So it looks like we have about 10 or 12 people up for Tweet Talk Give itself, and a bunch more who can't take part but who have pledged their support in some other way.
Thank you very much! You're all very awesome people indeed. And if you're not taking part yet, there's plenty of time to join in. In fact, now's the ideal time.
So I'll be posting a few more times this week about Tweet Talk Give, including fundraising stuff. But for now, the main order of business is this: which book won the vote? It's:
In the end it was a closely run thing (sorry Auntie Annette!) between What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and Miranda July's No One Belongs Here More Than You. AM Homes got left behind altogether, and in the end Murakami edged it by five votes to four. (I love all three, so however it worked out was fine by me.)
If you have a copy already, get reading. If you've read it before, time to refresh your memory a bit. If you think you've got time to pick up a copy and read a bit before 3 March, great. But if it's not your preferred title or you don't have time to read between now and then, I've thought of something that should make it easier for you.
I'll blog about that, as well as one or two other bits and pieces, in a couple of days.
In the meantime, to get you in the mood, here's an interview with the author I've found in Runners World, where Murakami gives a hint of the book's central theme: the way his habit of running has influenced his creativity and his approach in general to writing novels.