You know we at That’s Normal love our books and wine, so it only makes sense that we’ve decided to combine the two! That’s right: we’re starting a book club.
Inspired in part by the Vaginal Fantasy crew (and in part by just…common sense), we’re going to pick a book each month and discuss it on a live Google Hangout here on our YouTube channel at the end of that month. With some drinks in hand to make things extra entertaining.
We want you to join us! If you have a Goodreads account, head over to our group and get started. (If you don’t have one yet, fear not–I just joined Goodreads and we can both be intimidated by Beth’s bookshelves together).
Nikki got us started on the forum with our first discussion, and we’d love to have more thoughts posted mid-month as we all read the June pick: Written in Red, by Anne Bishop. I did a really dramatic reading of the book’s description on our
live botched Google Hangout last night, which you can imagine while you read the transcript below:
“No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.”
You’re going to have to take my word for it, but we had a really great–at times profound–discussion last night, thinking you all were watching. (We were actually talking to ourselves, thanks to a widespread Google malfunction).
Some of our predictions for the book included:
- Wait, so…she has powers when she is…cut? Huh?
- Simon Wolfgard…DEFINITELY a werewolf, amiright? Also definitely a love interest.
- Taking it a step further, Beth boldly predicts that Simon Wolfgard and Meg will be doing it MID-PHASE into wolfyshape. WOAH. (Profound). P.S. Barrons could do that.
- We talked a bit about the cover, and Jamie shared some hair wisdom for the curly people: file cropped bob under do not attempt. She has some experience in this area, and highly advises against it.
- I thought the chick on the cover looks like Allison Scagliotti of Warehouse 13. And that’s all.
- Beth reminded us that this is the first in a series (unknown length, I think), the sequel to which will be out next year. So…sorry? You’re welcome? TBD. We will read the next one when it comes out, if this one is good!
The part where we have some unfinished business with the Fever Series (minor spoilers?)
- SURPRISE we talked about the Fever Series again. Specifically, when we will ever get some more Mac & Barrons in our lives. This brought us to Karen Marie Moning’s writing schedule, which brought us to…
- …the Iced series featuring Dani O’Malley, which continued in the Fever universe surrounding different characters. Specifically, we talked about how creeped out we were by the sexualized nature of the adult male characters aggressively pursuing young (like 14) Dani.
- Why couldn’t they have just fast-forwarded (that’s totally a thing, right?) Dani’s age to at least 17?
- So KMM is supposedly writing more Dani novels, and will then FINALLY give us more Mac & Barrons crack. We talked about our feels surrounding this issue, and whether we wanted to know more about that couple or not.
- I said something crazy (I was on my second glass of wine, sue me) about how I’m happy with the conclusion we were given, and that I’m satisfied with Mac & Barrons living on in my mind.
- Beth countered with the far superior “Mac & Barrons are living happily ever after…in my pants.” Like I said, you guys missed some Profound discussion.
We’re bummed that you missed out on our conversation last night, but the point remains: BOOZY BOOK CLUB, everyone!! We’re really excited about this, and can’t wait to get started. I’m going to get Written in Red started right now, and we will see you on June 27th at…probably 8pm EST but we will keep you posted on a time…for our live Google hangout discussion.
In the meantime, please check out our Goodreads group and join so you can talk about your thoughts during the month! Let’s do this.
Have you read Written in Red? Are you on Goodreads? Are you as intimidated by Beth’s bookshelves as I am?