What’s Ahead

Most of what I’ve been reading lately is for our Coven Chat discussion posts (previously called Coven Reads), so I figured now’s a good time to announce what we’ll be talking about as a group in April and May.

The Starbound Trilogy, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner:  I’ve been hearing wonderful things about this series for years, so I’m really looking forward to our discussion. I just finished These Broken Stars (#1), and I’ll finish This Shattered World (#2), and Their Fractured Light (#3) this week.  Since each book is about different characters and takes place in a new setting, I’m most curious about how they will relate to one another and bring clarity to the series’ overarching plot.

 

The Winner’s Trilogy, by Marie Rutkoski: The Winner’s Curse (#1) and The Winner’s Crime (#2) are a couple of my favorite books, so I can’t wait to read The Winner’s Kiss (#3), available tomorrow.

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A Gathering of Shadows Final

The Shadowhunters Novels, by Cassandra Clare: I’m now finishing The Mortal Instruments books (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire). Next I’ll read The Infernal Devices Trilogy (Clockwork AngelClockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess), along with the first book in The Dark Artifices Trilogy, Lady Midnight, and The Bane Chronicles. We’ll also compare the books to the Shadowhunters tv show, so I’m really excited for our discussion.

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2), by V.E. Schwab: Allison and I had so much fun discussing A Darker Shade of Magic last year, and I’m looking forward to talking about its sequel.

The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater: I can’t wait to re-read The Raven Boys (#1) and The Dream Thieves (#2)  before The Raven King (#4) hits the shelves on April 26th. I’m glad I waited until now to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3), so I won’t have a painful wait between books 3 and 4.

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23308084A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas: Last May Allison, Nicola and I had so much fun discussing A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I can’t wait to chat about this sequel with them!

The Rose and the Dagger, by Renée Ahdieh: The three of us loved The Wrath and the Dawn (see my recommendation) and are excited to discuss its sequel in May.

Have you read these series? Which books are you looking forward to the most? 

Happy Spring! – Alyssa 

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Happy Birthday, Coven Book Club!

Hello dear readers!

Last January, the idea I have every year popped into my brain again, “I would like to start a book blog.” And like every year, I thought of how difficult it is to read that many books and also write about them. So I thought I’d asbirthdAYk my friends to join in. I knew Alyssa would be with me, but what about everyone else?

We’ve have some great contributions to Coven Book Club over the past year and we are very grateful to our guest bloggers for showing up and recommending great books by women. The TBR grows weekly! Our biggest milestone came in March when we found Nicola, or she found us. I don’t even remember exactly how it happened now, it feels like she’s always been with us and we quickly became a trio. As time went on, it became clear that CBC is a project of love between Nicola, Alyssa and myself and we slowly started shifting into what has become our regular three-day-a-week schedule. It’s been such a rewarding journey and I’m so happy to share this space with so many people I love.

Today, we want to say Happy Birthday to ourselves and share a little about why we love CBC and some of our favorite recommendations that we’ve written and read.

Allison: Nobody has ever influenced me to read as much as you two. Whether it’s been in our private chats (we almost always have a chat going on Facebook!) or in the recs you write, I’ve read some really great books because you gals talked them up to me. I don’t know if I would ever have found The Remnant Chronicles if you two hadn’t suggested them. The Heart of Betrayal was one of my favorite books I read last year.

Alyssa: Thanks so much, Allison, for starting Coven Book Club! And thanks, Nicola, for joining us in March! Being part of a group book blog is very important to me. For years (as a bookseller) I’d been meaning to blog about all the books I was reading, but I struggled with having enough time and motivation. I love that I’m not blogging on my own; that I’m part of a team. It’s very inspirational and an excellent support system. And I’ve written so much! And it’s been FUN! When I was a student and college teacher, writing and reading lost some of that fun factor. It’s great to be doing both as part of a blogging community. While I still write short recommendations for the Boulder Book Store (where I worked for more than a decade), I love that I’ve gotten into the routine of writing longer, more extensive book recommendations for CBC. I really enjoy the social media aspect, too, and that writing for CBC has introduced me to a larger community of readers, bloggers, authors, and publishers.

Nicola: I know exactly what you mean about writing and reading losing its fun when you’re at college, Alyssa. That’s one of the things I appreciate so much about our bookish discussions, because it’s reminded me why I studied English lit in the first place: because I love to think – really think – about the books I’m reading. You both give me so much to think about in our discussions, either on Facebook or our CBC posts, and it’s such fun!

I’m so glad to have found Coven Book Club – and both of you, of course! In some ways I can’t believe it’s been almost a year already since I found the site and met you, and in other ways I feel like I’ve known you forever. Your recommendations are all so spot-on; you’ve both expanded my TBR so much and I’ve found some new favourites, like An Ember in the Ashes and The Wrath and the Dawn, thanks to you.

Allison: Both Wrath and Ember are some of my favorites from last year as well and I probably wouldn’t have read them if Alyssa hadn’t recommended them first. One of the best things about having bookish friends is hearing about what they’re reading, but it’s not often that you find bookish friends who also have the same taste as you. Between the two of you, I always know that I’m going to find something good to read next.

It may be nostalgia speaking, but my favorite recommendation I’ve written on my own was my first (for The Night Circus). Coming in a close second though was our discussion of Queen of Shadows. Our readers can’t know this, but we talked for weeks about the book between ourselves before we even got to the post, so it was really fun to turn that private conversation into something we shared with everyone. What were your favorite books you recommended last year?

Nicola: Ooh, that’s difficult. I’d say my favourites are probably The Falconer/The Vanishing Throne, just because I love that series so much. I also loved recommending The Winner’s Curse; I’m in awe of the way Marie Rutkoski weaves emotional tension throughout the narrative. As for my favourite discussion, I’d have to say it’s the one we had on A Court of Thorns and Roses; I loved hearing what you ladies had to say on Feyre and faeries.

Alyssa: Some of my favorite posts have been our discussions! Our post about the blurry lines between YA and adult fantasy is perhaps our most thought-provoking. And I loved going into more depth about some of our favorite series featuring kick-ass heroines, such as A Court of Thorns and Roses, Queen of Shadows, and A Darker Shade of Magic. I also really enjoyed recommending books together that have a similar theme, such as my post on YA literary horror, my post on cross-dressing heroines in YA westerns, and my post on YA time-traveling adventures. And my first recommendation ever, for All the Bright Places, will always have a special place in my heart!

Allison: I agree that our conversations have been some of my favorite parts about CBC. We have many more planned in the coming year. I know I speak for all three of us when I say a hearty Happy Birthday to Coven Book Club, as well as a heartfelt thank you to our contributors and readers. We love you all tremendously. We’re so happy to have such a positive platform to discuss our favorite books.

This is a labor of love for us. With busy schedules and other commitments, CBC isn’t our job, it’s an extended love letter to all the books and authors we appreciate so much. We thank you again so much for joining us, and cheers to another trip around the sun.

In book magic and mayhem,

Allison, Nicola and Alyssa


Calling Lady Book Lovers!

QoR8Bv1S2SEqH6UcSJCA_TeaHey there!

Are you a lady? Do you love books written by ladies? Do we keep missing your favorite book?

If you checked yes to all three of the above, maybe you’d like to write a recommendation for CBC. If so, get in touch with us at covenbookclub@gmail.com for more information about our submission process.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Allison, Alyssa and Nicola



#TOTHEGIRLS

TOTHEGIRLS

To the Girls,

No matter how old you are, no matter where you are, no matter how you live your life, we support you, we respect you, you’re the reason we exist.

The reason Coven Book Club only recommends books, rather than potentially giving a “bad” review is because there are plenty of spaces in the world that serve to criticize women and the work they do. We believe in critique and we don’t condemn the review, we just want a space where no one ever has to shut their eyes or hold their breath for fear that we’re slamming their favorite author, or if they’re that author, their work. Again, there are spaces enough for that in the world.

We strive to create a space for people who genuinely want to broaden their reading horizons, for people who want to read more women authors, for people who just want to know what to read next. We’re doing this because it’s fun and because we care. We’re doing it because we know it’s a tough world out there for a girl and one more safe space can only help.

So if you’re just joining us, know this: we are fiercely protective of inclusiveness, if you say you’re a girl, you’re a girl and you deserve our support. We are fiercely protective of one another and the books we recommend. We’re a group of women who banded together to make our voices heard and we want you to hear that we’re here for you.

Girls, we salute you,

Coven Book Club

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