In early September I had a mini-stroke (thankfully there were no lasting effects or damage from this; I was lucky), followed by the worst 3 weeks of my life, in which I had 10 severe uterine haemorrhages and heavy bleeding in-between the haemorrhages. I am almost passing out all the time from hypovolemia and my heart is failing. It is likely that I will have some sort of operation or procedure (either an hysterectomy or an endometrial ablation) sometime in the next month to stop the blood. I’m still really struggling to breathe and swallow.
But this blog post is not about that! Things are awful for me at the moment and I was looking for an idea that I could latch onto to help keep me going. My last blog post got me thinking about how much I miss books (I haven’t been able to read books for over a decade due to my illness). So I’ve decided to give audiobooks a shot and I thought it would be fun if I started a virtual book club.
I will choose one book a month which we would all listen to or read. Then we would all post a review (as short or as long as you want) on the last day of the month, discussing our thoughts and opinions about that month’s book and give it a mark out of 10. If you have a blog or a website, you could share your review on that or if you have a YouTube channel, you could film your review. If you have neither of those things, you could put your review on Facebook as a Note or video. You could then leave the link to your review in the comments section of my review.
I figure that if I get others to join in and write a review and discuss the book, it wouldn’t matter if I’m too ill to write a review that month. I think it will be fun to see everybody’s different reactions to a book.
I’ve chosen the books for the next 12 months (yes, I got carried away). We’ll see how it goes. Obviously, I’m limited to books that are available in audiobook format due to being unable to read physical books and ebooks. So here are my choices for the next 12 months:
October: Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
November: Starborn by Lucy Hounsom
December: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
January: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
February: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
March: Lock In by John Scalzi
April: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
May: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
June: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
July: Daughter of the Empire by Janny Wurts and Raymond E. Feist
August: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
September: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
I hope you will join me. I’ve never been in a book club before so this is very exciting. Leave me a message in the comments if you think that you are going to participate so that I know if anyone is interested in doing this.