Reflections and Updates

Hi, readers!

Another successful meeting! Thank you for attending and bringing your thoughtful and respectful discussion.

This past Friday, we discussed the ending to The Fifth Season. A group’s ability to talk about a single book for well over an hour is incredible to me, and I am so grateful to all of you for participating.

Overall, the consensus was positive, if a bit confused. We were left with many questions (some of which appear to be answered early on in the second book, according to the members who started it). I know I’m going to continue with the series and, while we won’t be meeting to discuss them, I hope that some of you join me in finishing it!

My favorite part of these discussions is one that I didn’t consider existing before starting them. I thought that I would branch out of my usual genres, be given more inspiration to read, and share my thoughts and feelings with people at the same stage of reading as myself. All of these have been fulfilled over and over again, but what I didn’t expect was how much of a better reader you inspire me to be. I’m not very critical in my reading. I am easily satisfied, and I don’t ask many questions. You guys do. You dig deeper into the plot and the characters than I have before, and you dredge up curiosity, confusion, interest, and disappointment where I didn’t even think to look for any. Your questioning the book makes me question my own perceptions, and I have thoroughly enjoyed rethinking the way I read with and because of you!

Next Up

We’re diving into Sinister Magic! Since this book is quite short, we’re tentatively aiming to meet a single time to discuss its entirety on September 4th, instead of splitting it up over two meetings across a full month. If this is not workable for you, please reach out!

This means that the next book we read (after Sinister Magic) will have meetings on September 18th and October 2nd.

Since we have limited time to decide on a genre and pick a book between now and September 4th, and considering it nearly tied with Sinister Magic this round, our next book will be The Rook! You can see the voting breakdown as well as details about the book in the previous post here.

I will add all of this info to the calendar for a more scheduled display of info.

Finally, it’s a ways off yet, but start thinking about what you’d like to read for October! We’ve decided to do a Halloween theme, and I’ll leave it as open to interpretation as you’d like it to be. As always, I will go seek out some books if I don’t get enough submissions.

Happy reading!

Breakdown of Upcoming Events

(All meeting times are at 10:00 pm EDT)

09/04: Entirety of Sinister Magic

09/18: First half of The Rook.

10/02: Ending of The Rook.

10/16: First half of whatever horror/Halloween themed book is chosen.

10/30: Ending of the horror/Halloween themed book.


An Update and Info for September’s Read

Hello readers!
First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart to the about ten of you who attended our first meeting on the third. I had no idea how this was going to go, and I was delightfully surprised that it went better than I ever could have imagined. You are an amazing group of people, and you brought so many insights and thoughtful ideas that I never would have come up with on my own. I’m thrilled to see how this group progresses and expands.
Next up, and this will be reflected in the calendar and about page, we are changing our meeting dates to Friday’s at 10pm EDT. Hopefully this will allow more people to comfortably attend without a workday on the horizon. I am still trying to figure out how best to work with our overseas readers who have to get up tragically early if they want to attend. Let’s all invade Canada and bring them with us!
Since I will be otherwise occupied on the 14th, our next meeting (where we will talk about the entirety of The Fifth Season) will be on August 21 at 10:00 pm EDT.
Friendly reminder to join the Discord server if you haven’t already. You can find the link to it in the social menu on this page. Also invite your friends to vote on our next book and join us! Remember that this is a commitment free group: attend if you want, skip a meeting if you like.

September’s Options

We will be reading urban fantasy this month, and I tried to find some options that you may not have read before.

You will find synopses for each book below, as well as links to their Goodreads pages. Below the summaries is the section where you can vote. Voting will close on August 15 at 11:59pm.

We will meet to discuss the first half of whatever book is chosen on September 4, and our final meeting for it will be on September 18. You can always check the calendar at the bottom of the homepage or reach out in the Discord group for info.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Sinister Magic by Lindsay Buroker

(Note: this book does not appear to be on Bookshare)

I’m Val Thorvald, and I’m an assassin.
When magical bad guys hurt people, I take care of them. Permanently.
This doesn’t make me popular with the rest of the magical community—as you can tell from the numerous break-ins and assassination attempts I’ve endured over the years. But thanks to my half-elven blood, a powerful sword named Chopper, and a telepathic tiger with an attitude, I’ve always been able to handle my problems with aplomb. Maybe some cursing and swearing, too, but definitely aplomb.
That changes when my boss is afflicted with a mysterious disease, a government agent starts investigating me, and a godforsaken dragon shows up in the middle of my latest job.
I’ve taken down vampires, zombies, and ogres, but dragons are way, way more powerful. And it doesn’t look like this one is going to like me.
Worse than that, he wants to use his magic to compel me to do his bidding, as if I’m some weak-minded minion.
That’s not going to happen. I’d die before being some dragon’s slave.
But if I can’t figure out a way to avoid him, save my boss, and get rid of the government spook, I’m screwed. Or dead. Or screwed and dead. And that’s never comfortable.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.
She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.
In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin

For Matthew Swift, today is not like any other day. It is the day on which he returns to life.
Two years after his untimely death, Matthew Swift finds himself breathing once again, lying in bed in his London home.
Except that it’s no longer his bed, or his home. And the last time this sorcerer was seen alive, an unknown assailant had gouged a hole so deep in his chest that his death was irrefutable…despite his body never being found.
He doesn’t have long to mull over his resurrection though, or the changes that have been wrought upon him. His only concern now is vengeance. Vengeance upon his monstrous killer and vengeance upon the one who brought him back.

Vote here!

What shall we read for September?

  • Sinister Magic by Lindsay Buroker (45%, 5 Votes)
  • The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (36%, 4 Votes)
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (9%, 1 Votes)
  • A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin (9%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Our first book!

As is pretty evident by the choices, I’m going with a more sci-fi theme for our first book. It’s a genre I’m unfamiliar with beyond one or two books, so I’m excited to try something new!
Since many of you have delved into this genre a lot already, feel free to let me know if you have already read all the options. Don’t select an option you’ve already read unless you truly don’t mind re-reading it with us.

I’m opening up next sections submissions now, so feel free to throw some titles at me. I’m thinking urban fantasy?

Just do us all a favor and pick the first book in a series, if you can.

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