Can you believe it’s July already? I personally can’t. The year so far has been a dumpster fire at most but some things have been pretty good. Especially in my bookish life and that includes the book club! I’ve been consistent with it and I’m so happy about that. Just hoping this energy continues through the rest of the year. For July I spiced it up a bit (thanks to a dear bookstagram buddy) and we went with picking an adult science fiction/fantasy book. After all the votes we settled for a most anticipated read!
July Book Club Pick
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…
Here it is! Ah I can’t wait to start reading this 😍
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It’s June and that means we have a new book club pick! I’m trying to make our reading picks as diverse as possible this year. I’m really happy with our June pick. We had 3 really important books to choose from this month and I’m hoping to have those as future book club read as well. Our next book is a powerful story that I can’t wait to read!
June Book Club Pick
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Here it is! Everyone has said that this book is a must read and I’m looking forward to reading this with everyone.
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And we’re back with our second read of May. The voting for this one happened over on the Goodreads page and it took some time to come down to our chosen read. There were so many amazing titles to choose from and we kept getting ties! but in the end one of the books had the higher votes. Our next read is complex and high on family drama!
May Book Club Pick (#2)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
And this is our second read this month! I’m so excited to start this one. Truth be told I don’t really know what to expect from this book. I’m not reading spoilers because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything of the story for myself. The miniseries is also out so that would be great to see after reading this!
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What better way to keep ourselves busy than with a book club read?
I’ve been slacking when it comes to maintaining my book club. The year so far was pretty rough but with having graduated this month (yay me!) and being in self isolation I decided it’s about time to restart. So, for the month of May I wanted to go with a young adult fantasy theme. We had a few book picks and after the votes were in we settled on a book that’s a retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses with a whole lot of twists and turns. Intrigued? Continue reading to see what book we chose!
May Book Club Pick
House of Salt and sorrows by Erin A. Craig
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next
So here it is! I’ve heard so much about this book and a majority of readers who I follow on Goodreads have seemed to enjoy it. I’m really excited to start this. I have a feeling it’s going to have a lot of twists and hopefully will be a little dark? I guess we’ll see.
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