Hello book lovers! Life has been a bit crazy lately but I finally found the time to work on my blog which means me finally feeling happy with it and ready to focus on my summer posts. Hooray! As those of you who follow me on Instagram (@papercupsandpaperbacks) may already know, I have decided to run a summer book club. I got a really good response from all of you guys on Instagram when I ran a poll which showed me that this truly would be fun and a great idea to keep me on schedule with all of my accounts this summer.
This post is just going to be an introduction to how I will be running it and what books I have selected. Keep in mind that things are open to change (such as adding new books and changing the schedule) so all feedback will always be welcomed. I thought this would be a great way to form a little community that can all enjoy some books together without having to deal with actually meeting in person and being able to follow your own pace until the final book talk. Sounds fun, right?
So with the idea of this book club being to focus on YA books that are popular but not everyone has read, it is totally optional for you to join in reading our books at any time – no one is required to read every single book during this summer (except me). Obviously I understand that some of you have already read some of the books that I have chosen. I have also decided to set themes for the books that I have chosen and no none of these are in a set schedule (minus the first book). Note: I did include one book that just came out this year and I have yet to see people reading it in the community so I figured it would be nice to add.
NOW REVEAL THE BOOKS!
Theme #1: A book/series that everyone always talks about on bookstagram.
Description: “Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.” Goodreads
Theme #2: An impactful and current book that everyone should read but not all of us have yet.
Description: “Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.” Goodreads
Theme #3: A book that a lot of booktubers swore by right after they read it.
Description: “Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.” Goodreads
Theme #4: A popular new release with mixed reviews.
Description: “For Penny Lee high school was a total non event. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.” Goodreads
Theme #5: THAT series.
Description: “Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.” Goodreads
Theme #6: A new release that you probably haven’t heard about yet.
Description: “The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.
Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.” Goodreads
My current idea for this book club is to read two books per month from June to August but with some books being bigger than others and life throwing stuff unexpectedly at times, this schedule will always be open to changes and adjustments as time goes by. I don’t want anyone to feel pressured by this schedule – my main focus is creating a talkative community to share books that we are all reading at the same time or have already read. So please don’t feel pressured by any particular schedule I set for each book. We can still talk about a book, even if it takes you two months to read it!
In terms of the book order, I will be hosting polls on my Goodreads group and Instagram so that we can all choose the books together except… I obviously had to pick the first book to start us off so DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
AND THE BOOK IS…
THE SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO! Woo! I decided to go with this one because
- Everyone is always talking about it and I feel left out.
- It has been on my bookshelf for months and I finally have the time to properly read it.
- Most people – if not everyone – who will be joining this book club has heard about it at some point or another.
- I am currently reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and I am absolutely loving it.
Keep watching my Goodreads group and Instagram for the announcement when we officially start. I will probably write a post for it but just in case I don’t, now you know.
I have created a group on Goodreads (for those of us who use it) to run discussion groups and polls. I have found that this is a more personal approach at bookish discussions in this community and I was inspired by groups such as Our Shared Shelf and Perustopia Book Club. Feel free to join it if you want anything to do with this book club! Click here to join.
As always, this is my main form of social media where I post daily (with some exceptions) and get to talk to a lot of you. I will be posting updates and announcements for our books that we read, as well as share my thoughts in my story, kind of like a reading video diary. This will also be the main location for our book selection polls seeing as this is where you guys are the most active. Click here to follow me.
What? Athena on booktube? Again? Too right! I am finally going to have the time to film some proper videos – hopefully on a regular schedule – so this book club is a big source of my ideas. Here are a few of the videos that I have planned for this summer:
- Announcing the book club.
- Weekly reading updates.
- Sharing any thoughts that I have while reading the selected books.
- Announcing the books as we hit them.
And that is it everyone! I hope that all of you can join me at some point or another in this exciting summer adventure. The “Jumping on the Bandwagon” summer book club truly will be fun and a great opportunity for all of us to connect with fellow book lovers and share our thoughts on the popular YA’s. Until next time! x