Our readers have spoken. Actually, it was only a fraction of our readership, but we appreciate the input. The 49 writers book club will continue as it began, discussing one book per quarter, over the span of a weekend.
Now to choose the book. Five great Alaskan titles were nominated. If we promise this will be the last for awhile, will you humor us with another poll? To the right, please take a second or two to tell us which book you'd like to read this quarter. No obligation. No commitment. Isn't it great to be online? You can vote on a book but decide not to read it. You can read and participate without voting on the book. Or any other creative combinations of participating or not.
I've made a new shelf in the sidebar for our book club selections. Moving your cursor over each book, you can read a summary and reader reviews. The links will take you to Amazon to order if you like. Or visit the great folks at Title Wave in Anchorage - most likely they have these titles in stock. The poll closes in a week, and we're looking at March 7 and 8 as the book club discussion days.
At the risk of sounding like one of those "but wait!" commercials, we've got another great deal for you. Scanning the sidebar, you'll notice only one lonely book sits on the Northern Favorites shelf. Mine. Not just my selection, but a book I wrote. Can you believe this shameless self-promotion?
That's our intent. We want the Northern Favorites shelf to overflow with books placed by our readers. Books they love. Books they recommend. Yes, even books they've written themselves.
From now till February 14, it's open season at Northern Favorites. All you have to do is leave a comment on any post, and you get to put one book on the shelf - any title you want, as long as it's either by a Northern writer or at least partially set in the North. If you've already commented, that counts too.
If we were Bill Allen and you were lawmakers, this might be considered a bribe. We prefer to call it positive reinforcement, sort of like what I use to get my boxer puppy to sit and stay. We're encouraging comments because they infuse this blog with a real sense of community. So post and recommend a book for the shelf. You can either embed the title in your post, as in "Loved your post, Cinthia, and please add XOXOX to the Northern Favorites shelf," or you can use the contact form (in the sidebar to the right) to send a message, as in "I've left a comment at 49 writers; please add XOXOX to the Northern Favorites shelf." We'll update the shelf whenever we get around to it or on Fridays - whichever comes first.
To leave a comment, click the pencil icon at the bottom of any post. If you don't have a Google account, pick the Open ID option. Type your comment, type the CAPTCHA (the Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart, i.e. those crazy letters in the box), and choose whether you'd like an email if someone comments on your comment. Don't navigate away from the page till you see a message that your comment has been posted.