Hello, friends! Bit of a different post from me this month, as it’s less of a subject post and more of an invitation to all of you!
You may have recognized in past posts that I admire Maggie Stiefvater and enjoy her writing. So it will probably come as no surprise that I had this idea I wanted to (re)read one of her novels, The Scorpio Races, during the month of November.
I kind of consider November to be the Scorpio Races month. If you haven’t read it before, here’s the first line to illustrate why:
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
The Scorpio Races was the first novel of Stiefvater’s that I ever read, and I remember really enjoying it. That being said, it’s been a few years since I last peeked in these pages so I’m very curious to see what new thoughts and insights another read-through will bring!
So why am I writing a post about this in early October? Because I want you to read it with me! If you’ve never read this before and are curious, or if you have read it and want to join me in re-experiencing this novel, get your hands on a copy and start it with me beginning Thursday, November 1. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, consider using the reading time as a break to recharge your creative batteries and get inspired! (And I wish you luck and many caffeine-fueled days and nights of inspiration!)
For those unfamiliar with this novel, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
This book is bursting with mythology and atmosphere, and is very character-driven. If you enjoy that sort of thing, you’ll probably enjoy The Scorpio Races! Some of the other Giddy Goat girls are joining in this impromptu November Book Club, and we’ll be doing a vlog of our thoughts about the book on our YouTube channel sometime in early December. Keep an eye out for that video and if you read along please drop by to share your thoughts on the book in the comments or in the comments here!
Happy reading, friends!