My friend Sophie in the Moonlight had an idea–The Writing in the Water Book Exchange.
If you wish to participate, you send me your favourite book – you pick the WHY component (is it your favorite because of the plot, the characters, the environment, the personal autobiographical space we were in at the time…) – and I’ll shuffle them around and send one back to each participant and keep one for myself. (Of course, I might already have the book, so let me know the title before you get out the postage.) When we’re all done, we can have a roundtable-like discussion on what makes a character memorable, etc. Maybe we can all learn a bit about one another through the exchange & find out why a character connects to a reader.
There is the issue of getting your book back. We could either send out books without expecting them back (hard for any book lover), promise on our favorite writer’s soul to send the book we get back, or send along postage to add incentive and guilt.
And hey, if you participate, I’ll send you a copy of one of the three novels I’ve finished–which may or may not be encouraging, but there you go.
I’d love to know what you’d want me to read.