Old School Wednesdays

Old School Wednesdays August Poll (& Watchalong)

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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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!)

August Readalong:

Summer is here, and we have readalongs to do! You can vote on which title you’d like to read next month by using the poll embedded below. The readalong will take place on August 26, 2015.

Have at it!

Morning Glories (Vol. 2) by Nick Spencer

Morning Glories Vol 2

Morning Glory Academy

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind it’s hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be! Learn the dark secrets of the Glories’ past lives …

Echo by Terry Moore

Echo

Julie is in the wrong place at the wrong time and becomes an unwilling participant in a web of murder and deceit that becomes nuclear! She is forced to find the maker of the atomic plasma that has rained down on her. As the plasma grows, she gets closer and closer to answers with the help of the original owner of the atomic suit she now wears. A lunatic with powers from the plasma is determined to take Julie and her suit for his own and destroys everything that stands in his way. Julie”s mission becomes too hot for her to handle alone and along with Ivy and Dillon, she must stop the makers of the suit from harnessing the plasma for their own destructive use.

She Hulk (Vol 1): Single Green Female by Dan Slott

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Collects She-Hulk (2004) #1-6. Single Green Female, outgoing, intelligent, great sense of humor. Enjoys clubbing, dishing with gal-pals and saving the universe. Ready to put old issues behind and make a fresh start. Contact Jen W. at Avengers Mansion. That’s right…everyone’s favorite Jade Giantess, She-Hulk, has returned for tons of fun, both on and off the field of battle!

Cinderella (Vol 1): From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson

Cinderella From Fabletown With Love

When supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown’s best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Whether she’s soaring through clouds, deep-sea diving, or cracking jaws, Cindy travels from Manhattan to Dubai and hooks up with a handsome, familiar accomplice who may be harboring secret motives of his own. Meanwhile, trouble brews back home in Fabletown when Cindy’s overworked, underappreciated assistant decides to seize control of The Glass Slipper, Cindy’s exclusive shoe boutique.

iZombie (Vol 1): Dead to the World by Chris Roberson

izombie

Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.

Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.

The August OSW Book Should Be...

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Get voting, and we hope to see you on August 26th!

BONUS: OSW Summer Watchalong

Back to the Future

As a bonus, our next OSW Summer Watchalong will also take place in August, when we tackle Back to the Future on August 19. We hope you’ll join us!

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.)

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2 Comments

  • Sierra
    July 30, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Back to the Future!! I was totally meaning to rewatch it this summer anyway. How do your watch alongs work? I’d love to join in!

  • Katherine Traylor
    July 30, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I’m wondering if I should point this out, because it seems like it could almost be a joke, but the summary for She-Hulk is actually the plot summary for Jane Yolen’s Sister Light, Sister Dark.

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