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Celebrity Book Clubs

Not so long ago I read a headline about Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen starting a book club and it occurred to me that celebrity book clubs are getting more and more popular. Now, I haven’t seen much about the book club started by those two ladies since it was announced in Feb but here are some other celeb clubs I love and some that might be of interest.

 

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Our Shared Shelf

Emma Watson created Our Shared Shelf to share the literature she was reading as part of her work for the UN. Originally the group read a different feminist book each month but now read a book every two months to allow all members time to acquire and read it. There are currently over 200,000 members in the group hosted on Goodreads. There are also Facebook and Instagram pages with beautiful content updated daily. The discussions each month are very active and will give readers a lot to think about.

Some books they’ve read:

The Handmaid's TaleWomen Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman ArchetypeThe ArgonautsThe Complete PersepolisHow to Be a WomanThe Color Purple


Between Two Books

This book club began when Florence and the Machine fan, Leah Moloney, commented on a tweet from Florence Welsh suggesting a book club be started reading works recommended by her. The group is fan run and has been going strong for 5 years now. They are most active on Instagram so discussions may not be as in depth but there is a strong sense of camaraderie among the readers. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Some of the books they’ve read:

The Lesser BohemiansThe Great GatsbyLast Exit to BrooklynBoneNight Flower: The Life and Art of Vali MyersThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle


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RW Book Club

Reese Witherspoon’s book club, hosted mainly on Instagram, seems like more a recommendations club than a reading club. Witherspoon describes it as a community for the love of reading on the Instagram page. Since this one is on Instagram as well there’s very little discussion about the books but there is also a fan run Facebook page where people can chat.

Some of the books they’ve read:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineLet's Just Say It Wasn't PrettyThe Alice NetworkThe End of the AffairBig Little LiesWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


Vaginal Fantasy

By far my favourite and in my opinion the most fun. The club is hosted by Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont, Kiala Kazebee and Bonnie Burton on Goodreads and YouTube. You can also check them out on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Each month one of the girls picks a romance genre novel usually with a strong female lead then get together on the last Tuesday of the month on a Google Hangout to discuss the book (there’s usually a drop of booze involved). Many members of the group have set up local clubs to meet and discuss the books as well. The group is very active with lots of discussion on the books.

Some of the books they’ve read:

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1)Outlander (Outlander #1)Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)Tipping the Velvet


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Belletrist

Emma Roberts book club is a relatively new one. The actress began the club earlier this year. Similar to RW Book Club and Between Two Books in that it’s hosted mainly on Instagram. There’s also a very snazzy Tumblr where readers can sign up for a newsletter. They are quite active and do interviews with the authors of chosen books.

Some of the books they’ve read:

TouchSex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good TimeThe Rules Do Not ApplyThis Is Just My Face: Try Not to StareMarlenaModern Lovers


 

Honourable Mention

I just came across this apparent book club featured on Bookstr, The Lisa Simpson Book Club. It seems to be just a list of all the books she’s been seen reading on the show as opposed to an actual club.

Photos are from each group’s Facebook and Instagram.

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Werewolf Frenzy 24 – 27 August

Werewolf Frenzy is a 4-day monthly readathon on My Vampire Book Obsession.


Target: 300 pages

Thursday: Sex Object 50pgs
Friday: Sex Object pg50 – pg130
Saturday: Sex Object pg130 – pg223
Sunday: zilch (2 hours of an audiobook)

Total Pages Read: 223


Wednesday night (the pregame): I have been in such a reading slump the past week I’m hoping this readathon will push be out of it. I’m setting my target kind of low (300 pages) because of the slump and I want to get some writing done over the weekend too. I would like to get at least one whole book read though. Lately, I have been binge watching loads of BookTube videos, I have so many to catch up it’s crazy. I took a bit of a break from it for about two months. I find it can get a bit repetitive, it seems everyone reads the same books and they’re mainly YA which is not my genre. I do love the reading vlogs and I want to try to imitate that style of video with this post. Anywho… it’s 11 pm now so I’m going to bed to read for about an hour I’ll be reading either The Essex Serpent or The Many Sins of Lord Cameron on audio. Both historicals but very different.

Thursday 11:40 am: Spent the morning sweeping, mopping, dusting and washing because my parents are visiting today. They’re only coming for lunch but the house must at least look respectable. Got some groceries for the tea, checked my Goodreads notifications and updated challenge links. No reading yet… I did read a bit last night but that doesn’t count towards the readathon. I read for about half an hour and then snooped on other readathons on Twitter. There’s an account called Readathon News run by Little Book Owl that lists all the readathons on during the year. So, I came across this one, Wonder Week, which begins during Werewolf Frenzy so I figured I might as well join in. This one is geared more towards book bloggers as opposed to vloggers and is based on a bingo sheet. I really love this format as it gives much more choice with books and since I’m a mood reader this really works for me. As Wonder Week is a week long readathon I’ll do a separate post about it. Anyway, my parents will be here in about an hour so I’m going to read for a bit.

7:40 pm: I have gotten absolutely zero reading done. I thought my parents were just staying for lunch but they stayed for lunch and dinner! I’m not complaining, it was lovely to have them especially since they are travelling for a month on Saturday. Also didn’t hurt that they gave me 6 bottles of wine when they arrived!! Instead of reading earlier I decided to de-spiderweb my garden furniture for some reason…. been feeling like I’m covered in bugs all day since.

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Friday 9:35 am: Ok so I dropped The Essex Serpent. I read about 6 more pages last night and got so annoyed at the slow pace that I returned it to Borrow Box. I then procrastinated for awhile by filling a picnic basket with all my feminist books then chose one of them to read. So now I’m reading Sex Object by Jessica Valenti. I read 50 pages last night and it’s really good so far.

Sunday 10:17 pm: I got absolutely zero reading done today. Saturday I went into town for a few hours with my husband and then we watched a movie. I managed to get some reading in after that and finished Sex Object.

Today I listened to two hours of an audiobook and have been doing group stuff on Goodreads. We announced teams for our Vampire Wars challenge and there were lots of kinks to sort out. I was also taking photos for my Instagram and editing them which took awhile.


So I didn’t reach my goal (well I did if you count the audiobook) but I’m happy I managed to finish Sex Object. It was a really interesting book I’ll have a review of it in my wrap up for August.

I really enjoyed doing this kind of post, it’s a bit more fun and relaxed than reviewing. If you’d like to see more stuff like this let me know. I’d also love to read more posts like this so if you’ve written one please post a link below 🙂

 

My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

Highlights

Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.


So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!

Vampire Academy Reading Challenge

This Challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession

 

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Duration
6 months

Levels
Bachelors Degree – 12 books 2 tasks per module
Masters Degree – 24 books 4 tasks per module
Doctoral Degree – 36 books 6 tasks per module

Modules
♱ Immortality & Resurrection
♱ Celestial Transitions
♱ Fangology
♱ Strigoi Studies
♱ Undead Politics
♱ Interspecies Relations
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Being a member of the Undead, living eternally
Read a book where…
1. a character is a vampire
2. a character is immortal
3. a character dies
4. a character resurrected
5. there are zombies or ghosts
6. a character is over 500 years old

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No more sun, life in the moonlight
Read a book…
1. that takes place during summer
2. with werewolves
3. that has a blue cover (blue moon)
4. with a circular object on the cover
5. from the sci-fi genre
6. with vampires that can go out in the sun (even if it’s for a small amount of time)

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Taking care of your fangs, biting for blood
Read a book…
1. with teeth on cover
2. where a character is a dentist or doctor
3. where a character drinks blood
4. that has a white cover
5. with a British character
6. that is a ‘guilty pleasure’

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Vampires through the ages
Read a book…
1. from the Historical genre
2. a book that you find scary or something scary happens
3. with vampires that cannot go into the sun
4. with several species of vampire
5. with vampires that have special abilities
6. set in eastern Europe

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Vampire laws, sect communications
Read a book…
1. where some of the characters live in a sect/pack/group
2. with a governing body/lord/queen
3. there is a war/fight between groups
4. a character goes rogue
5. a character breaks the law
6. a leader is attacked

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Interacting with other creatures i.e. werewolves, witches, demons, etc.
Read a book…
1. with werewolves or shifters
2. with angels or demons
3. with humans that have abilities i.e. psychic
4. with witches
5. with fae/elves (includes goblins, brownies, dryads, etc.)
6. with any other supernatural creature e.g. mermaids, dragons, unicorns, banshee, etc.)


My Challenge

Doctoral Degree – 36 books Jan – Jun 2017

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Being a member of the Undead, living eternally
Read a book where…
1. a character is a vampire Carmilla 1/1/17
2. a character is immortal Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
3. a character dies Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
4. a character resurrected The Darkest Passion 27/1/17
5. there are zombies or ghosts Ghost Story 20/1/17
6. a character is over 500 years old Changes 16/1/17

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) by Jim Butcher

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No more sun, life in the moonlight
Read a book…
1. that takes place during summer Darkfever 1/2/17
2. with werewolves Shiver 5/1/17
3. that has a blue cover (blue moon) Before Midnight 8/1/17
4. with a circular object on the cover Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
5. from the sci-fi genre Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets 3/3/17 wouldn’t have considered this sci fi but over 1000 people tagged it science fiction so I’m going with it
6. with vampires that can go out in the sun (even if it’s for a small amount of time) Spider’s Bite 11/1/17 (hide spoiler)]
Section completed 3/3/17
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5) by Meljean Brook Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

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Taking care of your fangs, biting for blood
Read a book…
1. with teeth on cover Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 10/2/17
2. where a character is a dentist or doctor Angel in Scarlet 10/2/17
3. where a character drinks blood Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17
4. that has a white cover The Harlequin 21/2/17
5. with a British character The House at Cobb End
6. that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ Depravity 15/1/17

The House at Cobb End (Cassandra Palmer, #5.1) by Karen Chance Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Depravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Vampires through the ages
Read a book…
[1. from the Historical genre The Leopard Prince 18/1/17
2. a book that you find scary or something scary happens Cold Days 31/1/17
3. with vampires that cannot go into the sun Jabril 16/2/17
4. with several species of vampire Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
5. with vampires that have special abilities Raphael 8/1/17
6. set in eastern Europe Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/4/17

Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds The Leopard Prince (Princes Trilogy, #2) by Elizabeth Hoyt Side Jobs Stories from the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim Butcher Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) by D.B. Reynolds Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling

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Vampire laws, sect communications
Read a book…
1. where some of the characters live in a sect/pack/group Devastation 17/1/17
2. with a governing body/lord/queen Small Favor 2/1/17
3. there is a war/fight between groups Refugee 22/1/17
4. a character goes rogue Shitty Beer 6/1/17
5. a character breaks the law Turn Coat 10/1/17
6. a leader is attacked The Professional 20/1/17

Devastation (Beastly Tales #3) by M.J. Haag Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Refugee (The Captive, #3) by Erica Stevens Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher The Professional (The Game Maker, #1) by Kresley Cole

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Interacting with other creatures i.e. werewolves, witches, demons, etc.
Read a book…
1. with werewolves or shifters Kitty and the Midnight Hour 29/1/17
2. with angels or demons Skin Game 12/2/17
3. with humans that have abilities Web of Lies 6/2/17
4. with witches Embrace the Night 22/2/17
5. with fae/elves (includes goblins, brownies, dryads, etc.) Grizzly 31/1/17
6. with any other supernatural creature e.g. mermaids, dragons, unicorns, banshee, etc.) Deceit 16/1/17

Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) by Carrie Vaughn Grizzly (The Realms, #1) by Bonnie Bliss Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance


 

May’s Reading Challenge

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession and written by the wonderful Dee.

Duration: May 1st to May 31st

How It Works
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. So pick which level you want to do and that's how many items you will need to check off.

Levels:
Transitional - 2 books
Fledgling - 4 books
Vampire - 6 books
Master - 8 books
Vampire King or Queen - 10 book

1. May Day, the first of May is celebrated around the world. It has a number of meanings. In many other countries it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. It is celebrated with many spring flowers, many of them blooming right in your own backyard. To communist and socialist countries, it is a celebration for the workers. 
Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover.

2. On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the roots of Cinco de Mayo. 

Today, this holiday is celebrated by Mexicans, and especially the Hispanic community in the U.S. It is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent. 
Read a book with a celebration or a book set in Mexico.

3. International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. You could consider it a "Big" backlash against becoming little (err thin) people. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have. It encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes....... and that's okay.
Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover.

4. It's time to get out your sandals and flip flops. For today is No Socks Day. Go ahead..... free your toes of the confines of socks and stockings. Give those toes of yours a breath of fresh air. The creators of this day also profess that No Socks Day will reduce your laundry load, and therefore, is healthy for the environment.
Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin or with a hot guy on the cover.

5. Clean Up Your Room Day is a day parents eagerly await........... and kids dread!

If you've got kids, it is very possible that their rooms are a vast wasteland, completely filled with "good stuff". "Messy" is too kind of an adjective to describe the conditions. Its impossible to walk through the room. Every dresser and shelf (and under the bed), is packed with everything imaginable. Dust has been piling up as long as your child has been around. Comfy, cozy, and quite livable to the child, its an everyday source of frustration for the "folks".
Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months.

6. Twilight Zone Day is mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but I think you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day.
Read a book that you think is a little scary or a book with a dark cover.

7. No Dirty Dishes Day is a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying dishes, then put them away in various cabinets and drawers. We perform this task after each and every meal, and often after snacks. Even putting them in and out of the dishwasher and running it, can be a chore.

You deserve a break from this routine. And, today is that day. The objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. It is not intended to pile them up until tomorrow.
I would like to say....don't buy a book today, but we all know, I would fail. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover.

8. This is a great day! It's World Goth Day.

As it should be, everyone who is into the Goth sub-culture, now has a day to celebrate who they are. Go out and embrace your inner and your outer Goth today.
Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book.

9. It's National Tap Dance Day. Today is a great day to dance the night away.... and the daytime, too!

This day was created in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25, 1878.
I think I'll wear my tap shoes today! Read a book that you think is fun or a book with a fun cover.

10. Today is Pack Rat Day. C'mon, admit it... .. you're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. If you are a Pack Rat, you're in good company. You might as well come out of hiding behind those piles of valuable "stuff", and celebrate this fun day.

Its really easy to let things pile up. After all, each item you acquire along the road of life may have value or serve some meaningful purpose. 'Ya just never know. Making the decision to discard something of even remotely questionable value, is difficult, if not impossible to do. We understand you perfectly. Why? Because most of us are pack rats.
Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover.

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How pretty is the heart for this challenge???? Love it!


Here are my selections, books and read dates.

01. Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover. Bossypants 26/5/17

02. Read a book with a celebration. Unmasqued 1/5/17

03. Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover. Drink Deep 17/5/17

04. Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin. Hard Bitten 11/5/17

05. Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months. Master of Seduction 4/5/17

06. Read a book with a dark cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 15/5/17

07. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

08. Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book. The Greyfriar 22/5/17

09. Read a book that you think is fun. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

10. Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover. The Handmaid’s Tale 26/5/17 I’m counting the bird as an animal

Unmasqued by Colette Gale Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) by Kinley MacGregor Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) by Chloe Neill Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) by Clay Griffith The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Bossypants by Tina Fey

Do you Book Club?

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.

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I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)

But what about real life book clubs??? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.

Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!


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