Join the first Off the Beaten Shelf Buddy Read!
If you’re looking for a low-key online book club, I’m hosting a buddy read of The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. I’d love for you to join!
First, why’d we pick The Library at Mount Char, you ask? Just listen to this description from Goodreads…
A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.
After all, she was a normal American herself once.
That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.
In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.
Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.
As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.
But Carolyn has accounted for this.
And Carolyn has a plan.
The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.
Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.
Sounds amazing, right?!
So you’re probably wondering how this whole thing works. It’s super easy.
First, join the Off the Beaten Shelf group on Facebook since that’s where we’ll all be connecting and where the discussion will happen.
Then RSVP to the Facebook event so we’ll know you’re attending virtually. Don’t forget to mark your calendar!
Next, read the book and come ready to get to know your fellow Off the Beaten Shelfers amid fun, bookish discussion in the group! I’ll prepare a couple of questions in advance, though of course the best things happen off-script. The attendees are driving this bus, so it’ll be a fun ride.
It’ll be the first time we’ve done a buddy read and I’m thinking I’ll do a Facebook live, that way folks can interact in the comments in real time and I can read the questions everyone poses to the group.
I’m excited about it and hope you can make it! There’s plenty of time to get the book and read it before the event, but don’t wait too long. :)