Old School Wednesdays

Old School Wednesdays: February Poll

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!)

February Readalong:

After a December and January hiatus – Smugglivus Rules All – it is time to get back to our regular Old School Wednesdays Readalong poll! 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 February 25, 2015.

Have at it!

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey


Menolly — Mistress of Music, Ward of Fire Lizards

Every two hundred years or so, shimmering threads fall, raining black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleaguered skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the planet. It was not Threadfall that made Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music. Menolly had no choice but to run away. She came upon a group of fire lizards, wild relatives of the fire-breathing dragons. Her music swirled about them; she taught nine to sing, suddenly Menolly was no longer alone.

The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O’Shea

The Hounds of the Morrigan

A wonderfully written fantasy set in the west of Ireland, which tells of the coming of the Great Queen who is bent on bringing destruction to the world. Only Pidge and Brigit can stop her, and their task seems impossible as they’re constantly trailed by the queen’s hounds. But they’re aided in their quest by a host of willing helpers – a glorious array of unforgettable characters.

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Eyes of the Dragon

A fantasy of heroic adventure, set in the kingdom of Delain. It involves a king who is poisoned, a young and beautiful queen, a prince locked in a high tower while his younger brother assumes the throne, and an evil magician who harbours terrible secrets and malevolent plans.

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father is head curator, but only she sees the black magic and ancient curses that cling to artifacts. Her mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypt amulet that threatens to destroy the British Empire and start a terrible war.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.

Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

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Get voting, and we hope to see you on February 25!

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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  • Ana
    January 14, 2015 at 4:22 am


  • Yuko
    January 14, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I voted for Naomi Bovik’s book, I love dragons:) Since I’m new to this thing, on the 25 February will be live your review of the book with more votes? When will we know which book to read?

  • Heather
    January 14, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Hounds of the Morrigan!!!

  • Ana
    January 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Hi Yuko,

    Yes, on the 25th we will post our joint review of the book with most votes. We will announce which one next Wednesday. : )

  • Sabrina
    January 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Ooh, tough choice this week. Dragonsong was my absolute favorite book when I was younger – I so desperately wanted a fire lizard as a pet. But Hounds of the Morrigan is one I’ve stared at on the shelves for years, and never quite managed to pick up. So I’m hoping that one wins and I can finally learn whether or not to read it!

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