Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Migrant Bookclub Reading List

Thank you all so much for voting on titles for The Migrant Bookclub! I am so excited about this and promise you to make it as fun and exciting as possible!!! Here's the deal.

First, please take a look at the top 12 titles we selected to read. The percentages add up to more than 100% because people were allowed to vote on more than one title at a time.

12. "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" by Julia Alvarez: 20%
11. "Love and Obstacles" by Aleksandar Hemon: 23%
10. "The Ministry of Pain" by Dubravka Ugresic: 23%
9. "One more year" by Sana Kasikov: 23%
8. "Solo" by Rana Dasgupta: 25%
7. "Apricots from Chernobil" by Josip Novakovic: 28%
6. "Netherland" by Joseph O'Neil: 28%
5. "Cold Snap" by Cynthia M. Phoel: 28%
4. "The Foreign Student" by Susan Choi: 38%
3. "In America" by Susan Sontag: 38%
2. "Ignorance" by Milan Kundera: 45%
1. "Street Without a Name" by Kapka Kassabova: 45%

AWESOME LIST, no? A little Easter-Europe-heavy BUT. Don't fret! You are NOT going to be bored by these titles, I assure you. Plus, try to think if you ever met a boring Eastern European. There.

After I listed the top 12 titles, I used a random number generator and obtained a sequence of titles. The sequence is as follows:

10
11
5
9
2
1
4
3
6
12
7
8

I use my host power to flip titles 10 and 5 (because I am super excited about y'all reading Cold Snap!!!) and came up with our final reading list for the next 12 months!

July 2010: "Cold Snap" by Cynthia M. Phoel
August 2010: "Love and Obstacles" by Alexandar Hemon
September 2010: "The Ministry of Pain" by Dubravka Ugresic
October 2010: "One more year" by Sana Kasikov
November 2010: "Ignorance" by Milan Kundera
December 2010: "Street Without a Name" by Kapka Kassabova
January 2011: "The Foreign Student" by Susan Choi
February 2011: "In America" by Susan Sontag
March 2011: "Netherland" by Joseph O'Neil
April 2011: "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" by Julia Alvarez
May 2011: "Apricots from Chernobil" by Josip Novakovic
June 2011: "Solo" by Rana Dasgupta

I am currently doing research and in a couple of days will publish a simple list of Migrant Bookclub Guidelines to help us stay on track. If you have participated in bookclubs and have any ideas/recommendations about making this thing run smoothly, PLEASE let me know. Advice on reading schedules, deadlines, posting discussion questions and reading guides are more than welcome!

In addition to all of the above, I am also hoping to be able to interview as many of our writers as I can and I am REALLY hoping to be able to host live Twitter Chats with as many of them as possible. Let's all keep our fingers crossed on this one. If you happen to have our boy Milan's number on speed-dial, by all means let me know. I would love to give him a buzz.

While I'm getting all our ducks in order, you make sure you go ahead and order your copy of Cold Snap and help me spread the word about our little adventure.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS WITH ME! You are THE BEST!

4 comments:

  1. really excited! already ordered a copy of cold snap :) btw I just came across this title today - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0143113011/ref=nosim/themillions-20
    might be of interest in the future...

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  2. Me too! I am so excited and just ordered my copy of Cold Snap. Happy reading!

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  3. yay how fun! I will do my best to read along and participate...

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  4. I hope to add enough interesting posts about the themes, books, and authors that even if you don't read all of the works, you would still find the conversations interesting!

    Lauren! I am soooo excited to see you here!!! Did you receive your copy of Cold Snap?

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