Cool Down with Agatha Christie – Standalones Readalong

You may have heard that HarperCollins is reissuing all of Agatha Christie’s books exclusively. To celebrate, they have enlisted my help, along with Book Club Girl and three other bloggers to host an Agatha Christie Summer Readalong Extravaganza called “Cool Down With Agatha Christie,” which will be taking place this June, July, and August.

Here’s what HarperCollins has to say about the reissues:

HarperCollins is proud to now be Agatha Christie’s global publisher and will be reissuing all of her books in beautiful trade paperback editions. These wonderful authentic editions are exactly as Christie wrote them using the original UK texts. Read

all of the Christie mysteries including the Hercule Poirot Mysteries, the Miss Marple Mysteries, and the Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries (Winter 2012). And don’t miss a single one of Christie’s stand-alone novels and short stories.

I will specifically be hosting a readalong of some of the standalone books during the fourth Friday of every month. If you want to start getting ready now, here is my schedule:

Endless Night – June 27
And Then There Were None (previously known as Ten Little Indians)– July 25
Ordeal by Innocence – August 22

I will have five copies of each to give away to people who plan to participate, as well as one mystery prize to be given away to a participant in each discussion.

Feel free to grab the general button and/or the one specifically for my standalones readalong:

As I said, though, I am one of five bloggers co-hosting this event. Check out what everyone else is doing as well:

Jen from Book Club Girl: Agatha Christie short stories – schedule
Julie from Booking Mama: Poirot – schedule
Melissa from The Sunday Book Review: Miss Marple – schedule
Nicole from Linus’s Blanket: movies – schedule

If you plan to participate in any of the events, we encourage to leave a link on the Mr. Linky below (please note, all of our blogs have the same Mr. Linky, so you only need to leave your information once), either to an announcement post or to your blog in general:

If you are planning to participate in my first readalong for Endless Night, please leave your name in the Google form below. I will choose five people who have signed up at random to receive copies of the book from HarperCollins. Please sign up by 11:59 pm Central on Friday, June 3. Winners will be notified over the weekend. Having a blog is NOT a requirement.

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Announcing: BOOK CLUB with Devourer of Books and Linus’s Blanket

It seems funny, but a little over a year ago, Nicole from Linus’s Blanket and I didn’t really ‘know’ one another. Then we worked together on a project for Buy Books for the Holidays, and we found that we worked very well together. As we began to explore one anothers’ blogs, we also learned that we had very similar tastes in books as well. Between those two things, a blogging friendship was born.

Since then, I helped out with That’s How I Blog, then we hung out together at BEA, started a podcast together, and spent countless hours together on google chat. And now, we are working together on a new project, one which you can become directly involved in:

BOOK CLUB.

BOOK CLUB is an opportunity for people to get together to discuss great books from small presses. We both know that there are some fabulous books coming out all the time from small presses and we wanted to make a point to read more this year, and help raise awareness of these books and publishers in the realm of book blogging and beyond. During the first part of 2011, we will be working with Other Press and Graywolf Press to bring you some fabulous books.

We will be discussing a book on either my blog or Nicole’s on the fourth Tuesday of every month. During the second week of the month, both Nicole and I will give away 5 copies of the BOOK CLUB discussion book for the following month. For example, today we are each giving away five copies of “A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear,” which we will be discussing on Tuesday, January 25th at Linus’s Blanket. Whether you receive the book from one of us or pick it up yourself, we would love to have you join in the conversation.

Because Other Press will be providing the books for us to discuss, I ask that everyone requesting this book have either a blog where they plan to review it, a Twitter account where they discuss books, of that they post a review on either a bookish social media site (LibraryThing, GoodReads, etc.) or an online bookselling site (Powells, Indiebound, Amazon, etc). I also ask that you commit to reading the book and joining the discussion. We are limited in our shipping to US-only.

If you are interested, please fill out the Google form below. The first five people who do so and meet the above qualifications will receive a copy of the book from Other Press.

This giveaway is now closed. Please check back in the second week of January for our next BOOK CLUB selection

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