When I first started the AfterEllen.com Book Club, I wanted to make the idea of choice central in how it was run, because DEMOCRACY! While presenting a few selections of books to choose from each month has largely worked well, I think, there are a few drawbacks to it. Mainly, the fact that I get to research so many great looking books each year for the club, but then only have time to read a third of them!
Every now and then, we also just need a break—as workers, as people, and yes, even as readers. And I can’t think of a better time to take a break than August.
So starting now, I’m going to make a new AE Book Club tradition. Each August, we’ll take a break to collect our breaths for a little bit. If you want to totally not care about lesbian and queer literature during this month, you go ahead and ignore it! Or if you want to catch up and actually read that book that we all read months and months ago that you didn’t get a chance to read, because you were busy being a productive and magnificent human being in the modern world, you can do that now! Or if there was a book that was included as an option one month that you voted for but no one else did because everyone else were losers, now is the time to go back and celebrate that book!
I present to you a list of all of the books that have been included as options for the AfterEllen.com Book Club since its inception.
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
If you’re in, choose a book, and then find the discussion post for it on our Goodreads page and try to revive the discussion this month. I’m going to read finally read Stumptown! And Adrienne Rich! And finish a bunch of recent books that I’ve started and never finished, like In My Skin and Beyond Magenta! You can also talk your book(s) up on Tumblr, tagging them with “AfterEllen Book Club,” and I’ll try to give you a shout out on our book club Tumblr. Let’s do this thing, August!
I’m also curious to know, if you have played along with the book club, even just for a bit, what selections from the above list have been your favorite? So far, I think the ones that have stood out for me are Ellis Avery’s The Last Nude, Malinda Lo’s Adaptation novels, Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, and just this month, the iconic Annie on My Mind.
As a parting note, I should also mention that Sarah Waters‘ new novel, The Paying Guests, comes out at the end of August. It’s her first new release in five years. We can probably all agree that that will be our pick in September, right?