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« on: August 11, 2009 10:24:20 PM »

Swap name: Book Club and Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Swap Co-Organizer: Nymeria
Sign-up date range: August 11, 2009 to August 25, 2009, 9 pm Pacific
Date to send item by: October 30, 2009

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Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Age requirement? 18

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

This swap is for book lovers to have their own book club, mixed with a craft swap! To join this swap you need to want to discuss the book we are reading together. We will do this via a closed group on Facebook. You must have a Facebook account or get one to join this swap. We will have discussion topics and questions on the Facebook group, as well as some fun off-topic chit-chat to get to know your partner and fellow group members.

To ensure that everyone has a book they want to read, please sign up for the group that most interests you. After sign-ups, each group will vote for the final book. Each group will read 1 book from the initial choices. Please dont sign up unless you are willing to read any of the books in that particular group. Voting is over and books are chosen. Please sign up for the book and group you want.

We will try to stay on schedule of reading about a quarter of the book every 2 weeks. Please try to check in and be part of the discussion at least once a week. This isnt a requirement as far as feedback for the swap, but it is kinda the point of the book club!  Smiley

We may also try to occasionally set up group chats. This may be tricky to organize, but even a few people together in a live chat is fun!


This swap requirements will be 2 medium items and 1 small item, crafted around your book and your partners tastes.

Group and Book Options:

Classics: The Remains of the Day

1984 George Orwell
This vision of a nightmare future gave us "Big Brother", "doublethink" and the "Thought Police."

Sula Toni Morrison
Describes the friendship between Sula and Nel, two intelligent black women, who are poor.

Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Outrageous humor exposes war's folly in WWII Italy.


The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
An elderly butler's life of devotion and self-denial leads to painful reflection.

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Ten-year-old Scout sees her lawyer father combat racism with compassion in a Mississippi town.




Current Bestselling Fiction: Best Friends Forever--A Novel

The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens lost her beloved mother when she was only four--under tragic circumstances clouded by time and secrecy. She later found a fiercely protective "stand-in," her abusive father's outspoken housekeeper, Rosaleen. Ignoring differences in age and color--and the fact that racial hatred seethed during the summer of 1964 in rural South Carolina--these two unlikely companions set off on a seemingly aimless pilgrimage that ends at the home of a trio of eccentric bee-keeping black sisters.


Best Friends Forever, A Novel Jennifer  Weiner
Popular television personality Valerie Adler turns to her long-forgotten, Illinois hometown friend Addie Downs when she runs into a bit of trouble involving betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets.

The Help Kathryn Stockett
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.


Non-Fiction: NO LONGER A CHOICE

The Absolute True Story of a Part Time Indian Sherman AlexieBudding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm-town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Not Buying it-My Year Without Shopping Judith LevineThis cold-turkey confession by an award-winning journalist follows her progress and inevitable
relapses over an entire year of not spending.

The United States of Arugula David KampThe wickedly entertaining, hunger-inducing, behind-the-scenes story of the revolution in American food that has made exotic ingredients, celebrity chefs, rarefied cooking tools, and destination restaurants familiar aspects of our everyday lives.

Service Included- Four Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter Phoebe DamroschForget the subtitle Ms. Damrosch never names names. What she does do is tell a delightful story of the opening of upscale New York City restaurant Per Se, a restaurant from uber-famous restauranteur, Thomas Keller.




Science Fiction: Doomsday Book

The Hammer of God Arthur C Clarke
An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and while a starship tries to redirect it, religious fanatics engage in sabotage to ensure that their predicted Apocalypse will come.

The Time Traveler's Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people who loved each other deeply, married, and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

Enders Game Orson Scott Card
The Earth is under attack from aliens known as "buggers." The only hope is a brilliant general named Ender Wiggin. The only problem is that he is a child.


Doomsday Book Connie Willis
Kirvin, a History student at Oxford in 2048, is sent back in time to complete her thesis and mistakenly thrust into the midst of the Black Plague in this work about human struggle and redemption.



Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

The Once & Future King -- T.H. White
The magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot, of Merlyn and Guinevere, of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war.

The Eyes of the Dragon Stephen King
A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must do battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of Good to fight for what is rightfully his.


Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
The excitement begins when the well-mannered and sensible Alice follows an elusive White Rabbit down the hole to Wonderland.

Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, but by the early 1800s they have lost the ability to perform magic.




Short Story Collections: Carried Away

Lost in the City Edward P. Jones
Young and old struggle for spiritual survival against the often crushing obstacles of the inner city in these 14 moving stories of African American life in Washington, D.C. Traveling street by street through the nation's capital, Jones introduces a wide range of characters, each of whom has a distinct way of keeping the faith.

Necronomicon: The Best of HP Lovecraft -- HP Lovecraft
Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published.


Carried Away Alice  Munro
Munros incomparable empathy for her characters, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative add up to a richly layered and capacious fiction. Like the World War I soldier in the title story, whose letters from the front to a small-town librarian he doesnt know change her life forever, Munros unassuming characters insinuate themselves in our hearts and take permanent hold.

A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Other Stories Flannery OConnor
With an keen eye for the dark side of human nature, an amazing ear for dialogue, and a necessary sense of irony, Flannery O'Conner exposes the underside of life in the rural south of the United States.




If you want to participate, information to send to BOTH MareMare AND Nymeria

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Book Club and Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country, FORMATTED FOR SHIPPING:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 13 years old:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from being paired with someone? Please list:

Do you have any allergens in your house that might prevent someone else from being paired with you? Please list:

Do you understand that we will be using Facebook Groups for this book group?

Communication is very important to me, please certify that you will keep up with timely communication to the organizers and your partner:

Which group do you want to be in? If you truly would like any group and want to be surprised/help the organizer, that is great!

Options are:
1.) Classics: Remains of the Day
2.) Current Bestselling Fiction: Best Friends: A Novel   
3.) Science Fiction: Doomsday Book
4.) Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
5.) Short Story Collections: Carried Away   







IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO BOTH MareMare AND Nymeria VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009 10:24:50 PM »

Participants:

1. MareMare 1.) Short Story 2.)
2. Nymeria 1.) Fantasy 2.)Classic
3. raeonix  1.) Classics 2.) Sci-fi
4. gigglygirl*  1.) Best Selling 2.) Sci-fi
5. Zombie_Queen 1.) Fantasy 2.) Sci-fi
6. Feast Your Eyes 1.) Sci-fi  2.) Best Selling
7. freestyle 1.) Short Story 2.) Sci-Fi
8. DesignVigilante 1.)Best Selling 2.) Short Story
9. aquamarine007 1.)Best Selling  2.)Sci-fi
10. UntouchableFace 1.)Sci-Fi  2.) Best Selling
11. craftADDchick 1.) Short Story  2.)
12. Banga  1.) Fantasy  2.) Sci-Fi
13. curiousfae 1.) Fantasy 2.) Best Selling
14. vanessow 1.) Fantasy 2.) Sci-Fi
15. maisey rose RE-creations 1.) Classics 2.)
16. trampycouture 1.) Best Selling 2.) Classics
17. lukenlarry 1.) Classics  2.) Sci-Fi  (possible second partner)
18. sorbetsurprise 1.) Classics 2.) Sci-Fi
19. luckdragon 1.) Short Story 2.) Classics
20. carrieme 1.) Sci-Fi 2.) Fantasy
21. Shablina 1.) Best Selling
22. tar3820 1.) Sci-Fi
23. poppymonkey* 1.)Sci-Fi

*Welcome first time swapper!


Classics--Remains of the Day new partner assignments

 maisey rose RE-creations --> sorbetsurprise--> raeonix --> maisey rose RE-creations


Current Best Selling Fiction--Best Friends: A Novel

DesignVigilante --> Shablina -->trampycouture --> DesignVigilante
aquamarine007 <--> gigglygirl


Science Fiction: Doomsday Book new partner assignments

Feast Your Eyes <--> MareMare
UntouchableFace <--> poppymonkey
carrieme <--> tar3820


Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland/Through the LookingGlass

Nymeria <--> Banga
curiousfae --> vanessow --> Zombie_Queen --> curiousfae


Short Story Collection: Carried Away

MareMare <--> luckdragon
craftADDchick <--> freestyle

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009 10:54:04 PM »

Oooooo! I'm interested, All the books in scifi look really intersting! I've read Ender's Game and it is AWESOME, my favorite book ever (there is a whole series you know, and a spinoff series)!

I saw the preview for The Time Traveler's Wife movie, and now i want to read it, but I have a feeling that it would break my heart, and I'd have that weak feeling inside my chest for weeks.

I'm going to college in the fall and I'm not sure how long I'll have to craft. Even if I Decide not to join the swap I'm totally going to read all the scifi books.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009 11:08:10 PM »

If you decide not to swap we could still let ya in the book club Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2009 11:19:20 PM »

Book marking! Grin Will sign up when i decide on a category and get an open slot.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2009 11:19:40 PM »

Awesome!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009 02:41:49 AM »

Oooh, good book choices!!!  I've read about half of those, and I'm reading Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell right now!!!

Oh, and A-A, The Timetravellers Wife is really awesome, but it will break your heart.  I havent seen the movie, but there is no way that it could possibly do justice to the book.
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009 04:59:50 AM »

I am so glad this is finally happening! Questionnaire sent XD
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2009 09:26:15 AM »

Oooh, good book choices!!!  I've read about half of those, and I'm reading Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell right now!!!

Oh, and A-A, The Timetravellers Wife is really awesome, but it will break your heart.  I havent seen the movie, but there is no way that it could possibly do justice to the book.

I saw previews of the movie in the theater.  There is no way I can read the book or see the movie.  I would be a blubbering idiot by the end.

I'm waiting on some feedback and then I'll join up.

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2009 09:53:20 AM »

i wish this had happened earlier in the summer.  it sounds like fun!  but i'm worried that once school starts and i have homework reading i won't be able to keep up with this reading.   Undecided
i still might have to think about it though.
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