Old School Wednesdays

Old School Wednesdays Readalong: May Poll

As you probably know by now, Old School Wednesdays is a new weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when we were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation into the past, right?

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Last month, we asked YOU for your favorite old school suggestions – and the response was so overwhelmingly awesome, we decided to compile a goodreads shelf, an ongoing database, AND a monthly readalong/book club. (Note that we’ve removed books that we have already read, or that we selfishly want to review as solos on Wednesday!)

May Readalong:

Even though it’s still April, and Terrier by Tamora Pierce is our first-ever OSW Readalong title (to be reviewed and discussed on the last Wednesday of the month on April 24), it’s time for us to open up the poll for our May OSW Readalong selection!

You can vote on which title you’d like to read by using the poll in our sidebar, or following the titles below. Every month, we’ll select 4 titles at random from the OSW suggestions database. We’ll also include the one title from the previous month’s poll – the runner up with the second most votes (last month, that title was The Naming by Alison Croggon). Without further ado, here are the new crop of 5 titles for voting!

The Naming (Pellinor #1) by Alison Croggon

The Naming

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child after her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now she and her new teacher must survive a journey through a time and place where the forces they battle stem from the deepest recesses of otherworldly terror.

Alison Croggon’s epic fantasy, the first in the Books of Pellinor quartet, is a glittering saga steeped in the rich and complex landscape of Annar, a legendary world ripe for discovery.

Thus Was Adonis Murdered (Hilary Tamar, #1) by Sarah Caudwell

Thus Was Adonis Murdered

The first mystery in Caudwell’s popular series featuring amateur investigator Hilary Tamar and a cast of clever and trouble-prone young London barristers. When a young man is found dead in Julia Larwood’s bed, her barrister friends are the only ones who can uncover the truth of this masterpiece of murder.

Stardance by Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson


Shara Drummond was a gifted dancer and a brilliant choreographer, but could not pursue her dream of dancing on the Earth, so she went to space, creating a new art form in three dimensions. Then the aliens arrived, and there was only one way to prove that the human race deserved not just to survive, but to reach the stars. The only hope was Shara, with her stardance.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting

Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Everran’s Bane (Rihannar Chronicles #1) by Sylvia Kelso

Everran's Bane

The kingdom of Everran is dying, razed by a dragon that came out of nowhere to burn its oil groves and devastate its vineyards and kill its folk. Legend says, a dragon’s coming always has a cause. Why has the dragon come? What does the dragon know? One man knows the riddle’s answer. No man knows that answer’s cost.

The May OSW Readlong book you want to read is:

Total Voters: 147

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Get voting! And we hope you will join us on May 29.

Ongoing Suggestions:

Got a suggestion? Have an amazing book, published at least five years ago, that you would love to nominate for the OSW monthly readalong? Speak up and submit your favorites! (If you have problems with the form below, you can also access it HERE.)

Thanks everyone! Let us know if you have any other comments, suggestions, or ideas. We cannot wait to see which title wins the vote, and for our first-ever Old School Wednesday Readalong!

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  • Ana
    April 10, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I really want to read Tuck Everlasting, been meaning to for aaaaaages. COME ON, READERS, VOTE WITH ME!

    : )

  • Jenn
    April 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I voted for Tuck Everlasting. It’s been on my shelf for a few years now, but I keep neglecting it. This is the motivation I need!

  • Tami
    April 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I voted for the Naming. I’ve read Tuck Everlasting and although I found it powerful, I never ever wanted to read it again. I’m also a huge fan of Spider Robinson’s Callahan series (pinnacling with The Callahan Touch), but haven’t been as taken with the rest of his body of work, including Stardance.

    I will say that anyone out there who hasn’t read Tuck Everlasting? Maybe vote for it even if you’re not sure. It’s worth a read.

  • Heidi
    April 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I’m glad you ladies put up The Naming again! I voted for it last month, and am doing so again. I can’t begrudge the Tuck Everlasting love though, I just read it myself about two years ago.

  • Thea
    April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I voted for The Naming because I’ve had it on my shelf for ages and NEEEED to read it. IT LOOKS AMAZING. VOTE WITH MEEEEE, EVERYONE! *sticks tongue out at Ana*

  • Eliza
    April 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I love that Anna and Thea are campaigning for their favorites. Unfortunately, I had to vote against both of you. Ana, I’ve tried to read Tuck a couple of times and just couldn’t get into it. I was torn between The Naming and Adonis (so funny) until . . . Dragons! Who can resist the allure of dragons? I couldn’t. Sorry, ladies.

    Another round of good choices. The fact that it was hard to choose (well, until the dragon made its appearance), speaks to the quality of choices.

  • Linda W
    April 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I voted for The Naming last month but have switched my vote to Tuck Everlasting. Like The Naming, I read it before, but would read it again.

  • Estara Swanberg
    April 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I’m intrigued by a murdered Adonis ^^ – I read The Naming and thought it was a bit stereotypical, but the covers of those paperbacks are gorgeous indeed.

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