Book Lovers Book Club: Series Read-Along Selections

Filed in Book Lovers Book Club , The Winged Lover Posted on August 19, 2013 @ 8:00 am 10 comments

It’s Monday again! And the only good thing about my Mondays is True Blood season 3 and Book Club.

Although as you are reading this I will be in the middle of watching the final episode of the season (gasp! that came around quickly 🙁 )

Here are the choices for our series read-along – the secondary book club feature we do each month. As we have just finished reading the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb (well I’m halfway through – check out some discussion points on the entire trilogy next week.)

Vote in the comments below!

The Liveship Trader Series by Robin Hobb (chronologically the next series after The Farseer Trilogy)

Demonstrating world-building finesse, Robin Hobb begins the climactic story of a seafaring clan and its tangled destiny. Though expected to inherit her family’s newly quickened liveship, Althea Vestrit loses the honor to her scheming brother-in-law, who plans to use it as a slave ship. The ruthless pirate Captain Kennit also sees a captured liveship as his key to success. Soon Althea is forced to fight both men to regain the animate, intelligent liveship, her family’s most treasured possession.

Genre: High Fantasy  |  Number of books in series: 3








Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Genre: Urban Fantasy – YA  |  Number of books in series: 6


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss, 16, takes her sister’s place in the televised annual Hunger Games, competing against Peeta, the boy who gave them bread to survive after their father died. The cruel Capitol forces each of 12 districts to submit a boy and girl 12-18, to fight to the death. Only one can survive and be rewarded. President Snow manipulates behind the scenes.

Genre: Dystopian  |  Number of books in series: 3








The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Genre: Science Fiction | No of books in series: 5

The Hathaways Series by Lisa Kleypas

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…

Genre: Historical Romance | No of books in series: 5

About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • aurian August 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Hmm I did love the Robin Hobb books so very long ago, I will read the Richelle Mead books someday, I refuse to read the Hunger Games, Douglas Adams is totally not appealling to me, and I love Lisa Kleypas’ historical romances. This series is good, but not her best.

    • Amanda August 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Yeah I chucked hunger games in there in case anyonev wanted to read because of the movies.

  • Draconismoi August 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Why are you still on Season 3? We’re up to Season 5 now….

    • Amanda August 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Sorry. I meant season 6. I finished game of thrones season 3 last week

  • Susan August 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I haven’t even started the first Hobbs series yet. 🙁 I’ve already read the Collins, Adams, and Kleypas series, but I’d probably be OK w/ any of the above. (Agree that the Hathaways series isn’t Kleypas’s best, but it does include my all-time favorite book by her: Love in the Afternoon.)

    And–I read Seraphina this weekend for the other assignment. Yay.

    • Draconismoi August 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      ASSIGNMENT?! Reading Seraphina was not an ASSIGNMENT. It was joy! Wonder! DRAGONS!!!!!!

      • Susan August 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

        Agree that “assignment” was unintentionally pejorative. Seraphina was an unexpected joy.

      • Amanda August 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        Seraphina was a joy want it *sigh* if only the second book was out already

        • Susan August 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

          I read that she worked on Seraphina off and on for 9 yrs (I think). I hope she’s on a less leisurely pace for the sequel!

          And quit messing with my TBR pile! Tempting me with the Hobbs books so I have to rearrange things *again*!

    • Amanda August 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      The Liveship Trader trilogy was the first set of hobb books I ever read. They are by far the best trilogy of hers in my opinion. Dragons, pirates, family politics, secret loves and lives. It has everything

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