July’s Book Club Book of the Month

There’s still plenty of time to sign up for July’s book club. This month we’re discussing Graceling by Kristin Cashore. If you like quality fantasy stories featuring female protagonists that kick butt, you will love Graceling.

These covers are the UK version and the US version. Which one do you like better?

Read this description from Goodreads:

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.     When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone
 

Kristin Cashore has also written a companion novel, Fire, that takes place in the Graceling Realm. I’m currently reading the sequel to GracelingBitterblue, slowly and am savoring every bit.

I’m such a huge Graceling fan that I went to see Kristin Cashore speak when she came to Seattle in May. Here I am with the author. I was a little star struck!

So are you interested yet? Then check out the book, read it, and make sure you’re signed up for this month’s book club. Register here: bit.ly/MnMtby

Remember, we meet at the Tacoma Public Library’s Main Branch in the Olympic Room on Saturday, July 28th at 2pm. I hope to see you there!

BTW, If you’ve started reading Graceling or have finished reading it, please share your thoughts here in the comments.

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5 Responses to July’s Book Club Book of the Month

  1. Zane says:

    I just started reading it and so far it looks good.

  2. Kelly says:

    I finished Graceling. And, I loved how Katsa. It was nice to read about another strong female heroine. I loved how she was still vulnerable and soft even though she was this very strong character. Like, how in the first job Randa gives her in the book with the lord about the acres, she was still kind by telling him to focus on her face and not her hands to bring him some sort of comfort.

  3. I’m so happy to hear that you both like the book. If you had to recommend other books to someone that wanted to read something similar to Graceling, what titles would you suggest? Are you planning on reading the sequel, Bitterblue? What about the prequel, Fire?

  4. Kidd says:

    I read Graceling several months back and I enjoy it too! I have been wanting to read Fire and Bitterblue, but I have not found the time to order them.

    Another book that I found similar is called the Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt. It’s a based on the the legend of King Arthur’s Guinevere.

  5. Thanks for the suggestion, @Kidd! I’m not familiar with the “Tales of Guinevere” series, but it looks like it would be right up my alley. Some titles that I would recommend to fans of Graceling are Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Tayor, Grave Mercy by R.L. LeFevers, The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (book 2 in “The Queen’s Thief” series but it works as a standalone), and Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

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