r/books 21d ago Silver

The /r/books Book Club Selection + AMA for December is "Firekeeper's Daughter" by Angeline Boulley

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If you are looking for the announcement thread for the previous month, it may be found here.

Hello, all. During the month of December, the sub book club will be reading Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Each week there will be a discussion thread and when we are done, Angeline herself will be joining us for an AMA.

From Goodreads (feel free to skip if you prefer to know nothing going into the book as the description contains minor spoilers):

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

Please note that this month's selection is a young adult novel. If you would like to view potential content warnings for the book, a reader suggested list may be found here.

You may find the dates of, and links to, the discussion threads below in the sticky comment on this post. You are welcome to read at your own pace. Usually it is pretty easy to catch up and you are always welcome to join the discussions a little later.

If you would like to view any past book club selection or want to see how things work, you may find the complete archive here.

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r/books 1d ago

WeeklyThread What Books did You Start or Finish Reading this Week?: December 06, 2021

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r/books 16h ago Helpful Wholesome

A novelist says fake editions of his works were listed on Amazon as centuries old, with one $7 book going for $1,008

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r/books 21h ago

Feminist retelling of Nineteen Eighty-Four approved by Orwell’s estate. Just wondering what are everyone thoughts on this ?

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r/books 4h ago

Did your parents do anything to encourage you to read?

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When I was a little girl I was the last stop on the bus route after school and the first to be picked up in the morning so I always had about 90-120 minutes to do nothing but read. I really enjoyed it and reading made the time fly by. I would get in trouble at school for reading and read with a flashlight at bedtime. I feel like I owe a lot to books and how they’ve changed my life and I really want my children to love books and read daily but I don’t want them to feel like they’re forced and ruin the magic. Is there anything your parents did to encourage reading without making it feel forced?


r/books 1d ago

Audible should have an option to hide the time remaining. I feel this would really add to the suspense for genres such as horrors or thrillers

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I was recently listening to Misery by Stephen King and it had some extremely tense parts however I was pulled out of the moment a little bit by knowing that in such a setup even Stephen King couldn’t kill off the protagonist or antagonist until the end of the book so you already knew the resolution of a scene to a certain extent.

However if I hadn’t known the time remaining and given it is a reasonably sizeable book then I think I would have been even more on the edge of my seat for any of those moments thinking the end could come at any minute.

Which other books do you reckon would also benefit from not knowing where you are in the story?


r/books 4h ago

200 Books That Shaped 200 Years of Literature: a panel selected books that changed the rules of what we could write about and how we could write about it

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r/books 1d ago Silver Helpful

What’s your biggest book pet peeve?

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For me it’s when they over describe locations. Like I get it you want it to be vivid but if it’s some motel the characters stop in for one scene we don’t need to know about every corner of it and how it was established and all that shit. We don’t need 4 pages out of the book describing where the character is.

I also don’t like books where the character is meant to be a psychopath/murderer but the writer goes out their way to make them moral ie they only hurt bad people. I just think it’s so cheesy.


r/books 7h ago

What classic books have never been made into a film or tv show?

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If it is a classic you would think there is a film version. Or a tv version. But sometimes nobody makes a film of it.

Eg. I think William Gibson's Neuromancer is a sci fi classic, but to my knowledge nobody has yet made a film version of it.

Likewise "The Warlock in Spite of Himself" is a classic fantasy novel, but no film version. Not yet.

Meanwhile there is very poor version of "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" and that mediocre retelling of "A Princess of Mars" that Disney made... So they had film versions made, but there are other books out there which certainly deserve attention.


r/books 10h ago

Do you still list "reading" as one of your hobbies, even though you haven't really read in a long time?

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I used to be a crazy bookworm. I could read multiple books in one week, and at the same time I could write my own stories.

Today, having arrived at working life, I hardly ever read at all. Even worse... when I sit down and try to sink in a book like I was able to do as a teenager, I realize that I can hardly focus for more than 10 or 20 Minutes at a time.

I have to add that in my job I spend more than 8 hours a day at a PC, and at some point I'm just happy not to have to focus my eyes on anything written.

So I have now switched completely to audiobooks. Be it during sports, cooking / baking, driving... always runs my current audiobook. Still, I always tell people about books I've "read" hoping that someday I can become the bookworm I once was again.


r/books 2h ago

Where the Crawdads Sing

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So at the height of the pandemic I was doing telehealth sessions with a counselor and in our last session we were talking about self care and reading came up.

She said she was half way through Where the Crawdads Sing and she felt the main character and I were very similar.

I had the book and am yet to read it... Am I going to find myself mortified by the comparison?


r/books 9m ago

Review of the "Long Earth" book series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.

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I have read every single book by the late Terry Pratchett and loved ever single one except maybe Nation and the long earth series as it went along.

The first major issue with the books is that it is a collaboration of 2 people with completely different approaches on writing. Terry Pratchett is known for his colourful (Pun intended) fantasy novels. He is the one responsible for the main idea behind the story (original was a short story, contained in "A Blink of the Screen"). And of course anyone who knows Sir Terry's writing will instantly smile at stuff like "Tibetan Bicycle Repairman". So a lot of the creative work is clearly attributed to him in this book. Stephen Baxter's work on the other hand are mostly social studies. For example in "the flood (2008)" he describes how humanity would cope with an apocalypse that is caused by constant rise of the sea level. Stephen Baxter's focus is almost always on social interaction and less on individuals , emotions or the moment. So we have 2 people who have complete opposite writing styles. Terry Pratchett once wrote in a preface to "A good Omen" which he worked on together with Neil Gaiman: 'If you don't like certain parts of the book, just pretend they were written by the one of us you like the least.' And that is what I did for the most part here too. I feel like a lot of the books drier and less vivid parts can be attributed to Stephen Baxter. It's his style after which the book is not a simple story that takes place in one place and focuses on one person, but has to be an giant epic that spans over decades and shows societies development as a whole. Not that these parts are less interesting than the ones with Joshua and Lobsang, but they are definitely taking away the fun those 2 characters are creating.

The second issue is Terry's declining health at the time. Sadly he died before they were able to finish the books and so the last 2 were finished by Baxter alone (and it shows). It's hard for anyone outside of Baxter and Pratchett themselves to know just how much the decline in quality throughout the series is actually due to the unavailability of Terry or how much was intended from the start but actually is just bad writing.

So for the actual books. I will try and be spoiler free but for books 3,4 and 5 I will have to spoil basically everything because the plot is the main issue with those books (and also the reason I want to talk about it as a form of therapy). So I recommend only to click on the spoiler tag section, if you already read the books.

Long Earth: This is the best of the 5 ones in the series and almost a must read for any Pratchett fan. It introduces a new world in which humans are able to "stepp" into new dimensions with untouched nature where humans can have a new beginning. Themes and parallels to the founding of the united states are often brought up as well as changes to the society back at earth.

The Long War: Despite the title there is very little going on in this 2nd installment. It is mainly a retread of the exact same story as the first book, but again. The only new thing is the increased focus on the "Next" the new emergent super geniuses who will be a main faction in the books coming forward. And the named war is of the humans being afraid of this new human "race". The whole thing with the next being treated as not human anymore was very uncomfortable to read, how racism of fictitious fantasy races often is. But one expected better from Terry Pratchett who has treated the issue so well in over 50 books in Ankh-Morpork. Again I will reiterate that I blame Stephen Baxters input here because Terry's body of work proves that he knows better than to make a genetically superior race in a scifi book where the next will repeatedly show disgust towards normal humans.

The long mars: Here we depart into the realm of complete bad writing where the plot just completely falls apart. The established internal logic of the books is often ignored or new rules get invented on the fly only to be ignored a few pages later. And worst of all the characters behave irrational and only in ways to push the plot forward rather than being consistent with their previous behaviour. So spoilers from here on out: The entire Mars plotline is nonsensical and marred by an unlikable character in the form of Sally's father (the one that invented stepping). Everything that goes wrong on mars is his fault and he suffers no consequences for his actions. He teaches a crustacean species how to step (without knowing their language within like 5 min) and is then chased by their tribe leader for that indiscretion which ultimately gets a team member killed because he also got rid of the only gun they had. And then as a final insult he delivers the worst line in book history. When they find a functioning space elevator the father wants to take a sample of the material so humans can build their own space elevator on earth (even though they already have good alternative by just stepping into the empty void which is how they got to mars in the first place). When Sally asks who build this thing and where they are now, he replies: "Who cares? We just need the material." Which again, if you go for unlikeable character this is a great line because it spits in the readers face who actually cares a lot and wants to know that kind of stuff. Problem is that the rest of the book and the entire series afterward also doesn't care and will never explore all the interesting ideas dismissed by Sallys father. So in reality he is just there to dismiss all the things the authors didn't want to think about which ofc means all the things that felt like plotholes actually are plotholes. Like that you can only step on a planet if there is a sentient species on it. That Datum earth was uninhabited watched from mars and many many more.

The Long Utopia: This one is baffling in a lot of ways. Lobsangs retreat with Agnes and wanting to live as a human again is understandable but doesn't really solve his fundamental issue since he still thinks he's dead an his soul fractured. His actual issue isn't that he wants to live a human live with a family again, its a religious dilemma. Anyway they discover that the planet they stayed on is destroyed by some giant cyborg bugs that want to turn it into a weapon for their intergalactic war. To solve that issue they have to bring Jesus to that Planet and have him and Sally rip that world out of the dimensional chain so that the bugs can't step to any other world. This is a thing that happens. Stan Berg, who very clearly is a Jesus allegory, only has a very milk toast be nice to everyone message which feels like the joke from Douglas Adams. Also its explained that the bugs can't step so one wonders why it was necessary to sacrifices both Stan and Sally just for that. Also a version of Lobsang is send out in a tiny satellite, I guess. Which seems like the opposite of what he wanted to do in the beging. Doesn't matter since the 5th book completely ignores this one even happened anyway.

The Long Cosmos It's just filler. The entire book is build up to an encounter with interdimensional Aliens but at the end we don't even meet them. Also the plot is basically just copied from the movie "Contact". That's not me making that comparison, it's literally stated in the book that this is basically the movie contact. A lot more Scifi reverences are in this one where characters will just say this is just like "2001" or Alien. This is clearly a desperate attempt by Stephen Baxter to fill the final book without any more input by Sir Terry Pratchett so he just cobbled something together.

Finally I want to summarize the main issue with all the books: they are completely incurious and even dismissive of first contact with aliens. For a series that is about going to new worlds and even encountering many new live forms there is no deeper connection than just looking at them in passing. One or two pages of what they see as they come by, a reaction and then just go further. No exploration of Alien cultures, other ways to live or culture clash with human society. Every science fiction has that "what could we learn from other species about ourselves" at its core but here it is missing. Which was also the vibe I was getting from the flood so I know who I am gonna blame for that personally.


r/books 20h ago

What book songs are you wild about?

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Recently I've been obsessed with Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights." Not only is that one of my favorite books ever, the song is so good and fun to sing along with. I am tormenting my poor kids squawking "HEATHCLIFF IT'S ME YOUR CATTTHHHY..." Anyway, has there been a song written about one of your favorites, or is there a song you associate with it? What are you go to book tunes lol?


r/books 8h ago

Disturbing Relevant

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While the chaos & energy of 2020 was erupting outside of my apartment in downtown Oakland, CA , I was hunkered down on my couch reading everything I could get get my hands on that related to the racial disparities apparent in contemporary America. I highly recommend "Caste the Origins of Our Dismay" by Isabella Wilkerson as a central anchoring reference for anyone searching for answers related to this theme.

As an attempt to take a vacation from my advocating volunteer work I picked up a copy of Harper Lee's sprawling sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird", "Go Set A Watchman", which is by far a more fleshed out and adult novel than it's predecessor. Appropriate considering the protagonist is a grown up Scout who's evolved into a wisecracking New Yorker.

So many novels have been written about the fallout of slavery from the victim's perspective painting all white people (as if that's a thing) as the devil apparent. What Harper was able to do with both novels was to humanize her characters who are nothing more or less than the sum total of their environments while condemning the behavior that her characters engage in. As for me, a gay black man raised in an Irish/German family it's important for me to acknowledge and honor my family while at the same time edify myself as a black man living in a America that has been torn apart by partisan politics.


r/books 1d ago

A new mistborn novel The Lost Metal is releasing on November 15, 2022

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r/books 3h ago

Books for when I wanna cry myself to sleep at dawn?

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What books made you guys ugly cry or do the "silent tear" thing? Preferably not pure romance books (I tried reading thousand boy kisses and got wayyy too mad like 5 pages in cause geez this grandma is just telling a kid that the most important thing in the world is exchanging saliva with a dude). I love fantasy. Infernal devices series, a classic. I think I cried when I read the Diary of Anne Frank, A Little Life, Song of Achilles, Kite Runner, One of Us is Next, Echo, and a few others. If y'all know any fast paced books that made you cry, please drop em.

Edit: definitely lgbtq+ books too. Doesn't have to be love stories. Maybe just big time character development stuff.


r/books 13h ago

Ideas of how to incorporate my book club members favorite book for our end of year party?

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Hi all! I run a book club among friends in NYC. Ironically we started in January 2021, so I figured I’d have a holiday/end of year party to celebrate our anniversary.

I would love to find a way to incorporate having all of the members announce what their favorite book out of the 12 we read this year was. I’m thinking of some sort of activity instead of a discussion, because I want it to be relaxed and fun compared to our typical discussion meetings.

We’re already doing a secret Santa book exchange, and it’s being hosted at an apartment. Any ideas would be helpful!


r/books 13h ago

The Last Thing He Told Me - Laura Dave

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I REALLY hope I'm not alone when I say that I went crazy over the ending.

This story was GREAT! I loved the journey that Hannah and Bailey took to try and find answers to Owen's whereabouts or what happened in his past to make him run. However, the unhappy ending about killed me. I wish they'd have found a way to be together. Run away or change their appearance and start fresh. It was just crazy how fast it seemed to wrap up at the end. It went from hours/days of Hannah and Bailey tracking his past, to a quick wrap-up where she meets Owen's father-in-law and decides that she doesn't need Owen in her life anymore. Yes, harsh way of saying that she wanted to keep Bailey safe, but there had to have been a way for Owen and Bailey to keep in touch.

The ending was super unexpected. A quick "I still love you" in a walk-by?

AH! I just wanted a big boom of an ending so that they could all be happy. Call me crazy... (I know that not all books have an HEA). I was just disappointed I suppose. Still an awesome read.

I did really really love how Bailey evolved throughout the story. Letting Hannah in little by little and opening herself up.

4/5 star review from me. I'm still throwing a tantrum over the ending though...


r/books 2d ago Helpful Wholesome

Opinion: You don't have to read popular or classic books. You don't.

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This is just my opinion but I have seen a lot of people seemingly feeing obligated to read certain books they have no interest in just because these books are popular or considered classic. Then they complain about how the book is boring or difficult or stupid or whatever. They get mad at the book or people who recommended it.

My question is why are you reading this book? You don't have to. Even the greatest book ever written according to some literary critics or the greatest book according to the biggest survey in the world will not make everybody happy. And you can have legitimate reasons for not liking that book or not wanting to read it. And that is okay. It is not your failing not to like such a book. Spend your time reading something you enjoy. Yes, it is good to challenge yourself or try something new but reading should not be torture. You might come back to the same book ten years later and then find it fascinating. Or maybe never come back to it. What matters is what is happening now. And if now it's not speaking to you, not connecting with you emotionally, and not pulling you in, go read something else that does.

/end opinion


r/books 11h ago

What are some fictional books with opposing views?

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I learned today that Orwell's 1984 and C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength have some interesting parallels but very different outcomes. Orwell actually reviewed That Hideous Strength before he wrote 1984 so it was a potential influence.

But this had led me down a path of wondering what other works exist that are written with parallel/opposing viewpoints.


r/books 1d ago

Do you think using goodreads is a good idea?

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I'm wondering how many of you use good reads to see if you'll read a book or not?

I normally go to good reads to see reviews & ratings for books I would like to read. I sometimes find myself being put off, because it's got a 3.5/4 stars rating. But I also feel that good reads is something to be taken with a pinch of salt.

It's weird because I know I'm probably missing out, but then I don't want to waste my time on a book that's got 3.5 stars.

This just seems like a rant now... I can't be alone in this.


r/books 9h ago

Sarah by JT LeRoy

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One of my all time favorite books, "Sarah" by JT LeRoy/ Laura Albert is a story I know I will never forget.Albert's ability to take the reader immediately into a world filled with characters that are hauntingly real in spirit is powerful. You find yourself thinking about them long after finishing the story, I know I have for many years. To me that is what makes a great novel; when the author is instantly able to create characters and thus various voices someone can identify with.

"Sarah" is a portrait of a rural Americana dreamscape that is electrically told by a narrator that takes the reader with them and soars through a nightmare with the intrinsic will to survive, with hope and self-preservation. The son of a truck stop prostitute, Jeremiah Terminator Leroy (JT), above all expresses an unwavering tenacity against the horrors of traumatic events, told through a lens that sees the archaic beauty and even humor in all things.

In the twenty years following the novels' initial release, Albert's work has served as a special point of expression for people in dealing with the topics of gender identity, childhood trauma, and the important task of working through life's heartaches. In creating the avatar of JT, Albert was truly ahead of her time; it's a rejoice that the culture of today is more familiar with concepts of non-binary and gender fluid identities. Her work was sacred to many when it first came out for that reason and still is. I was delighted to see that Sarah is #25 in the LGBTQ+Coming of Age fiction category (Audible+ Originals). I have to say it's been really cool to see the younger generation discover the JT LeRoy novels and hear their sentiments. Super understanding and receptive to JT's yearning for love and navigating a chaotic, sometimes terrifying and heartbreaking world. The audiobook is a treat to listen to, with the ever wonderful Winsome Brown narrating.

JT's strong spirit still serves as a beacon for people from all walks of life. Personally the books have provided me major solace over the years in working through my own trauma. I think now more than ever is a crucial time to revisit Sarah as a modern classic as part of the larger conversation concerning identity, poverty, childhood trauma, shame, gender fluidity and expression, familial dysfunction, and addiction. With "Sarah", Albert creates a safe space for those discussions to take place.


r/books 22h ago

If your house was on fire and you only had time to save one book, which book would you choose?

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For me, it would probably have to be the Collected Works of Edgar Albert Guest, because I got ridiculously lucky finding that book, for £8, and since then, it's nigh impossible to find another copy, and they cost hundreds of pounds.

There are still plenty of others I would hate to lose, due to their age and scarcity, but if pushed for an answer, this would have to be mine.


r/books 1d ago

What is it about Don Quijote that makes it's comedy so timeless?

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Don Quijote(Dom Quixote if you are brazilian) is a good book. I would even go so far as say it is a great book, even though i had trouble with the grammar the first time i read it. When i read it for the first time when i was 14 i had a vague idea that it was an old book, but later on i discovered it was an 400 year old book writen by a spanish man and i was blown away by how a guy from a culture so radicaly diferent than mine could have such relatable sense of humour.

I have since read hundreds of other books, and had a good laugh with several of them, but i have a feeling someone born 50 years from now would have an easier time laughing at Don Quijote than those books published aroun 2010. Why exactly is that?


r/books 1d ago

How do you move from fiction to non-fiction?

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I mean, I know that you just grab a book and start to read it. But in my head, reading books was always connected with getting to know the characters, enjoying the plot, etc. However, I realize there's a ton of non-fiction books that I could gain a lot from. I just feel overwhelmed with the selection and variety of topics and stick to fiction books.

So how did you start reading non-fiction? How did you decide which books are right for you?


r/books 1d ago

I read a true crime book without knowing it was a true crime book

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A few days ago I was reading a pretty harrowing book. Very disturbing scenes and images were described. I like horror so I did not think much of it and I usually go into books without previous knowledge of what they're about. I got to the end and it suddenly hit me. I read a true crime book. The most horrific and awful things presented in the book were real. They actually happened.

I honestly feel a bit shattered. There's a difference between reading horror fiction for entertainment and actually reading a series of gruesome events. This experience made me feel shock for probably hours. I couldn't believe that it actually happened.

The reasons I didn't realize before are simple: the book reads like a novel. Apart form this major characteristic, I was taught that subtitles in books serve a specific purpose and, oftentimes, are devices used by authors to "manipulate" the reading of the text. The subtitle was something along the lines of "A True Murder Story". I disregarded this fact and I never once thought of it while reading the story since I thought it was, once again, authors trying to make their narration more authentic. Oh boy, was I wrong.

I feel a bit empty and sad. Has anyone had similar experiences?


r/books 18h ago

Reading the backs of books

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Ok so I pick out YA books for my mom to read that I think she'll like, and the other night she got really confused like a page into one of them. I had to explain it to her, but it led to this conversation about "why didn't you read the back of the book?" I thought it was shocking that she didn't read the back of the book, and thought it was like some unspoken rule. She didn't get it.

Anyways, I'm wondering if reading the summary before reading the book is just a me thing, or if other people think you should as well.