The Backlist Book Club June 2019 Pick

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Hey everyone!

I’m here to announce the June 2019 book for The Backlist Book Club. This book has been on my list for quite some time and because June is Pride, I wanted to put together a list of books that LGBTQIA friends and allies can read together.

On Patreon, I put together a quick poll for my patrons to vote for their book pick. The votes are in and June’s book will be: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

This nonfiction story is Maggie Nelson’s memoir about her relationship with Harry Dodge, an artist and writer, who also identifies as gender fluid. The story is centered around their relationship and the baby Maggie Nelson is about to have as these two folks create a family together.

Here’s the official dates for discussion:

Live discussion with me June 29, 2019 at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Sign up at Patreon to discuss the book with me in an exclusive livestream.

Book discussion on Instagram is June 30th, 2019. I’ll be posting a discussion picture with some questions regarding the book.

I’m excited to be reading books for Pride and I hope this launches us into a great month of reading. Will you be joining us next month?

The Backlist Book Club: Now on Patreon!

The Backlist Book Club: Now on Patreon!

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to announce something I’ve been really hesitant to do, but now I feel like I’m at a place where I can do this and hopefully be successful at it.

Remember that book club I started a few months back, announced and discussed a few books, and then got sidetracked by life and didn’t pick it up again? Well, I didn’t want you to think I’ve completely forgotten, but I wanted to approach it in a different way.

So I’m bringing back the book club, but I also wanted to do something special with it. I love sharing my reads and my opinions on books and the Backlist Book Club is something I’m kind of proud to have created. But I know people want to see more engagement, more posts, and generally feel more involved in an online book club. And for that, I’ve launched my Patreon page with one tier: The Backlist Book Club.

Why did I create my Patreon? Well, generally I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I want to bring you more content and more for your bookish life, but I didn’t know how and where I would find the time. In truth, I wish I can make money off my blog and Instagram but I need to focus my efforts on my paid gigs and that means certain things don’t get the time and attention that they require.

So I figured I’ll continue running my book club, but also hope that I can get paid and continue to run it outside of everything else I’ve been doing. This is why I decided to create my Backlist Book Club tier. For a monthly fee, you’ll be able to help choose the book for next month, read insightful articles and interviews I find on the Internet about the book, and receive an invitation to a livestream of me talking to you about my thoughts on the book at the end of every month.

The Backlist Book Club will still be available on my Instagram page. I’ll still announce the book and leave a discussion post to talk about the themes. I don’t want you to think you need to pay me to be a part of it, but I do want to make more fun content around it. I wanted to make something a little extra for those who are willing to pay to be a part of the club. If you like participating with me, talking with me, choosing the next read, and really wanting to get involved with the book club some more, then join me! It’ll be rocky at first, but I’ll be asking for suggestions and improving the process as I go along.

You can become a Patron by clicking this link.

Thank you for listening. I know that a blog post announcing I’m taking money doesn’t feel authentic, but I hoped my explanation in all of this gives you some context as to where I’m coming from.

The Backlist Book Club // April 2019

The Backlist Book Club // April 2019

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the March Backlist Book Club pick tomorrow, but I wanted to make the announcement for April’s book today.

In April, we’ll be reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.

This is a novel that first published back in August 2016. It’s been on my TBR since then and now I’m finally going to read it. It’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards and won the Book of the Month award in 2016. Have you read this one?

According to Goodreads, it’s the story of a young eight-year-old girl named Wavy who somehow gets romantically entangled with her father’s ex-con friend. My eyebrows shot up like I got caught sleeping in class. It sounds like an episode of Jerry Springer, but it can also be something beautiful between two humans. It could be one of those “love knows no age” kind of things. I mean, it’s called All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. 

A friend of mine told me that this book would stir up some really good discussions and I can imagine. A story about an eight-year-old falling in love with an adult man doesn’t sound like a romance story to me, but I’m not one to judge books by their cover and I’ll read this controversy or otherwise.

I’ll be reading this in the middle of the month and everyone’s welcome to the discussion post at the end of the month on Instagram and on the blog. Don’t forget to use #TheBacklistBookClub on social media if you’ll be following along. Will you be joining us next month?

The Backlist Book Club: February 2019 Pick

The Backlist Book Club: February 2019 Pick

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This month’s choice for The Backlist Book Club is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

I knew that I wanted my book for February to be a diverse author. Since it’s also Black History Month I wanted something by an African American author. I wasn’t looking to read something historic, but I guess I will be since this book takes place during the years of the underground railroad.

I love going into books without knowing what the book is about, but I’ve heard this book is amazing. I’ve also heard that this book can get pretty dry and sometimes feels like a history lesson than fiction. That makes me a little nervous since I’m definitely a plot-driven reader, so this is going to be an interesting experience for you and me.

Readathon for the book is February 16-17 and I’ll be posting my final thoughts here and on Instagram on February 28th. Will you be reading with us? Have you already read this one?