Introduction to My Relaxed & Groovy Book Club

 

Relaxed & Groovy Book Club

As you may recall from my earlier post about blog changes, I’ve decided to start a read-along book club to share some of my favorite reads and introduce new readers to some of my favorite authors.

As I want the focus to be on the joy and discovery of wonderful books, I’m calling it the Relaxed & Groovy Book Club. Nothing too stressful or demanding, but I do hope it will encourage some interaction and lively discussion.

If nothing else, I hope you’ll tell me whether or not you like the books we read. (It’s really okay if you don’t!)

To start things off with a bang, the first book we’ll be reading for February is…

 

Please Ignore coverPLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King.

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—Is it okay to hate a dead kid?

—Even if I loved him once?

—Even if he was my best friend?

—Is it okay to hate him for being dead?

Eighteen-year-old Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, or even the police. But will she emerge and clear his name? Does she even want to? (Plot summary from author’s website.)

Learn more about A.S. King here.

Follow A.S. King on Twitter here.

King has become one of my must-read authors, and I am knocked out by each new novel she publishes. She is a master at using magical realism with astounding impact. This book is where it all began, and it won her a Michael L. Printz honor in 2011. She’s accumulated many more accolades since.
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I hope you’ll join me in reading this phenomenal book. This most relaxed and most groovy of book clubs will meet on February 25th to talk about it. (Tie-dyed tees and funky shoes optional.)

Happy reading!

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