Our Main Book: Persuasion
This month we are going way back and reading the best little Austen novel that none of you have read: Persuasion. Partially because Captain Wentworth is the business, but also because we haven’t really read a classic yet, and it felt like the right time.
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older’
At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.
Again, I’ll just tell you that Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel, and if you cheat and just watch the film versions I WILL KNOW.
Our Optional Book: Murder of Crows
Like every month, we have an optional books for you guys. We do this for several reasons, but mostly so that anyone who’s already read or really isn’t interested in our main pick will still be able to participate, and also so we can adequately get through ALL THE BOOKS we want to read. It’s a lot. Optional titles help.
This month is the first time the sequel to one of our Boozy Books has been made available, so we’re reading Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop, the sequel to Written in Red!! If you would like a refresher on what we thought of that fine piece of literature, check out our very first Boozy Book Club hangout!! We’ve already got some nice discussion going on about Murder of Crows, so don’t discount it if you were left feeling a little meh about WIR. From what I can tell, people that got ARCs were into it. I like the summary.
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
So, download to your kobo, visit your library or hop on amazon, but GET THESE BOOKS asap. We will have a lot to talk about at the end of the month.