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Virtual Bookclubs to Join During Quarantine: Part 2

Sometimes, the best part about reading a book is the community around it. Book clubs have been a staple of reading books for near as long as the books themselves. Yet, in recent times of social distancing, it can feel much harder to connect into these larger populations of book readers. Many book clubs have had to cancel their in-person meetings, even as one of the few perks of quarantine is the increased ability to read. Thankfully, the literary community is an adaptable one. Many groups have already found ways to transition book clubs to a virtual affair and are eager to expand their conversations to anyone ready to join. Below, you can find just a few examples of book clubs already ready for a new, virtual reality. Check out part one here, if you haven’t already.

1. Los Angeles Times Book Club

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The Los Angeles Times Book Club is returning in a new virtual set-up. Their first meet-up will be on March 30th with authors Steph Cha and Joe Ide.

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Cha and Ide will be joined by Times reporter Maria L. LaGanga in a discussion about L.A. noir. The meet-up will be streamed live on the L.A. Times Facebook page and on YouTube, starting at 7 p.m. Monday.

2. The Guardian’s Reading Group

On the first Tuesday of every month, a theme or author is put to a public vote by the Guardian. The book is then chosen by the outcome of these votes. Sam Jordison, a well-known reader and publisher,  then hosts an online discussion every Tuesday where he explains the book’s history, researches any questions the audience asks and, potentially even, arranges live chats with the author.

 

3. sILENT bOOK cLUB

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This may or may not have been in part one, too. You can’t blame us, we’re big fans. In 2012, Laura Gluhanich and Guinevere de la Mare founded this book club as a potential outlet for introverts. The club has been succeeding wildly since, as it has grown to 260 chapters around the world in 31 countries. In a typical chapter meeting, members read whatever book they’ve brought for an hour silently. After, they share what they casually share what they learned. For now, they’ve gone virtual.

4. translated Fiction ONline Book CLub

This weekly Zoom series is run by six European publishing houses. The participating houses switch off presenting a book from their catalogs to their audience. Their first call is today, March 26. The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke is being presented, a family drama set before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

5. Quarantine Book Club

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The Quarantine Book Club has been using the increased time indoors to their full advantage. Every weekday since March 16, t, the club has hosted two Zoom talks each day with varying authors. Erika Hall and Mike Monteiro, two designers who live in San Francisco, founded the book club when their work opportunities dried up; their audience soon expanded beyond the circle of friends they’d imagined taking part in.

In an interview with TIME, Monteiro says, “People want human connection. They’re bored, they’re freaked out. So you get on here and you talk to somebody who’s really good in their field.”

Monteiro seems to be onto something. Hundreds of people have been paying the small admissions fees to listen to authors and ask them questions. The Quarantine Book Club plans to run twice a day for however long the quarantine lasts, with proceeds going to the authors as well as Monteiro and Hall’s design studio. The science fiction author and journalist Cory Doctorow will be featured on April 1.

 

Of course, beyond any of these options, there’s no better time to organize your own book club. Reach out to some book-loving friends and see what you can create! With a bit of ambition and a good wifi connection, just about any sort of book club can still be made possible.

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Audible Makes Hundreds of Titles Free Amid Coronavirus Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, millions of individuals and families are forced to remain at home in an effort to flatten the curve. Fulfilling work and school tasks at home is the new reality for most, and many are grappling with the new challenges of what it means to socially isolate during a global health crisis.

While many are trying to lessen the blow and support small businesses by purchasing take-out, delivery, and gift cards, some familiar media companies are doing their part to help make social isolation a little bit more bearable.

 

For your time at home with your families, Audible is offering hundreds of audiobooks for free. This comes in an effort to help parents with children home from school, and the company is hoping to assist in keeping families calm and entertained. The announcement of Audible’s new terms came with the promise that “For as long as schools are closed, we are open.”

 

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The vast array of titles is divided into six categories: Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics and Folk & Fairy Tales for All. The audiobooks are available to stream on all devices.

In these rapidly changing times, it can be comforting to ground yourself in a story, new or old. Definitely check out all Audible has to offer.

 

 

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Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare A Day

To help us all get through our quarantine, actor Patrick Stewart is making it a little more entertaining by reading a different Shakespeare sonnet every day. It only makes sense since Stewart is well known for performing Shakespeare’s plays himself.

Stewart has been posting videos of himself on Twitter for the past couple of days reading Shakespeare as he self isolates from everyone else.

Here are some videos of Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare!

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If that doesn’t get you through quarantine – we don’t know what will. A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away, or so they say.

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5 Fantasy Books Featuring Mystical Faeries

Faeries have always had a special place in fantasy literature, and I think we can all see why. Sometimes, these beings take on the form of a trickster that messes with mortals for sheer enjoyment. Other times, the faerie in question may be a guide or maternal figure who leads the protagonist down the right path, offering sage advice and comfort when necessary. There is also the recurring theme of making these beings into immortal love interests who fall head-over-heels for their human paramours.

Long story short: faeries take on various roles in literature. Their magic and their personalities make them an inexhaustible source of inspiration and entertainment.

So, to feed your interest in faeries, here are five books featuring faerie characters.

 

1. “The cruel prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Book 1) by [Black, Holly]

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Holly Black is well known for her stories that draw inspiration from the Realm of Faerie. She was one of the two writers for The Spiderwick Chronicles, and she also authored The Modern Faerie Tale series. Honestly, whenever I go looking for books with faeries, Holly Black is one of the first writers to appear–and it’s really no surprise as to why this is the case. The Cruel Prince is the first book in The Folk of Air Series. This book introduces Jude, who was seven years old when her parents were killed by the fey, and she and her sisters were captured and forced to live in the Court of Faerie. In order to gain an official role in the court, Jude embroils herself in the cutthroat politics that pit her against Prince Cardan, a faerie who despises humans. In order to save her sisters and the realm though, Jude must join a risky political alliance that might help her succeed in her goals, or it might just double back and destroy her.

2. “bones of faerie

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Janni Lee Simner lays out a story that takes place in the aftermath of a war between humans and faeries. After this conflict ended, the faeries disappeared and humanity has heard nothing from them since. Bones of Faerie follows fifteen-year-old Liza, a young girl who has never seen magic, but she has lived in a world that was wounded because of it. She soon learns that she has the gift to see into both the past and the present, and through this gift, she realizes that she must flee her hometown and go into the land of faerie. And maybe, just maybe, she can figure out how to mend the land on her journey.

3. “A court of thorns and roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by [Maas, Sarah J.]

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I just… I just really like Sarah J. Maas’s work. Author of The Throne of Glass series and the recently published Crescent City, Maas is a writer who continues to pull me back with every new book that she releases. A Court of Thorns and Roses is no exception to this rule. This story follows Feyre, a human and the sole provider for her family. One day while hunting, Feyre kills a wolf that turns out to be a Fae in disguise. She invokes the rage of Tamlin, the Fae lord of the Spring court who demands her life in return for the one that she took. He takes her back with him to the Spring court, where she lives amongst the Fae and comes to learn about the curse that looms over the court. And when this curse finally takes effect, Feyre must be the one to venture under the mountain to save Tamlin and his subjects.

 

4. “The Faerie Ring

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Kiki Hamilton’s first installation to her Faerie Ring series promises a fascinating set of books to follow. The Faerie Ring follows Tiki, a young pickpocket who lives in London with her fellow orphans. When she steals a ring from a particular individual though, her actions threaten to cause war to break out between the faeries and humanity once again. However, plenty of individuals also want the ring for their own end goals… and some of those people do, indeed, want to see war engulf Britain.

5. “Magic under glass

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Jaclyn Dolarmore’s Magic Under Glass promises a charming and romantic tale for readers. Nimira is a music-hall performer who barely manages to scrape together a living. She is enlisted by the sorcerer Hollin Perry for a special act–Nimira will sing in accompaniment to an automaton playing piano. However, she discovers that the spirit of a faerie inhabits her automaton partner, and the two fall in love. While Nimira tries to break her beloved’s curse, they must also work to save the faerie realm from impending doom.

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Drop Everything, It’s Gryffindor Pride Day and Here Are The Tweets to Prove it

Hey! Gryffindor enthusiast here. I know what you’re thinking: “but are you actually a Gryffindor?” Yes. No, I did not take every sorting hat quiz available on the internet multiple times until I got Gryffindor. Yes, I took the *official* Pottermore quiz, and yes, I got Gryffindor the first time. Settled.

It’s no secret that all Hogwarts Houses have dedicated members with the pride of their loyalties running deep through their veins. Every house has a day to shine, and it’s time for Gryffindors near and far to unite and celebrate. Clearly, I have a lot of love for my house. But trust me, I’m not the only one. Check out these tweets by members of Gryffindor House expressing their pride.

 

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Sing your praises!

 

Gotta love some good lyric changes!

 

 

ALL THE FEELS… 

 

Every time.

make that social distance fun! (and productive of course)

 

Who said you can’t boast your Gryffindor pride while social distancing?

 

 

Loud and Proud!

 

And we love you for it!

 

 

love from ravenclaw 

 

We will throw this love right back to you on your special day!

 

 

quarantine but make it comfy 

 

Yes.

 

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