Another good reason of why I blog is because I get to meet like-minded bloggers online over time. Call it mutual support or mutual respect or simply mutual pollination of ideas, I treasure sustained mutual bumping of each others’ websites. Some last over the years. Writing can be a lonely affair. It is always good to have a handful of visible companions while finding my ways in this mental jungle of mine. Monthly page-views mean little if none translates into a visible dialog, a visible relationship.
OK. Enough digression. Long story short, Jo (from UK) and I both need a reading buddy for Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children”. And she has this idea. Why don’t we start a read along and in the mist of it, get readers to join us online? Great idea. I said on! Over the weekend, she has come out with a thick business-like e-proposal detailing the logistics and the options for this read along exercise. Goodness gracious me! Jo means business. Even though I fear of reading Salman Rushdie’s novels, I have this urge to grind through it. Who knows? I may enjoy the process.
That was back in August. Since then, 9 other bloggers (together with their respective readers) have joined. The idea is pretty simple. Over the read along period between Nov 12 and Dec 13, book club discussion questions will be hosted at her website every week. You can discuss these questions over at her website or you can express your views in yours and have the link sent to Jo. She will do the collation and etc. If you do wish to get your readers of your website to participate, feel free to sign up at her website.
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Today, I did a lengthy count (and I can only count the things I can see, such as comments posted in my site). 85% of my active readers are female. 12% are male and the remaining 3% are unknown. Judging from what I see on the street, in the bookstores, and in the library, I reckon more girls read books than guys do (and wouldn’t you wonder why?). So, I am expecting A LOT of you heading over to Jo’s website and join us for this read along. Yes? Of course, I need some guy power too though realistically speaking …
External Link: More details on read-along at Jo’s website.