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Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll! The results are in and we’ll be reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

princess brideThe Princess Bride by William Goldman

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

Discussion pages will be made in the following weeks.


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Thanks to everyone who submitted suggestions! We’ve compiled everything into the poll below. The poll will be open until 11:59 PM (PST) on Wednesday, November 6th. There are synopses of the books under the cut.


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Hi nerds!

For November, we’re going to be going with Classics! Please email all suggestions within the classic genre to with the title, author, and a description. We will take up to three suggestions from each person, but please specify your preferred choice out of the three. We’ll post a poll for the book vote in a couple of days.

Happy Readings! (And Happy Halloween to those who celebrate!!)


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Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll! Our horror read for the month of October is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray BradburyDiscussion pages will be made within the next few weeks.

something wickedA masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a “dark carnival” one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents, both age 13, save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. What would youdo if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark? Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them. In many ways, this is a companion piece to his joyful, nostalgia-drenchedDandelion Wine, in which Bradbury presented us with one perfect summer as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, he deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn.

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Hello horror month readers!

Here is our poll of book options for October’s horror month. The poll will be open until 11:59 pm October 1. For book descriptions look under the read more.


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As it turns out, Tiger Lily is actually only available as an ebook (thanks to the lovely Moonscouts for bringing that to our attention). We know that not everyone has the means to get a copy of an ebook, so what we’re doing is adding Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (as it had the second-most amount of votes in the poll) as another option. If you can’t get a copy of Tiger Lily, you’re welcome to read Water For Elephants instead. Or do both! Or whatever! You choose! We’ll have discussion pages made for both books, so whichever one you choose to read will have a place for you to talk and share your thoughts.

Happy Readings!


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Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll. The winning book is Tiger Lily by K. Bird Lincoln. Discussion pages will be made within the first couple weeks of August.

tiger lilyLily isn’t supposed to hunt game in the Daimyo’s woods. She’s just the cook’s daughter. It isn’t her place to talk to nobility. And she definitely isn’t supposed to sing the forbidden old, Jindo religion songs.

But Lily was born in the year of the Tiger, and can’t ever be like other village girls. In the woods snaring rabbits one day, she finds instead the Daimyo’s son, Ashikaga, wounded, in the gooseberry brush. When the Pretender Emperor’s men arrive to kill Ashikaga, Lily, desperate, sings a forbidden Jindo song.

The song wakes a powerful spirit – as well as Ashikaga’s interest. The prickly lord has hidden secrets of his own and a burning desire to prove himself to his father. He will stop at nothing to defeat his father’s greatest enemy.

All Lily wants to do is take care of her sisters. But the Pretender-Emperor’s forces are drawing near, and now the Daimyo’s son knows she communes with Jindo gods. She wants to trust Ashikaga when he swears he will not tell her secret, but he is a noble – and Lily only a peasant. Lily’s heart is leading her down a dangerous path. She may have to defy her father, Ashikaga, and even the spirits themselves in order to defeat the Pretender-Emperor’s magic and keep safe all that she loves.

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