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Reading Era Bookclub

When do we meet?

We meet monthly and on the last Saturday of the month 

5:30 pm - 7 pm in the book shop

What are we reading?

Every month we pair up a book with a Taylor Swift song or album.

To get a list of our current reads, as well signing up for best way to stay updated on all things Reading Era Book Club, please send an email to redstickreads@gmail.com and let us know you want to be added to all our Swiftie-themed fun!

Kiddos Bookclub

Ages 8-12 (3rd -5th grade) 

When do we meet?

We meet monthly and on the 3rd Saturday of the month 

12:30-1:30 in the book shop

What are we reading?

To get a list of our current reads, as well signing up for best way to stay updated on all things Kid's Book Club, please send an email to redstickreads@gmail.com and let us know you want to be added to all our email group.

 

 

 

 

Story Time

Join us every Saturday at 11:30 am in the store for Story Time for the kids!

Boozy Book Fair

Exciting news! We are going to be at The Bulldog in Baton Rouge for our next Boozy Book Fair!! It will be on Sunday, July 21st from 6 to 9:30pm! Can't wait to see y'all there!

Fly or Die

Pre-order your copy of Rebecca Yarros' third installment in the Emperyean series. Onyx Storm comes out next year, Jan 21, 2025! This pre-order is for the Deluxe Limited edition which features the sprayed edges with stencil art and other exclusive special design features.

Book Club Information

We currently offer two book club options in the shop and all are welcome! We offer a Children's Book Club and the Reading Era Book Club (a Taylor Swift-Inspired book club).

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Book Reviews

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Review by: @litwithlarashleyyyyy

Gilded by Marissa Meyer


The rundown: A dark fairytale, Gilded, tells the story of sinister magic erupting in the human world as dark creatures steal humans and children at night. The main character, Serilda, tries to save herself and her town from these creatures by tricking the king of the evil realm. However, her lies come with a price, and the king demands Serilda to spin straw into gold or die. Before Serilda knows it, she’s in the middle of her fairytale and wishes for a miracle to save her. But instead, it’s another creature who grants her wish, but once again, for a price. She and the creature uncover the mystery of the evil realm and the castle where Serilda is held captive. Will she escape?

The review: 5 stars! I could not put this book down! A dark retelling of the classic Rumblestkin story will leave readers guessing who the TRUE enemy is and swoon over Serilda and her love interest! This book is perfect for people who’ve ever felt alone and who listened to what others tell them they are without looking into themselves. The mystery of the dark castle, Serilda’s daring love for her father and the townspeople’s children, and her determination will make you run and grab the sequel to the series.

Goes well with: A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber, The Stolen Heir by Holly Black and Cursed by Marissa Meyer.

The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O’Neill

Review by: @litwithlarashleyyyyy

The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O’Neill


The rundown: In this continuation of the cozy fantasy graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society, we come back to the sweet town that has Tea Dragons, yummy food, and adventure. The inclusive, diverse book introduces Aedhan, a dragon put to sleep and woken by a local townsperson, Rinn. Together, they start a journey to discover who put Aedhan to sleep and learn more about each other. Rinn and Aedhan get help from Rinn’s uncle Erik and his partner, Hesekel, to uncover the mystery of the sleeping dragon and how to help them face their biggest fears.


The review: This is the perfect LGBTQ+ book to read for Pride Month! The fantastical characters explore their sexualities and their feelings with the townspeople. Aedhan and Rinn grow a special bond that children of all ages will appreciate and enjoy.


Goes well with: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, The Sprite and the Gardner by Rii Abrego, and Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Review by @youshouldreadthisif

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah 

The rundown: In CAPE, prisoners travel as Links in Chain-Gangs, competing in death-matches for packed arenas. Thurwar and Staxxx, both teammates and lovers, are the fan favorites. And if all goes well, Thurwar will be free in just a few matches. But even as she prepares to leave her fellow Links, CAPE’s corporate owners will stop at nothing to protect their status quo and the obstacles they lay in Thurwar’s path have devastating consequences.


The review: I loved this book so much, and I could probably write a novella about all the ways I enjoyed it. Since that’s not what any of us are here for, I’ve decided to focus this review on 2 particular elements that really hit home for me. 


First is how thoroughly Adjei-Brenyah has depicted the modern PIC (prison industrial complex) as a complex network that was built and is reinforced by so many interlocking elements. There’s the obvious, of course, such as the systemic racism made glaringly clear with the footnotes and how a capitalistic ideology props up the prison system and measures imprisoned people in monetary value: how much profit can be earned from a chain member wearing sponsored armor; the blood points, worth fractions of a fraction of a penny, earned for kills made. 


What I enjoyed even more, though, were the less dramatic ways Adjei-Brenyah makes his point. The chapter on the scientist who unintentionally developed the research used to create the Influencer, which was co-opted and twisted for a terrible purpose by the CEO of an arms company. The guard/driver of the Angola-Hammond Chain, who understands, to some degree, the wrongness but continues to do his work because he needs the paycheck. Further, Adjei-Brenyah draws familial ties between the CEO of ArcTech™️ and a cofounder of the largest private prison corporation in the Chain-Gang world using footnotes on two different pages. Such a small thing, but so powerful. Same with Gunny Puddles’ single POV chapter, which demonstrates so harshly disenfranchised white people’s resentment of POC: “The worst part is they have the audacity to think they have it worst.” And though his decision to include so many different character POVs makes the book less character-driven than it could have been and, of course, means that we spend less time with Loretta and Staxxx, taken altogether it powerfully reinforces the point of the incredible complexity of the systems bracing the modern PIC.


Second, I so enjoyed how much of a voyeur Adjei-Brenyah made me feel, particularly through the character Emily. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but it very much heightened my interaction with the book. Like the character, who initially judged her boyfriend’s fascination with hard action sports and then eventually became sucked in herself, I also turned the pages with a sick fascination with what Adjei-Brenyah had constructed. Like her, I couldn’t look away. It was a fascinating way to make the reader, particularly this one who is similar in so many ways to this character, complicit. Because there’s a challenge there, I think. An implied “oh, so you felt some type of way about what you read? well, what are going to do about it?”. So good. 


Goes well with: Your favorite abolitionist text. I recommend Angela Y. Davis’, including Are Prisons Obsolete? and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, and The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale.

Stars In Your Eyes by Kacen Callender

Review by @youshouldreadthisif

Stars In Your Eyes by Kacen Callender

The rundown: When Logan, Hollywood’s bad boy, and Mattie, an up-and-coming golden boy, are cast as leads in a new romantic film, Logan claims that Matt has “zero talent,” sending the film’s publicity into a nosedive. To create positive buzz, the two are persuaded into a fake‑dating scheme—but as the two actors get to know their new characters, real feelings start to develop.


The review: Callender really took the idea of a cozy, warm romance and gleefully ripped it up into tiny little pieces. Then he took those pieces and rearranged them into a love story that burns as it goes down. Because this romance is neither pretty nor easy. It’s a long, difficult road for Logan and Mattie to reach their happily ever after (yes, there definitely is HEA!). 


A central thesis of Stars In Your Eyes is that trauma poisons all aspects of a person’s life and a romantic relationship, even a safe one, is not the solution for recovery, a lesson that the romance genre widely could stand to acknowledge more explicitly. To that end, I really appreciated that Callender allows Logan to be and stay messy and traumatized. Nothing about what he struggles with is solved immediately after or because of his relationship with Mattie. He continues to make bad decisions, motivated by the PTSD of his trauma (both new and old). Mattie also comes to understand that his own trauma, stemming from his father’s homophobia and emotional abandonment, has led him to over-invest in caring for Logan and consequently neglect his own health.


And because of all that, we have the most necessary third-act break-up of all time. THIS, my friends, is how you utilize a break-up for the betterment of the romance! It was so, so good. Painful and cathartic, like the emotional climax of a romance should be. I love how Callender wrote the break-up, and though I want to rave about it in detail, I’ll contain myself to avoid spoiling it for readers who haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet. I’m not generally a fan of fake dating, but this was a superb execution of the trope to serve the larger story. Highly recommend.


Goes well with: Readers who enjoyed Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour, which is sapphic, not Achillean, may appreciate this one, as well. While the settings are very different, both books explore the characters’ trauma and how it impacts their ability to be in a healthy relationship. 

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