Category Archives: Read-Alongs

What’s Coming In January?

One Book Two has a couple of neat things coming in January 2016 and beyond.  Here’s a quick peek!

Kitty Midnight HourRead Along

On January 1, One Book Two starts a read-along of the Kitty Norville series.  We’ll be reading one book a week, ending on Tax Day.  To participate in the read-along, join our Goodreads discussion group.  We’d love to have you join us.

Stand Out Award Badge22015 Stand Out Awards

One Book Two will be announcing the recipients of the 2015 Stand Out Awards on January 1, 2016.  Stay tuned to find out what we thought was the best of the best of the books reviewed this year!

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Book Cover Artist Spotlight

In 2016, One Book Two will be doing a year-long spotlight on book cover artists.  On January 2, we’ll kick it off with an interview of Chris McGrath, book cover artist for the Dresden Files, October Daye series, Thieftaker series, Vampire Earth series, and more.  We’re very, very excited to have Chris join us, so stay tuned for this awesome interview.

15 Weeks of Kitty

Invested_Ivana_100I am super excited about our next One Book Two Read-Along!  Kat and I will be co-hosting 15 Weeks of Kitty – a read-along of the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn.

I have loved the Kitty series since I first read it several years ago.  But, aside from the first four novels, I’ve only read or listened to each of them once – and I haven’t read the last two at all!  This is a great chance, not only to get caught up with the series now that it’s ended, but to chat with other fans about it as well!

If you want to join us for 15 Weeks of Kitty, join the Goodreads Group, One Book Two Read-Along Group.  We’d love to have you join us!

The Kitty series is pretty long – 14 novels and one anthology – so we’ll start January 1 and go to Tax Day!  Here are the dates:

  • Kitty Midnight HourJan 1-7: Kitty and the Midnight Hour
  • Jan 8-14: Kitty Goes to Washington
  • Jan 15-21:  Kitty Takes A Holiday
  • Jan 22-28: Kitty and the Silver Bullet
  • Jan 29-Feb 4: Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
  • Feb 5-11: Kitty Raises Hell
  • Feb 12-18:  Kitty’s House of Horrors
  • Feb 19-25: Kitty Goes to War
  • Feb26-Mar 3: Kitty’s Big Trouble
  • Mar 4-10: Kitty Steals the Show
  • Mar 11-17: Kitty Rocks the House
  • Mar 18-24: Kitty in the Underworld
  • Mar 25-31: Low Midnight
  • Apr 1-7: Kitty Saves the World
  • Apr 8-14: Kitty’s Greatest Hits

Each book starts on a Friday and ends on a Thursday.  We can start discussing a book as soon as its reading period is over.

This should be a great read and even better discussion.  We hope to see you all at the read-along!

Read Along Schedule for the Jasper Dent Series

Hi!  I’ve got a new Read Along started on October 20th!  We’ll be reading the award-winning Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga! Check out the first book in the series…

I Hunt KillersTitle: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Series: Jasper Dent Book 01
Genre: YA Murder Mystery
Publication Date: April 3, 2012

DescriptionWhat if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Kat_Mandu_100Here’s the read along schedule along with some buy links:

  • October 20 – 30: I Hunt Killers (novel)   Amazon | B&N
  • October 31 – Nov 2: Lucky Day (novella)   Amazon | B&N
  • November 3 – 5: Career Day (novella)   Amazon | B&N
  • November 6 – 16: Game (novel)   Amazon | B&N
  • November 17 – 19: Neutral Mask (novella)   Amazon | B&N
  • November 20 – 22: Bloody Boy (novella)   Amazon | B&N
  • November 23 – December 1: Blood Of My Blood (novel)   Amazon | B&N

If you’d like to participate in a read-along, message me, tweet me, email me if you’re interested and I’ll add you to the Facebook group for the Read-Along. The more people we have, the more fans we can get chatting it up!

For more info on my hosted read alongs, check out the Read Alongs page.

One Book Two Hosts Book Read Alongs!

Invested_Ivana 50Hi Kat!  Hey, great reviews you’ve been doing!  Our reader’s really seem to like them.  I wanted to ask you more about these read alongs you’re hosting.  What can you tell me about them?

Kat_Mandu_50_flippedRead alongs are like book club. Whether it’s long time fans coming together to discuss their favorite things or readers experiencing a new book for the first time. They’re about reading and sharing your feelings, good or bad. The group picks one book or a series, sets a deadline on when to finish, and then discusses what they thought.

Invested_Ivana 50So, we all read the book at the same time and then get on line at a specific time and talk about it?  Like we’ve been doing for the Mindspace Investigation series by Alex Hughes?

Kat_Mandu_50_flippedYes and no. We can schedule online discussions at specific times, but we can also create groups on Goodreads, Google, or Facebook to discuss them as we go along – everyone has different schedules and being part of a group enables us to chat about them freely and at the leisure of everyone participating. But doing a live chat is also very fun and will be an option for all read alongs!

Invested_Ivana 50Neat!  So, when does the next read along start?  And what are you reading?

Kat_Mandu_50_flippedI’m currently doing two separate read alongs – the one mentioned earlier, Mindspace Investigations by Alex Hughes, and an urban fantasy series by Kim Harrison called the Hollows. For the Mindspace, we are currently reading Marked and for the Hollows we are about to finish up A Perfect Blood. The next scheduled read along begins October 20th and involves the Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga, a young adult horror/thriller trilogy.

Invested_Ivana 50I love the Hollows and Mindspace!  I haven’t heard of Jasper Dent, though.  How do I get signed up for that one.  It sounds interesting.

Kat_Mandu_50_flippedTo participate in a read along, feel free to email me or message me on Goodreads. I’ll provide information about the series and when it will begin, then get some insight on personal scheduling and what works best for you as you read.

Invested_Ivana 50Okay, I’ll do that.  Do you have any other read alongs planned for the rest of the year?

Kat_Mandu_50_flippedI do! After the Barry Lyga YA trilogy, we’ll be tackling the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn, a read along that begins the first of January in 2016. All others are scheduled for the following year as well!  You can find the year’s schedule on the Read Along page on this site.

Invested_Ivana 50Oh, sweet!  I’m two books behind on Kitty Norville; I’m definitely getting in on that one!  I imagine some of our authors would be thrilled to have us do a read along of their book.  Do you take requests for specific books?

Kat_Mandu_50_flippedI do – however, I have specifics. I prefer to do read alongs based on series that are complete – Kitty Norville, for example, will be finished right before the read along begins, making it a fun thing to do – read every book up to the end! All the read alongs on the schedule are completed trilogies or series.

Invested_Ivana 50That makes sense.  I LOVE reading series once they’re all done.  It’s like binge-watching shows on Netflix — it all makes so much sense when you see/read them all together.  I think this is a really fun idea, Kat.  I’m glad you’re organizing them for us and our readers.

Kat_Mandu_50_flippedI’m happy to be here! Reading is a passion and hooking up with other readers and fans makes reading something together very fun!

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