Introducing…the #HistoricalFix book club!!

Good morning!! I’m practically bouncing in my chair with excitement – do I have news for you! As you all know, I’m a co-host of the #HistoricalFix twitter chats along with Erin and Ellice. (A quick recap: the first chat’s recommendations, recommendations from the second chat, recommendations from the third chat, and an awesome guest post from one of our featured authors.)

Since April, ideas for a book club have been tossed around. After all, it only seems natural for a group of historical fiction readers to all want to read and discuss the same novel! It wasn’t until our December 1 chat, a bonus chat that focused on tv shows and movies, that we started seriously discussing the possibility of a book club. After the chat ended, Erin, Ellice, and I put our heads together and began planning it out. Fast forward to a week later and, finally, I’m able to say the book club is happening!

The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo!
Like most 18th century Venetians, Adriana d’Amato adores music-except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out of her family’s palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair.

Adriana’s father is intent on seeing her married to a wealthy, prominent member of Venice’s patrician class-and a handsome, charming suitor, whom she knows she could love, only complicates matters-but Vivaldi is a priest, making their relationship forbidden in the eyes of the Church and of society. They both know their affair will end upon Adriana’s marriage, but she cannot anticipate the events that will force Vivaldi to choose between her and his music. The repercussions of his choice-and of Adriana’s own choices-will haunt both of their lives in ways they never imagined.

Last week I received a copy of The Violinist of Venice from the publisher (thank you, St. Martin’s!) and Erin mentioned she had a copy too. What initially was going to be a buddy read turned into the club’s first pick and I couldn’t be more excited!!

So now for the rest of the details:

Anyone who wants to be a part is completely welcome and encouraged to join in! You do not have to be a regular #HistoricalFix chatter. We want to keep this light-hearted and fun and longtime followers of our blogs as well as new readers are invited!

Somehow I’ve gone from a girl who has always wanted to be a part of a book club but never was to a girl who’s semi-leading one! We’re super new at this, so please bear with us during the craziness while we get into the swing of things! We’ll have chats scattered every few months and we can’t stress enough that these are separate from our #HistoricalFix chats. We understand that not every chatter wants to participate and not everyone in the book club will want to be a regular chatter. We don’t want anyone to feel excluded or cast aside, though by all means, if you want to attend all of them, please join!!

Because The Violinist of Venice doesn’t come out until December 15 we want anyone interested to be able to have plenty of time to get a copy of the book (whether it’s by buying it or getting one from the library) and read it. ALSO, our next #HistoricalFix chat is January 26, so we didn’t want to cut into the chat’s time (though I’m sure we’ll be taking a moment or two to talk about the book club for anyone who’s missed the announcements.) SO! The chat will be February 24, 8:30 PM EST at #bookclubfix.

We’ll also be watching Poldark during December and January too! (Hello, Aidan Turner ♥)

I don’t know about you but I am SO insanely thrilled that our idea for a book club is now a Thing! Please, please spread the word and join in! We would love to have you there – we’ll also be choosing the next book during the #bookclubfix chat, so bring your best recommendations!

13 thoughts on “Introducing…the #HistoricalFix book club!!

  1. I can’t tell you how exciting this is. I tried to organize one for me and a few friends but no one was reading the books except me. So I have been here reading by myself not able to share with anyone. I love historical fiction! Thanks for this girls! I will request it from my library!

  2. Ooh wow — happy for the *special news!* bulletin about the book club — somehow I thought the tag was going to be #HistoricalFixBookClub but #BookClubFix I guess works? It’s a strange choice I thought, but that’s alright. I was also surprised — wasn’t there a second selection? Because I remembered “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter was also going to be discussed as this was a double-feature book club? Or did the details change since the 1 Dec chat?!

    I happily requested “The Violinist of Venice” from my library, which is inbound to me, however, it might not arrive until January — so having the official ‘book club chat’ in February is ideal! :) I was so surprised the request came through so quickly! Also, I have “Beautiful Ruins” on hand right now – thus, I’m ready for both novels as readalongs. :)

    When you tweeted me you didn’t give me the link — so I was at first confused thinking it was a pinned tweet — blessed you haven’t tweeted too much and I found the right post!


    • hahaha! You should see our texts – Erin, Ellice, and I tossed around a LOT of hashtags. #HistoricalFixBookClub was actually the first one suggested, but we ended up deciding against it because of the length :)

      Yep – initially we had two books picked. Erin gets the blame for this one! She decided that Beautiful Ruins would be a bonus, ‘extra credit’ pick.

      Whoops, so sorry about the tweet! I thought I had tweeted it in reply to one with the link! Glad you were able to track down the post though.

      • Ooh you guys should have used #HistoricalFixBC (book club) to hug into the chat?! Ohh well. The main thing is that I’m excited to be a part of this and am simply happy to play a part in the club itself! Wicked addicted to #HistoricalFix chats, dearly find them to be too short (always thinking they go to 10p & they end @ 9p!) — and this was just a happenstance incident where my library was as wicked happy as I was about the book you picked as your ‘main read’!!

        Ooh okay — extra credit, eh? Wells, I’m wayy ahead of the curve then! lol OR that puts extra pressure on myself to nail the Q&A about the stories! lol

        I always track down the posts — it’s this cold kicking me in the head — it makes easy to find things a bit harder to find. I’ll be glad when it flies out of my coughing fits and disintegrates completely! Ha!

        Can you tag me on Twitter if you update about the club & if there are in-between bits for us to know about!?

  3. YESSSS!!! I love historical fiction, and this book is on my TBR list. There are no good physical book clubs in my area so I have been searching for an online one. But, I don’t read much YA so that’s proven difficult. Thanks for an excuse to buy this book now. I look forward to the discussion.

    • :) YAY!! That would be wonderful if you could join us! I’m in the same boat – I gravitate more toward adult than YA and the few book clubs in my area are YA-targeted.

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