The first rule of Book Club is…

The first rule of Book Club is…featured

Wait, there are no rules. Well, not really. Just, like, maybe finish it?

I am an avid reader, but of late, my reading material seems to have stagnated and I’m stuck in an urban fantasy rut. I keep reading books, get about a chapter in and then give up because either a) I’ve already figured out the entire plot or b) I’m bored now. There’s a fifty-fifty chance of either happening. So I thought it would be a neat idea to use the lovely Makers Society blog for my own nefarious endeavours and start a book club. It’s basically just me and that one guy that stalks me, but I’d love for others to join in! Comment on this post if you’re up for it! And don’t hesitate to fire out recommendations – I may ignore them completely or that might the book I gobble up next.

I’m treating this as a way to explore new authors, new genres and new characters to fall in love with. What can I say, I’m lazy. But one can only read about vampires, ghosts, witches, wizards and things that go bump in the night for so long before they want to blow their own brains out. Having said that, Richelle Mead, I will always love you.

First spine off the shelf is a book I keep seeing on Pinterest, blogs and Goodreads – Last Days of California by Mary Miller.

Why this book you ask? Well, I am a notorious cover snob (being a graphic designer will do that to you) and yet this cover completely drew me in with its bold orange sky, distant horizon and cliche (because it works) center aligned line-by-line title… who was I to say no? Let’s not forgot the summary…

Jess, is fourteen years old and waiting for the world to end. Her evangelical father has packed up the family and left their Montgomery home to drive west to California, hoping to save as many souls as possible before the Second Coming. With her long-suffering mother and rebellious sister, Jess hands out tracts to nonbelievers at every rest stop, waffle house, and gas station along the way. As Jess’s belief frays, her teenage myopia evolves into awareness about her fracturing family. Using deadpan humor and savage charm belying deep empathy for her characters, Miller’s debut captures the angst, sexual rivalry, and escalating self-doubt of teenage life in America while announcing Miller as a fierce new voice.

It’s sounds kind of dark and unusual…

Sound like your cup of tea? Well, pop on the kettle, jump over go to amazon or whoever is your purveyor of fine books and buy a copy and join me on the coming-of-age story. We’ll meet back here soon for a recap and to find out what our next book is! I’ve got my eye on one or two, just waiting for them to come out!

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