Introducing my new book club,”The Girls Who Read“, featuring entertaining and interesting books we love. I know most of you love to read. I hope email me any ideas on what we should read next! Join me for our ongoing book chat on Twitter using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead and mark your calendars for our first Twitter party on July 24th. Subscribe to our list on Twitter and Tweet to me if you’d like to be added to the book club list on Twitter. New books will be discussed every three weeks, but feel free to go at your own pace!
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I have a confession. I’m one of the world’s slowest readers. Regardless, I’m also a published writer (working on a novel as we speak!) and adore reading. I have since I was a little girl. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I read a lot of books for pure entertainment. Don’t tell my professors. They wouldn’t approve. I do read a little of everything, though, so this book club will take us through everything from chick-lit to classics to mysteries. I love it all.
Because I’m working on writing a novel that I hope will be entertaining, I’m reading a lot of books that are high on entertainment value. On my list:
The Stephanie Plum Novels
The Dresden Files
The Sookie Stackhouse Books
Yes, I read quite a few books at once.
Since this is the inaugural post for the book club, we’re going to cover where you can buy the Sookie Stackhouse books and a bit about them. The first post about book 1 (Dead Until Dark) will go live in three weeks (July 24th), which means you need to buy or borrow the first book and start on it now. You don’t have to finish the book by then, but there will be spoilers. Check out the links below if you need to purchase it for your Kindle or in the paperback version. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter if you finish before then!
About the Southern Vampire Mysteries
Normally, I’m not a fan of vampire books. I don’t watch vampire movies or TV shows. It’s just not my thing. However, I love the Sookie Stackhouse books. They remind me of why I first loved reading as a kid: the ability an author has to transport the reader into a fictional world. For me, reading as a child was a fun escape. Learning about new people, places and events. Reading for entertainment is almost like taking a vacation.
Sookie is this really great, strong female lead. She kicks ass. Literally. Even vampire ass. This series also has a great cast of characters, a pretty accurate Cajun setting, and a great romance to keep you hooked. These books are a quick read, full of adventure, and they’re perfect for summer!
The first book in the series is Dead Until Dark. I won’t spoil it, but you get to meet Sookie and see why she’s so extraordinary. What happens in this book sets up the events for the rest of the series. In the next post, on July 24th, I’ll discuss what I loved about this book and I hope you’ll join in on Twitter and in the blog comments. Feel free to share links about the author, interviews, and anything else you think we might like.
I hope you’ll join us as we read Dead Until Dark on July 24th.
If you’re a fellow blogger, please feel free to post your own blog post about the book we are discussing on or after the main post goes live (every three weeks, starting with July 24th; see calendar below) and link your blog post in the comments below the main post so we can visit. You can also send me a tweet letting me know you’ve posted about the book.
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How to buy Sookie Stackhouse books:
Book 1 (Kindle/Paperback): Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1)
Book 2 (Kindle/Paperback): Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2)
Book 3: Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3)
(The following titles are included in this list as a courtesy. We may not read the entire series together.)
Book 4: Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
Book 5: Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 5)
Book 6: Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 6)
Book 7: All Together Dead (TV Tie-In) (Sookie Stackhouse)
Book 8: From Dead to Worse: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
Book 9: Dead And Gone (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 9)
Book 10: Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
Book 11: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 11)
Book 12: Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 12)
Book 13: Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
Complete Set: Sookie Stackhouse Series Complete 12 Book Set Mass Market Paperback
A complete list of FAQs and instructions can be found here.
How do you choose books to read? We read anything and everything. I majored in English literature and spent my entire life reading classics, but right now I’m reading for pleasure. My favorite types of books right now are chick-lit, romance, mystery and anything with a strong girl character. If you have a book you think might be a good fit for me, email me or tweet me your suggestions. If it’s a good fit, we’ll read your book when there’s a free spot on the calendar. (Disclaimer: Because we read new books every 3 weeks and because we already have a full calendar, seeing your book on the schedule may take awhile.)
What if I already read the novels you suggest but still want to chat? Of course you’re welcome to join us! The more the merrier. Just jump right in!
Do I have to be a girl to join in? Absolutely not! Men follow this blog, too. Just use the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead in your tweets and you’ll find our discussions online.
How often do you read new books? We start a new book every 3 weeks. Feel free to read them at your own pace. (I’m a slow reader myself!)
What is your Twitter name? @thereallisakerr
Where can I find the hashtag on Twitter? Right here.
What is a Twitter Party? Everything you need to know is here.
Where can I find the list of other book club members? Right here.
How can I get added to the girls who read list on Twitter? Simply send me a tweet and ask! Once I see your tweet, you’ll be scheduled to get added to the list.