Every month, the team at CRLiterature hosts a book club! We began in June with THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams and are wrapping up the year with THE WILD IRIS, a poetry collection by Louise Glück. (And, yes, you totally have time to catch up this month -- this book is short!) Each month you'll have a new book and a new host from CRLiterature. As you can see from the above selections, we do our very best to read widely. We've read Stephen King, Cornelia Funke, H.P. Lovecraft and Helen Fielding this year! We're excited for reading MORE books with even MORE of you in 2015!
December Book Club: Wild Iris, a poetry collectionIt's the middle of the month, and we're ready for some poetry discussion that will show you why this book is worth your time. (: this book is really short, so if you haven't gotten around to reading yet, don't despair! Ask PinkyMcCoversong who read like half of it in a day. "But she's awesome", the crowds say - I know, but her superpowers don't include reading poetry particularly fast.
Oh pray, good HtBlack, what makes this book of poetry from someone I don't even know worth my time?
Well, you know, we all have tastes, so we tend to read what we think we'll like - and it's fair. But sometimes our tastes prevent us from looking farther than we're used to, and as writers/readers, broad horizons in my opinion should matter. And Glück's works are an example of why.
"The Wild Iris" presents itself as an array of nature poems, from their titles. Read through the table of contents and you'll see it - also within it, the subject of flowers and of seasons cha
What we're reading right now with host HtBlack!
CRLiterature is the hub for all things lit community on dA. And we love helping the community with their writing, at all stages. But the number one thing that writers should be doing is READING. We also know how much of a book-ish community we have on dA (as showcased by the awesome fan art we feature in every Book Club journal), and we know that no matter who you are, or what kind of art you're creating, our work is enriched by what we read and experience. Reading as a writer (or artist) isn't just about the grammar and the syntax and the style. It's also about culture, and discovering new and different voices, about becoming a world citizen by reading stories that other people, with different experiences, wrote. Whether you write, paint, draw, or fold origami, we want you to join us!
On the first of the month, the host (one of the CRLiterature admins) will post an intro journal about the book. (Follow CRLiterature and you'll be sure to see these updates!) Halfway through the month, the host will post a check-in, with discussion questions for the first half of the book. And at the end of the month, there will be an end-of-month discussion. ANYONE can participate in these discussions! Here are some of our mid-month discussions from earlier this year:
August Book Club Mid-Month Check-In: CARRIEHello, readers! Our beloved Nichrysalis has run into some personal stuff he has to deal with, so I'll be taking over for the rest of the this month's book club!
How are you liking CARRIE so far? At this point, you're at the mid point, having finished Part One of Stephen King's debut novel.
I'm going to post some questions for discussion below, but first....
OMG FAN ART!
And now, for some questions!
1. How do you feel about the portrayal of girls and women in thi
September Book Club Mid-Month Check In: PERKSHey everyone! Sorry this is a little late; dA has been acting wonky for me the last couple of days, but I think it's fixed now! On to the discussion!
How are you enjoying the book so far? As of now, you should be halfway through the novel! The discussion questions will go below, but first...
And now, the questions!
What do you think being a wallflower is? Do you agree with Bob's definition?
Who did you identify with the most? Did you see parts of yourself in any one specific character?
Just show up! And PARTICIPATE. We hope you're already interested in hanging out with us and reading and discussing, but, just in case you needed a little extra motivation, we always have some pretty cool prizes. The top participant for the month -- as judged by the admins based on contributions to the discussions -- will receive the prizes. Usually the prizes are books that are somehow related to the book selection for the month. This month we are giving away POISONED APPLES: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann and RESURRECTION PARTY by Michalle Gould. (Courtesy of HarperTeen and Silver Birch Press, respectively.) Every six months, we also give away a giant box of all of the giveaway books for the aforementioned past six months of Book Club. The box I'm mailing out in January is pretty fantastic. I can't wait to see who wins!
EVERYONE. That means you. We have this handy-dandy calendar here, to help you figure out what we're reading ahead of time. Get to the library (and learn about interlibrary loans!), the book store, or your ebook retailer. We do our very best to choose books that are easy to access in most English-speaking countries both at stores and on ebook platforms. We also love bookdepository.com, who provide free shipping worldwide. (For real!) So you should be able to get your hands on every single book club selection no matter what.
Maybe the best part about this book club is that you don't have to even leave your house to participate. It's at the tips of your fingers. Which is great, since reading is SO IMPORTANT and also REALLY FUN. CRLiterature is so proud and excited to bring a book club to dA, and in 2015, we hope you'll be right here with us, hanging out, reading, discussing, and getting involved in this awesome community of artists and writers.
In January we'll be reading and discussing DAWN by Nebula- and Hugo-Award-Winning author Octavia E. Butler. See you there!