Adult Virtual Reading Club

Welcome to the Adult Virtual Reading Club!

Each month we will explore a new theme, our suggested reads along with related articles and topics.


How to participate in the Virtual Reading Club: Adult Edition

  1. Start by locating the book or books you are interested in reading during that month. Try one or try all of the book picks, it is completely up to you. Request a copy from TRAC or find it here at SGPL. Visit us in-person or give us a call as we would be happy to help you! Try out one or more of the featured activities. 
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November: A Sci-Fi Novel with a Female Protagonist Written By a Female Author

This month we're going to celebrate women in the science fiction genre, both the writers and their heroines. Our book picks this month are:

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

In The City in the Middle of the Night, a young girl is banished into permanent darkness, but she survives by befriending the creatures who live there. January is a tidally locked world, with a permanent day side and night side, and the human colonists live in the thin strip of twilight between the two extremes. Only one person has ever gone into the night and lived: Sophie, a shy girl from the dark side of town. - From cityinthemiddleofthenight.com 

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it. A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence. After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide. - From megelison.com

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

In an age of space exploration, we search to find ourselves. In four years Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the job by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation every created. - From http://www.mhowrey.com/the-wanderers

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival. - From caitlinstarling.com

Planetfall by Emma Newman

From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thorns, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing… - From https://www.enewman.co.uk/book-details/planetfall


Book lists:

From BookRiot: https://bookriot.com/2018/02/20/read-harder-sci-fi-novel-female-protagonist-by-a-female-author/

From The Seattle Public Library: https://seattle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/679478627/1106145097

From Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/10-fantastic-science-fiction-fantasy-anthologies-to-celebrate-international-womens-day/


More resources to check out:

The History of Women in Sci-Fi Isn’t What You Think


Book Club Questions: 

1. When making this month’s selection, what drew you to the book you chose?

2. Did the book measure up to your expectations of it?

3. Have you read any other works by this author?

4. Do you think the protagonist was portrayed in an authentic way?

5. Do you think the author’s experiences impacted the protagonist’s characterization or journey?

6. How did the protagonist follow or break traditional gender roles?

7. What emotions did you experience while reading the book?


Hashtags to follow:

#Female protagonists

#Female authors

#Science Fiction/Fantasy