Saturday, January 20, 2007

Write Away Reading Group

The Write Away website is starting a Reading Group for registered members. They've decided to go for a thematic approach each month, with three or more books to read (you don't have to read all of them, if you don't have time) and discuss. Here are the chosen books for the next three months:

For the romantic month of February, our inaugural theme is retellings BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Robin McKinley Beauty (Corgi)
Robin McKinley Rose Daughter (Avon)
Donna Jo Napoli Beast (Simon Pulse)
Max Eilenberg & Angela Barrett Beauty and the Beast (Walker)

To coincide with the Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slavery, our topic for the month is books on a SLAVERY theme. The books are:

M T Anderson The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (Walker Books)
Malorie Blackman Unheard Voices (Random House)
James Riordan Rebel Cargo (Frances Lincoln)
Julia Bell Dirty Work (Macmillan)
Julia Golding Cat Among the Pigeons (Egmont)

In April we will have the first of our Author Focus discussions. We will be reading books by LINDA NEWBERY on the theme HISTORY AND HOUSES

The Shell House (Random House)
Set in Stone (Random House)
Polly's March (Usborne)

April looks like an interesting month - I've got the first two of those three books lurking on my library TBR as I happened to spot The Shell House in the library the day I went to pick up my reserved copy of Set in Stone ! The Reading Group discussions will take place on the Write Away forum, so if you're interested in participating, sign up to the site and start reading...

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