I don’t often deviate from my posting schedule on my blog, but sometimes information comes my way that I’d like to share with my readers. I often receive emails asking me to mention something on my blog, and many times, I’m not interested. In these cases, however, I wanted to say something because these are items that piqued my interest, things I’d be personally interested in, and wanted to tell you all about as well.
Ultra Violet Co-Ed Reading Challenge
This is the brainchild of authors Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March, and Matthew Norman, author of Domestic Violets. What Sarah and Matt are encouraging people to do is join or create a co-ed book club, then read each of these books and see what the male and female perspectives are on each. I think this sounds like a great idea, especially because I think men would enjoy some “women’s fiction” if they gave it a chance. Here’s more on the Ultra Violet Co-Ed Reading Challenge from Sarah’s website.
Gone Reading International
Gone Reading International is an organization that supports libraries in the developing world, which I think is an amazing cause. But what’s more, Gone Reading does that through the sale of adorable items for readers – shirts, coffee mugs, aprons, even items for your pets. The really amazing thing? Gone Reading doesn’t donate 5% or 10% of profits to their cause. It donates 100 PERCENT. That’s right – every penny of profit goes to support libraries in developing countries. So not only do you get a cute item for yourself (or your pet), but you’re funding a great cause. Check out Gone Reading’s website and see if anything strikes your fancy from their store!
DSC South Asian Literature Festival
The DSC South Asian Literature Festival is an amazing event that takes place in October in London and across the UK. I cannot express how much I’d love to travel to the UK one year for this amazing event. It features an impressive roster of South Asian authors. If you live in the UK or will be visiting this month, I can’t recommend the DSC South Asian Literature Festival highly enough.
Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Falling Under was a book I read and reviewed in my first days of blogging, one I thought was pretty incredible. Danielle emailed me to let me know that the book has a new cover and is now available for purchase in the Kindle format! Falling Under had a difficult battle to face because it came out right as the downturn started and was lost in the cries of the publishing industry’s demise. Danielle is hoping (and I loved this book, so I’m hoping as well) that the rerelease will give it some new buzz, especially since the book has gone out of print (which makes me want to cry).
Book Club Girl E-Book Bonanza
Apparently National Reading Group month is October (I did not know this!) and to celebrate, the folks at Harper are having a pretty great e-book sale. 12 of Harper’s best book club e-books are only $2.99 for the entire month of October! So even though I’m a bit late in posting this great info, you still have over two weeks to take advantage of this sale. Here’s more information from Book Club Girl herself on the E-Book Bonanza.