Hello, everyone! Do you want to read some kick-ass books while helping Nowhere Bookshop and other indie bookshops? Are you wondering where to get books right now since so many of the big stores aren’t shipping them? Then this is the post you need to read.
If you’re a member of the Fantastic Strangelings Book Club I already emailed you about this because you are my favorite pen pal/hostage but skip down to the last several paragraphs because I have a question for you.
So. How are you feeling? Me too. Like, literally any answer you have I would say, “me too” because everything fluctuates so much from minute to minute that I’m like if a mood ring could be people. One thing that’s helping me? Day drinking. Wait, no, reading. I meant reading. Also binge-watching tv while I work. Did you watch that Tiger King show on Netflix? HOLY CRAP, WAS THAT BAT SHIT BANANAS OR WHAT??? How are all those people even real? Wait…I got distracted. Reading. That’s what I was talking about.
I’ve been reading a lot lately and I know I am not alone. It is a kick-ass healthy distraction that can give you perspective and comfort, while accidentally making you feel smarter than everyone else for the moment and one small advantage of living through this plague year is that suddenly those of us who have to stay home have no excuse not to read all the books in the world.
We’ve had such great response on the book club (seriously, thank you. You are keeping us in business even when we’re not able to be in business) and the biggest complaint I’ve seen so far is that you actually need more book suggestions right now because you’re going through them like crazy and need distractions. RELATABLE.
So…if you’re a member of the book club then next month’s book (Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby) will be headed to you in April but if you want a double helping of goodness to weather the storm of slow-moving-crisis we’re offering a extra book in case you need to double up. And if you’re not already part of the bookclub you can buy this extra book and see what it’s like to be part of the team of weirdos reading together around the world.
BUT HOW, JENNY?
Easy. I just finished a book that was the perfect distraction and it comes out next month too so if you want to order it and read along with us you totally can. And we’ll open a discussion on it and do everything basically the same as the normal Strangelings Club.
SO WHAT BOOK IS IT?
I’m so glad you asked. It’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.
I was sucked in with the fantastic cover and stayed fully riveted with a horror story that was odd, terrifying, funny, and so completely different from what’s going on in the world that I was able to exercise my anxiety on a world where the worst thing going on is predatory vampires and 1980’s era patriarchy.
We should come up with a name for this but I can’t think of one. Quaranreads? Isoliteracy? Con(Fine-I’ll-Just-Read)ment? Fict-Shun Everyone Who Doesn’t Practice Proper Handwashing Techniques? Silent-Sequestered-Reading? Oh wait. I like that one. Silent-Sequestered-Reading. Because when I was a kid the best thing that ever happened in school was when the teacher would call for Silent-Sustained-Reading (that’s not just a rural Texas thing, right?) and it got quiet and everyone was reading together but at their own pace and for the readers and introverts in the class it was pure heaven.
Yep. That’s the one.
“BUT DIDN’T YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT HELPING BOOKSTORES?”
Oh, fuck. Yes, I did. Sorry. Okay, there’s a website called bookshop that will send books out for us (and other indie bookshops) which is incredibly helpful when me and the team are all sheltering in place. If you buy books through the Nowhere Bookshop portal of Bookshop then it raises money for our store and all indie stores that use it divide up a portion of the profits at the end of the month so that means if we do well it helps other indie stores too. This is also great for authors who are struggling with selling books right now since Amazon isn’t shipping books for at least 2-3 weeks. So click here to go to our portal. Or click here to order our extra book club book for next month. We have suggestions, or if you’re looking for something particular you can search for it in the search bar at the top of the page. I bought a book yesterday from them and it was super easy. As long as the Nowhere logo shows up on top of the page we get credit but if you have a local indie store you want to support you can change it to any one that is listed on the site.
So if you want an extra book for Silent-Sequestered-Reading next month you can get it here to support our store. Or you can pick it up from the library if they are open or buy it from your local indie store because a lot of them are offering curbside delivery and that’s pretty awesome. No pressure either way. We have enough of that already.
Right now I’m reading a bunch of books to find the perfect one for May. I finished one that was great but a little to close to what’s going on in the world right now to feel escapy enough, and then another one that I liked but wasn’t quite perfect and now I’m reading a dark fairy tale that I think it going to be the perfect choice. Here’s the thing though. There is something about reading these books to choose for you that makes me feel like I’m reading them to you. Like when Hailey was little and I’d find the perfect book and I couldn’t wait to share it with her. It makes me feel like we’re all together, in the dark, sharing stories and opening minds and escaping. I wouldn’t have that without you and it’s given me a strange new way to read and to enjoy books. These books have saved me, recently. And you have saved me by giving me reason to read them. Thank you.
And now I have another favor to ask you. Right now I think we all need a little comfort and so will you share in the comments what your go-to book is when you need comfort? Maybe it’s horror, or comedy or a children’s book…what is the one book that the rest of the world might need right now?
For me, it’s anything by Ray Bradbury. He is the warmest blanket in my library. If you click here and scroll down to “Jenny Recommends” you’ll see some more of my comfort reads.