Buddy Read: Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Annihilation (Southern Reach #1), by Jeff VanderMeer.

This book is a classic I have been wanting to read for a long time now. I was lucky enough to find it on Netgalley and that my request was accepted, so I cannot wait to dig in!

The buddy read begins today, October 9th.
I hope you will join us!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer

Synopsis:

If J.J. Abrams and Margaret Atwood collaborated on a novel, it might look something like ‘Annihilation’, the first in an extraordinary trilogy.

For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences.

‘Annihilation’ is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X.

But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist.

Buddy Read – Bird Box

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Bird Box, by Josh Malerman.

This book has had a positive feedback for the most part, but some people did have the polar opposite reaction.
I for one am eager to get started and form my own opinion, while reading along and chatting about each section with fellow bookworms!

So far there are three of us and we plan to start on August 23rd.
I hope you will join us!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Bird Box
by Josh Malerman

Synopsis:

Josh Malerman’s debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying psychological thriller that will haunt you long after reading. Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

Buddy Read – Sleep Donation

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Sleep Donation, by Karen Russell.

It is a quick 110 page read available on Amazon for $3.99.
The readers intend to start on August 5th. As usual, everyone is welcome to join!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Sleep Donation
by Karen Russell

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Sleep Donation explores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where “Night Worlds” offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.

Buddy Read – The Luminaries

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton.

The readers intend to start this historical fiction mystery this Saturday, July 4th, and, as usual, everyone is welcome to join!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton

Synopsis:

It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed, fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner.

Buddy Read – Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

The readers intend to start around July 1st and, as usual, everyone is welcome to join!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Synopsis:

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

Buddy Read – It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini. Most folks have not started reading the book yet so you are well on time to join them!

So please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Everyone is free to join, the more the merrier!

It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

Synopsis: Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

Buddy Read – The Troop

The fine folks at Book Lair are doing a buddy read of the book The Troop, by Nick Cutter.

I won’t be participating as I don’t own a copy just yet (shame on me, I know!) and have plenty of stuff to read and review, but feel free to join them, just click the link above.

Happy reading, hope you have a great monday!

 

The Troop
by Nick Cutter

Synopsis: Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers’ doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop’s own with a bioengineered horror that’s straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended…and eventually each other.