Announcing the Our Words Book Club

You might have noticed my repost of Corinne Duyvis’s post from SF Signal. I didn’t just post it because it is one of the most memorable articles that was sent to me during my time at SF Signal. I also posted it to hopefully whet your appetite to read one of her books.

For a few years now I’ve really wanted to do a book club/read-along type thing but I’ve never really had the format, and I never thought anyone would think it’s worth doing over on Bookworm Blues. I held onto the idea until I launched this website, and I realized that this is the perfect time to do the thing that I’ve wanted to do for so long, and this is the perfect format for it, and since this is my website, I get to experiment a bit. Lucky me.

So, I’m starting a book club. It’s unofficial, and there aren’t any huge perks involved (Ie. I will not be procuring your books for you), but we can read this stuff together, and discuss it together. My goal is to break up one book of choice into manageable sections, and discuss one section a week until the book is over. At the end, I’ll hopefully interview the author/interview some readers/something else. I’ll figure it out before I get that far.

I’m kind of flying by the seat of my pants, and if this turns out to be a huge fail, I won’t do it again. If people like it, then I’ll expand on it, and my next one will be truly epic.

The first book I chose was Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis. I’ve wanted to read this book since she sent me her post for Special Needs in Strange Worlds on SF Signal. She made a huge impression on me that day. As soon as I realized that I wanted to do this book as a read-along, I also knew I was starting this website. I decided to hold onto it until this site got going.

Book details:

About the Book

Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive–and discover the truth about their connection.

387 pages
Published on June 17, 2014
Published by Amulet Books
Author’s website

I picked up my copy of this book tonight from my library. There are 45 (fairly short) chapters in this book, and I have it checked out for five weeks, therefore I have broken up the chapters into somewhat equal (ha ha) sections for discussion. Discussions will be each Wednesday.

Here’s the schedule: 

Week 1: Chapters 1-9 (Discussion on May 18)
Week 2: Chapters 10-18 (Discussion on May 25)
Week 3: Chapters 19-26 (Discussion on June 1)
Week 4: Chapters 27-35 (Discussion on June 8)
Week 5: Chapters 36-45, ending discussion/interview/whatever (Discussion on June 15)

If this interests you, I suggest you find a copy of the book at your local library, and read along with me. I’d love discussions as I go, and if this goes over well, then I will add more people to write things for the next read-along, and maybe do a popular vote to choose the next book.

I love reading. I love talking about disabilities in the genre. I figure maybe if we smash the two loves together we can explore some wonderful books that feature disabilities, and shine some light on deserving authors in the process, together.

So join with me. Let’s read Otherbound together.

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