Showing posts with label Book Club. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book Club. Show all posts

Jul 9, 2014

Book Club Talk: Magic

What does make Magic in books so special? This was the question we talked about in our book club on Monday night. Nolan, Christie, Betty and I all love books about magic. We like sorcery and witchcraft. It makes us feel alive and happy when we're reading about it. Secretly a lot of people wish they would have magic powers. When we read about it it's like we're being taken by the hand by someone who introduces us to that what we would all desire to have. Even though in the stories we read magic often leads to problems and difficult life threatening situations, we would still trade the lives that we have for a superhuman life where we can blast people with power, utter spells to change our appearance or to hide ourselves in plain sight. Magic is a dream and we all wish we could live it. 
I've read a lot of books about supernatural characters. Magic is a topic that would never bore me. I can keep reading about it week after week, which is basically what I do. There are so many good books about it that it's hard to name my favorite series. Circle of Desire is the magic book the book club last read together and we all loved the main character straight away, because she could blast her opponent with energy coming from her hands. What's the magic of magic? I don't want to completely unravel the mystery, because I want to keep believing in it, but it's a question I keep asking myself.

Jun 18, 2014

Book Club Talk, Favorite Series: The Elder Races by Thea Harrison

It was book club night again on Monday and every time we talk about series we really like. This time it was Betty's turn to tell us which books we have to read and why she can't wait until the next story will come out. The Elder Races series by Thea Harrison has such great heroes and heroines. In the first book the author introduces us to Dragos Cuelebre and his sentinels. Every book is about a different couple. The novels have a healthy dose of testosterone and there's quite a lot of action. When the wyrs find their mate they will stay with them for the rest of their lives and the process is pretty intense. Every book in this series is pure adrenaline and there are quite a few sexy scenes. According to Betty everyone who likes good supernatural romance should read these stories and I completely agree with her. Thea Harrison writes a lot of very good Elder Races novellas as well. They keep her readers happy while they're waiting for the next novel to come out.

Jun 11, 2014

Book Talk: Series We're All Loving 1: October Daye by Seanan McGuire

Even though we didn't have lessons on Monday we still wanted to talk about books. We met at Christie's place this time. Her apartment is floral and girlie. She even has a pink retro kitchen. She definitely has a knack for interior design as everything in her home is perfect, stylish and finished.
We're currently reading the Damask Circle Novels by Keri Arthur. We all loved the first book (see my review here) and can't wait to read the second. A bit of supernatural romance is exactly what we need. It's so much fun to read these books together and to talk about every small detail that we've noticed.

This week we talked about books that have the magical ability to make you hooked from the first page. We all really like the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire. I've been a fan of these books ever since the first one came out. October is strong, fierce and snappy. I love the dialogue, the world building and all the different quirky characters. I look forward to reading the next one very much. I usually order my copy months in advance. I can read these books again and again. My favorite character is the Luidaeg. She's witty, cutting and mysterious and her house is fantastic.
 I never have an idea of where the series is going. Every time something completely unexpected happens and I never have any idea where the stories are going, only that they will result in a great plot. Read this unpredictable, adrenaline packed and original series. It's absolutely crazy and amazing! 

Jun 3, 2014

Book Club Talk: The Riley Jenson series by Keri Arthur

I always look forward to our weekly book club nights for days. We've finished another series and are now looking for something new to read. Of course I'm going to reveal what it is very soon as I can't wait to start reading! This week it was time to talk about Nolan's favorite books. He chose Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series. Once you start the first book you will keep reading until you've finished them all. Those novels are action packed, dangerous and seductive. 
We all like books with strong, kick ass heroes and heroines. Riley Jenson is a great example. She always finds a way out and she keeps getting stronger. I'm not a fan of whiny victims who need someone else to defend them. I love it when someone doesn't care what other people think. Of course Riley finds herself in dire situations many times, but she always manages to escape. The finale is spectacular. We all want to read more of Keri Arthur's books.

May 28, 2014

Book club talk: The Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong

 On Monday night it's book club night. I'm so happy I've met my study group and that we've started doing this. This week we went to Nolan's apartment where we had a cocktail night. His place is absolutely stunning. He has an artistic side he's never talked about and his whole apartment is one big mural. He's painted his favorite fairytales and fantasy characters on his walls. He's also told us he's going to medieval fairs and he loves reenacting. It's a whole new side of him we've only just discovered. We're all still getting to know each other and I'm glad things are going so well.
This time Christie brought her favorite books. She loves the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. I really liked those books too. Every strong and stubborn heroine is awesome. Christie's favorite is Elena, it was love at first sight when she read Bitten. The final, thirteenth book, is such a wonderful finale. We spent quite some time talking about magic and daring heroines and heroes.
 Evenings like this always make me think about what I would like to write myself if I'd ever try to come up with a fairytale or fantasy story. I wasn't the only one. We've shared our ideas and agreed that we're going to use our summer to all write a novel that has to be about magic. I already have a general idea about what my story should be and I can't wait to start. First I have another book to finish though, actually we all do.

May 20, 2014

Book Club Night! The Chronicles of Ixia by Maria V. Snyder

On Book Club Night Betty, Christie, Nolan and I are reading a series together, but we're also talking about our favorite books. We've all got lists with the books we absolutely love and The Chronicles of Ixia by Maria V. Snyder are Betty's number one. I've read these books a few years ago and couldn't put them away. I spent nights reading, because I wanted to know what would happen to Yelena and Opal. 
The world building is absolutely wonderful and the heroines are amazing. They both have a special place in our hearts. They had to endure so much and always found their way out. What makes these books so special is the magic of the characters, every single one of them has a different quality. I'm very sure I'm going to read those books again and again. Every time I open one it feels like it's my birthday.

We talked about world building and how we would do it. I think in our hearts we all aspire to become authors. I don't really know why we're doing a management course for cultural institutions, but I guess it's a plan B or a safety net. Coincidentally we've started to write our books around the same time, but they aren't necessarily fantasy. We love to read it, but you can't always control which story you're going to tell. Nolan is writing a fairytale, Betty is working on a chick lit novel and Christie is our science fiction specialist. None of us have ever published anything, but maybe we can encourage each other to reach that goal?
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