It's The First xoJaneBookClub Book -- Which One Will You Read? Plus COTW

There are actually two books because who doesn't like options?. Also, check out this week's Comment of the Week!
Publish date:
September 28, 2014
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Are you all ready for book club reading? I am so ready for book club reading. And since we've got a whole month in which to read these, I decided to pick two very different books. That way if you don't like one, you can give the other a try. Or if you're up for it, you can read both.

"A Jest of God" by Margaret Laurence

Margaret Laurence was a Canadian writer -- a novelist and short story writer. The original commenter suggestion was for her book "The Diviners," which I was tempted to choose simply because it's frequently banned. But, ultimately, the Kirkus review swayed me and I settled on "A Jest of God" for the first option.

Here's the summary, from Goodreads:

In this celebrated novel, Margaret Laurence writes with grace, power, and deep compassion about Rachel Cameron, a woman struggling to come to terms with love, with death, with herself and her world.

Trapped in a milieu of deceit and pettiness – her own and that of others – Rachel longs for love, and contact with another human being who shares her rebellious spirit. Through her summer affair with Nick Kazlik, a schoolmate from earlier years, she learns at last to reach out to another person and to make herself vulnerable.

It doesn't appear to be available on e-reader -- but it seems to be easy to find as a used book.

"The Killing Moon" by N. K. Jemisin

Full disclosure, I've met N. K. Jemisin a couple of times and she's completely awesome in person. I love her work, and I love suggesting her titles to people. But I didn't just pick her on my own -- a commenter suggested "The Killing Moon" and I couldn't resist. This is the title for readers who want something in the fantasy vein.

Here's the summary, from Goodreads:

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe - and kill those judged corrupt.

This is available both new and used --check with your favorite bookseller. On Amazon, this is a $6 paperback, but the Kindle edition is $9.99 so if you have Prime, the physical book might be the bargain.

Which book are you going to read? Are you going to try to read both? I'm on Twitter (@TheRotund) and I'm eager to discuss both of these using #xoJaneBookClub. Or tag your books and reading nooks on Instagram.

And now on to Comment of the Week -- it's a gif, so you'll have to check out the comment itself for the full effect. This comes from commenter Zup, and appears on "I WENT TO A SUGAR DADDY CONVENTION AND HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A SUCCESSFUL SUGAR BABY IN L.A.":

Instead of a single second COTW, I'm going to link you to an exchange from last weekend. I am still laughing about it. Commenter poopoo2, on "WHAT'S THE BEST PLACE YOU'VE EVER BEEN? PLUS, COTW!", I salute you and lucy_rose and the others involved in this thread:

Please enjoy this lovely bookcase of DVDs and fake tree from one of my favorite local spots, Stardust, which once upon a time was a video store and is now a coffee place and bar. And I will see y'all next weekend. Have a great week!