Monday, February 2, 2009

5 Minutes for Books

I have found an interesting blog called 5 Minutes for Books. They feature guest bloggers writing reviews of books. Because I am always looking for new ideas on what to read, I have decided to participate in their Tuesday community events. This is the schedule (I copied and pasted from their site):

The FIRST Tuesday of each month is the Classics Bookclub. You don't have to sign up or declare your intent. Simply read along, and then post your thoughts on your blog on the first Tuesday of each month. They usually provide some questions as food for thought, but you don't have to adhere to them. You can answer one of them or all of them, or simply post your own thoughts.
* February 3 — I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
* March 3 — Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
* April 7 — Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
* May 5 — The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
* June 2 — Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
* July 7 — Any work by Louisa May Alcott (maybe use the long summer months to do a read-aloud or family read)
* August 4 — The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
* September 1 — Any work by Mark Twain (maybe use the long summer months to do a read-aloud or family read)

The SECOND Tuesday of each month is Children's Classics. In this carnival, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on a favorite children's classic. We have suggested topics for each month:
* February 10 — A.A. Milne's — Share your favorite work (or read one for the first time)
* March 10 — Beatrix Potter

The THIRD Tuesday of each month is Kids' Picks. This allows us to showcase what our children have enjoyed from that month. Hearing what other children love to read often gives me great suggestions for my kids, so beyond what you think that they should be reading, or what you've told them they have to read, what have they chosen to read (or if they are pre-readers, they want you to read over and over again).

The FOURTH Tuesday of each month is by far our most popular monthly happening. What's on Your Nightstand? invites you to share what you plan to read that month, and/or short reviews of what you did read the month before. You can show a picture, you can give backstory on why you decided to read a certain book, or just write a list. It's up to you.

Each month that there is a FIFTH Tuesday, you can participate in our quarterly I Read It! carnival (September, December, and March). In addition to commenting on our review posts, this is a great way to encourage the reviewers by letting them know which of their recommendations that you actually read. You can tell us if you agreed or disagreed with our review of the book.