The thought of someone else choosing books for me to read has always seemed horrifying. I’ve never joined a book club for this reason. There are so many books out there – I will never read all the ones I have chosen for myself, let alone what a group chooses.
So, naturally, I’m starting a book club.
Well, more of a duologue.
I’ve teamed up with my cousin, Lauren (who has also never been in a book club), to explore what this “shared reading” thing is all about.
A Court of Books and Bullshit.
When we logged into the video chat to discuss how this was going to run and what we were going to read, my first offering on the table was A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. “It was recommended to me as a better alternative to A Court of Thorns and…Bullshit,” I say, forgetting the actual, ridiculously long title for the hundredth time of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas. Luckily, my cousin laughed.
You see, she loves the Court series. I despised book one and didn’t continue.
After finalising our book list, Lauren kept coming back to this initial joke as our Book Club name. Realising she was serious, I heartily agreed. It’s good to know that even if we both have wildly different feelings about a book, we’ll still be able to laugh about it.
We aim to read one book every four weeks and will “meet up” every two weeks to discuss our progress, and then what we feel by the end.
Book List (in order)
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Now, this may look like a small list, but half of these books are part of a series. So, if we enjoy all of these, the total number of books is more like thirteen. We haven’t read any of these books aside from Cinder, which I have already adored. I’m thrilled Lauren has agreed to read something that isn’t new for the both of us because I really do want to reread the Lunar Chronicles ❤
Are you part of a book group? Why do you like being in one? How do you choose your books? Got any tips?
I made sure to pick books that have been sitting on my shelves, waiting, rather than new things that require purchase or ordering from the library. So we are excited for this list of books!