Reader Rendezvous: A Discord Book Club

Reader Rendezvous: A Discord Book Club

Join library staff Alyssa and Claire to buddy read selected titles and chat all things books on our Discord!Join library staff Alyssa and Claire to buddy read selected titles and chat all things books on our Discord!

What is Reader Rendezvous?

Reader Rendezvous (RR) is a virtual bookish space for readers all over to connect and share their love of books. RR is hosted on Discord, a social platform that allows for users to participate in as little or as much of the conversation as they wish. Each month a buddy read will have a start date, but no official end date. Readers are able to read as quickly or as slowly as they desire since the book’s chat channels will stay open. Monthly titles will be selected across many genres in the hopes of showcasing diversity in authorship, content and writing style. 

What is buddy reading? Buddy reading is the act of reading a book with someone else. It is a very popular way to read on the social media book communities (Bookstagram/BookTok) these days since it allows the readers to experience a book together.

There are many different ways to buddy read, it just depends on the type of readers that are participating. For quick readers, they may choose to read a certain number of pages per day together. For those more indulgent readers who wish to take their time, they may decide to read a certain number of pages per week. Buddy readers will often have a virtual chat where they can voice their thoughts and speculations while reading.

Meet the Hosts

Hi I’m Alyssa (@catsandbookstacks)! I’m a voracious reader, often demolishing multiple books per week. I read a wide variety of genres, but often gravitate towards romance (the darker the better), thriller (once again, darkness please), horror (is there a pattern here?), fantasy and science fiction. As a mood reader, I never really have a plan for what I'm going to pick up next but I love switching up genres regularly. I typically have one print or eBook going while also listening to an eAudio.

I can often be found covered in cats on the couch or gushing about my latest read (AKA describing the entire plot) to my husband (who only reads pirate books lately).

Some of my favourite reads of 2022 thus far include: 

Babel by R.F. Kuang (dark academia, speculative fiction)

The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent (vampire romantasy)

Does It Hurt? by H.D. Carlton (dark paranormal romance)

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune (Canadian contemporary romance)

Soul Eater by Lily Mayne (dystopian monster romance)

The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead (dark cult thriller)

Through Dark Storms by Clare Sager (pirate romantasy - book 4)

Hi! I’m Claire (@whatcsees). I too love to read (I mean, that’s kind of obvious, I guess). I am very much in the romance camp – I’m down for them all – but the angstier the better. I have been known to read thrillers, historical fiction, non-fiction (especially on audio), and also contemporary fiction. I am consistently failing to read my TBR pile – I am definitely a mood reader, as I find something new that often jumps the queue grabbing my attention.

When I’m not reading, I can be found wandering around with my juvenile husky in the world. 

Some of the books that make my favourite reads of 2022…so far…are:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (historical fiction)

Accidentally Amy by Lynn Painter (contemporary romance)

Dr. Charlotte Stone Series by Karen Robards (re-read, romantic suspense quartet)

The Dragon’s Bride by Katee Robert (a monster romance novella)

Ten Trends to Seduce Your Best Friend by Penny Reid (contemporary romance)

Does it Hurt? By H.D. Calton (dark romance)

Storm Echo by Nalini Singh (paranormal/urban fantasy romance)

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