Have you heard of Big Library Read? Chances are if your library uses Overdrive as a source of ebooks, you have. This is a ‘book club’ of sorts, sponsored by Overdrive, that attempts to enable the ‘whole’ world to read the same book at the same time. Several times each year, Overdrive chooses a book and makes unlimited copies available for two weeks through participating library systems. During this time, you can check out the ebook as usual with NO wait list. And all your friends can do the same, so you can all read it at the same time and discuss it.
Though I’ve thought of participating each time, I’ve only actually done so once, and that was last October. The book chosen was In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Truthfully I didn’t expect to read it, but it was sitting there waiting for me to check out, so when I found I had a little extra reading time on my hands [the Cardinals were eliminated from the postseason early :( ] I picked it up. And I enjoyed it very much. My only disappointment was that, even though ‘everybody’ was reading this book, I didn’t see anyway to discuss it with the world, but perhaps there were programs available through the library that I’m not aware of.
What I am leading up to is this — there is another Big Library Read event coming up next month, March 17-31. And this time, YOU can help choose the book that is offered. (I really don’t know if voting was done in the past, but this is the first time I’ve voted.) There are about two dozen books to choose from, all from the memoir/biography genre. Why don’t you take a look and see if anything interests you? If enough bloggers are interested in the final choice, maybe we can figure out a way to do a read-along and discussion together.