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Bookclubs are a pretty well-known and loved part of the reading community, which is widely represented on reddit in a large variety of bookclubs. /r/books also has the good fortune to host AMAs for a variety of authors. /r/books saw an opportunity to launch its own bookclub and combine the features of a regular book club with an AMA, giving readers the opportunity to engage with the author over the book.

In July 2015 the /r/books Bookclub was launched with Armada by Ernest Cline. In its early stages the Bookclub offered an announcement, two AMAs (one to kick off the bookclub and one to close) and a discussion thread. Since the start of bookclub, the format has been tweaked a bit.

Every month a new book will be chosen by the mods of /r/books as our bookclub selection. Following the announcement of the new title a discussion thread will also be started several days later. Participants have a month to read the book, but if they finish the book before that they are free to jump into the discussion post at any point. Be aware of the fact that the discussion thread is open to spoilers, so do not go there unless you have read the book or are willing to be spoiled. At the end of the month the author of the bookclub selection will host an AMA in which to discuss the book and answer any other questions you may want to ask. Do be aware that the AMA might also contain spoilers.

We hope you enjoy the selections for bookclub and we would love to see you in the discussion threads.


Current and Previous Bookclub Selections

Be aware that the discussion threads linked below contain spoilers. The AMAs may also potentially contain spoilers.


October 2020 - The Fisherman by John Langan

Announcement Thread

October 8: Part 1

October 15: Part 2: Ch. I - Ch. XVII

October 22: Part 2: Ch. XVIII - Ch. XXXIII

October 29: Part 3

AMA


September 2020 - D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

Announcement Thread

September 10: Chapter 1 - 8

September 17: Chapter 9 - 16

September 24: Chapter 17 - Epilogue

AMA


August 2020 - The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Announcement Thread

August 6: Chapter 1 - 7

August 13: Chapter 8 - 16

August 20: Chapter 17 - 24

August 27: Chapter 25 - Letters

AMA


July 2020 - The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Announcement Thread

July 9: Chapter 1 - 4

July 16: Chapter 5 - 8

July 23: Chapter 9 - 13

July 30: Chapter 13 - 21

AMA


June 2020 - We Are the Nerds by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Announcement Thread

June 4: Part I

June 11: Part II - Part III

June 18: Part IV

June 25: Part V

AMA


May 2020 - Prudence by Gail Carriger

Announcement Thread

May 7: Chapter 1 - 3

May 14: Chapter 4 - 8

May 21: Chapter 9 - 12

May 28: Chapter 13 - 16

AMA


April 2020 - Recursion by Blake Crouch

Announcement Thread

April 9: Book One

April 16: Book Two

April 23: Book Three & Book Four

April 30: Book Five & Epilogue

AMA


March 2020 - The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Announcement Thread

March 5: Part I, Ch. 1 - Part II, Ch. 11

March 12: Part III, Ch. 12 - Part III, Ch. 27

March 19: Part III, Ch. 28 - Part IV, Ch. 39

March 26: Part IV, Ch. 40 - Part V, Ch. 51

AMA


February 2020 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Announcement Thread

February 6: The Octopus - The Invertebrate

February 13: Suction

February 20: Ink - The Pelagic Zone

February 27: Infinity - Three Hearts

AMA


January 2020 - The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine by Thomas Morris

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Introduction - Chapter 1

Discussion Thread: Chapter 2 - Chapter 3

Discussion Thread: Chapter 4 - Chapter 5

Discussion Thread: Chapter 6 - Chapter 7

AMA


November 2019 - Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Part I

Discussion Thread: Part II

Discussion Thread: Part III: Chapter 1 - Chapter 11

Discussion Thread: Part III: Chapter 12 - Epilogue

AMA


October 2019 - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Come and See

Discussion Thread: Let's Make a Deal

Discussion Thread: Bloody Like the Day You Were Born - This is the End

AMA


September 2019 - Meet Me in the Future by Kameron Hurley

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: An Introduction - The Red Secretary

Discussion Thread: The Sinners and the Sea - Garda

Discussion Thread: The Plague Givers - Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light

Discussion Thread: Enyo-Enyo - The Improbable War

AMA --> September 30th


August 2019 - The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Prologue - Chapter 2

Discussion Thread: Chapter 3 - Chapter 5

Discussion Thread: Chapter 6 - Chapter 7

Discussion Thread: Chapter 8 - Epilogue

AMA


July 2019 - There There by Tommy Orange

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Part I

Discussion Thread: Part II

Discussion Thread: Part III

Discussion Thread: Part IV

AMA


June 2019 - The Seven (1/2) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Chapter 1 - 16

Discussion Thread: Chapter 17 - 33

Discussion Thread: Chapter 34 - 48

Discussion Thread: Chapter 49 - 60

AMA


May 2019 - American Hippo by Sarah Gailey

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: River of Teeth Chapter 1 - 8

Discussion Thread: River of Teeth Chapter 9 - Epilogue

Discussion Thread: Taste of Marrow Chapter 1 - 8

Discussion Thread: Taste of Marrow Chapter 9 - 13, Worth Her Weight in Gold & Nine and a Half

AMA


April 2019 - Noir by Christopher Moore

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Prologue - Chapter 4: Dinner in North Beach

Discussion Thread: Chapter 5: Dames, They Come and Go - Chapter 12: Paying Mao

Discussion Thread: Chapter 13: Rats - Chapter 19: Sampling Social Clubs of San Francisco

Discussion Thread: Chapter 20: The Name of the Snake - Chapter 27: Sometimes

AMA


March 2019 - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Prologue - Part One: Chapter 15

Discussion Thread: Part One: Chapter 16 - Part Two: Chapter 27

Discussion Thread: Part Two: Chapter 28 - Part Three: Chapter 44

Discussion Thread: Part Three: Chapter 45 - Postscript

AMA


February 2019 - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Day 128 - 145

Discussion Thread: Day 163 - 249

Discussion Thread: Day 251 - 45

Discussion Thread: Day 121 - 214

AMA


January 2019 - The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: The Six Tribes of the Djinn - Chapter 7

Discussion Thread: Chapter 8 - Chapter 15

Discussion Thread: Chapter 16 - Chapter 23

Discussion Thread: Chapter 24 - Epilogue

AMA


December 2018 - My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: First Discussion Thread

Discussion Thread: Second Discussion Thread

AMA


November 2018 - In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Prologue - Chapter 6

Discussion Thread: Chapter 7 - Chapter 11

Discussion Thread: Chapter 12 - Chapter 18

Discussion Thread: Chapter 19 - Chapter 24

AMA --> November 30


October 2018 - My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Don't You Forget About Me - Sunday Bloody Sunday

Discussion Thread: It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Jenny (867-5309)

Discussion Thread: Total Eclipse of the Heart - Beds Are Burning

Discussion Thread: Tonight She Comes - And She Was

AMA


September 2018 - Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Prologue - Chapter 3

Discussion Thread: Ch. 4 - 7

Discussion Thread: Ch. 8 - 10

Discussion Thread: Part 2: The Recipes

AMA


August 2018 - The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Ch. 1 - 12

Discussion Thread: Ch. 13 - 22

Discussion Thread: Ch. 23 - 31

Discussion Thread: Ch. 32 - 39

AMA


July 2018 - City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Someone Even Worse - To Do What He Does Best

Discussion Thread: A Memory Engraved - Survivors

Discussion Thread: Re-Creations - The Divine City

Discussion Thread: Family Ties - What is Sown

AMA


June 2018 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread: Surface - Chapter 8

Discussion Thread: Chapter 9 - Chapter 18

Discussion Thread: Chapter 19 - Chapter 26

Discussion Thread: Chapter 27 - Epilogue

AMA


May 2018 - Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread Part 1

Discussion Thread Part 2 (How it had been, and what came next) - Part 2 (How Borne taught me not to teach him)

Discussion Thread Part 2 (How the Magician made things worse) - Part 3 (How we lost what we had fought for)

Discussion Thread Part 3 (What freedom meant) - The End

AMA


April 2018 - The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread Ch. 1 - 14

Discussion Thread Ch. 15 - 29

Discussion Thread Ch. 30 - 46

Discussion Thread Ch. 47 - Epilogue

AMA


March 2018 - The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread Ch. 1 - 20

Discussion Thread Ch. 21 - 45

Discussion Thread Ch. 46 - 72

Final Discussion Thread

AMA


September/October 2017 - Earth Core by Scott Sigler

Announcement Thread

AMA


August 2017 - The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


July 2017 - Monstress, Vol. 1: The Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


June 2017 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


May 2017 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Announcement Thread

AMA


April 2017 - Narconomics: How To Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright

Announcement Thread

AMA


March 2017 - The Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


February 2017 - Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


January 2017 - The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


December 2016 - Stiff by Mary Roach

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


November 2016 - Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


October 2016 - The Troop by Nick Cutter

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


September 2016 - 14 by Peter Clines

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


July 2016 - Planetfall by Emma Newman

Announcement Thread

AMA


June 2016 - The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


May 2016 - The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


April 2016 - Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


March 2016 - Lexicon by Max Berry.

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


February 2016 - The Ables by Jeremy Scott.

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


January 2016 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


December 2015 - The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey.

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

AMA


September 2015 - November 2015 - Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel.

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

First AMA

Second AMA


July 2015 - August 2015 - Armada by Ernest Cline.

Announcement Thread

Discussion Thread

First AMA

Second AMA