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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Forbidden Book Club

So a few of us (@TwilightsDance, @booksoverboys, @katiesbookblog, & @the_bookishtype) were talking on Twitter the other day, saying how we'd heard really good things about FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma, but we are all scared to read it.  The brother/sister love thing is.....well.....pretty gross, right?  But, in a way, maybe also a little fascinating?  I don't know if I can read this book alone, so we all decided we would go through it together.

If you'd like to join us, just make a blog post, announcing that you'll be participating, and add the link down below.  Encourage your followers to join us too!  The more the merrier!  If you don't have a blog, but would still like to participate, just add a link to any of your social media sites.  If you've already read Forbidden, but would like to join in on the fun, you're welcome to.....just make sure you don't get ahead of us and give anything away.

We'll start the book next Wednesday (12/7/2011), so this will give you time to buy/check out/borrow the book.  We'll read 5 chapters at a time, have a few days to get those chapters read, and then we'll come back and discuss what we thought about it.  I'll post a very brief recap of the five chapters, and we can talk about it in the comments.  (If anyone has a better idea about this, I'm open.)

If you get started reading, and just can't stop at 5 chapters, that's ok.  Just make sure you only talk about the chapters we're on, so you don't give anything away.  If you're having a hard time keeping up, let me know (Andye at and we may be able to slow down some.  If you'd like to write blog posts on your own blog about your progress, and your thoughts, that's great too!  You can leave a link to your posts.

If I've forgotten something, or you think something can be done better, don't hesitate to tell me!  This is my first "book club" so I'm open!

I'm excited!!  Hope you are too!
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Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives--and the way they understand each other so completely--has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.


  1. That's so funny! I was discussing this with RW and someone else a few weeks ago (being afraid to read it , not the book club LOL) and they dared me to!!! So its got officially added to my December pile then!!!

  2. Hope to participate. I've "ordered" Forbidden from our library & should be next in line to get it. The entire Milwaukee County Library System only has one copy. :(!/lizawiemer

  3. I saw this book in the library and wanted to read it but didn't want to.. maybe I want to partipcate

  4. Hi there! I'm the author of FORBIDDEN. Good luck reading it, be brave ;) and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have as you go along or after you've finished (although do be careful not to post spoilers).
    Happy reading! :)

  5. Ah that's so nice of Tabitha to join in! I'm happy to participate as well, Guess I'll try to check in every Wednesday and Sunday for updates, but I follow you on twitter so I'll be able to see new posts announced on there too.
    Thinking this should be fun~

  6. I don't know!!

    I still think it's gross. And I've been told that *I* might not like it, so ahhhhhhhhhhh! decisions!!

    maybe... not sure... :/

  7. when I say *it* I mean the brother/sister in love thing, not the book! (which I haven't read)

  8. I read this a year ago. It was beautiful. :)

  9. I read this book and highly recommend it. It's powerful! I was a little wierded out by it at first but once I got into the story, I saw how much more complicated the "love" was.

    Hope you all enjoy reading it :)

  10. Dude, I am throwing down the guantlet for you all! I read it first, which either makes me super bohemian and cool or creepy and gross depending on how you feel about pushing these boundaries.

    I dare you not to adore it. I dare you not to cry. ; )


  11. This book is so beyond amazing. I think having a support network will really go a long way!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  12. Wow, definitely not something I'd probably read alone. But definitely into doing it as a group :) I'm in

    Ordering now

  13. This is undoubtedly the most powerful book I've read. Seriously. Just. Read. It.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

  14. I had to laugh when I got the news letter saying people were afraid to read this book. I have had this book on my shelf since it's release day and have read it because I was a little nervous about reading it as well. I am looking forward to dusting the jacket cover and reading it. Thanks for having this!

  15. Well... since my copy has been confiscated, I can't really join in... HAHA, totally kidding! I hope you enjoy it, if "enjoy" is the right word. I'll definitely be coming back to comment on your re-caps. Should be fun!


  16. Haha, yes Britta!! I should have said, "This Book Club made possible by the lovely Britta!"


  17. I'm glad you lot are reading it because there's no way I will be reading that book. I'm not that brave, haha.
    So I might as well read what you all think of it :)

  18. I would have joined you guys but i told myself last month to suck it up and read it and i read it in one day!! I'm glad I did, i've been so afraid of reading it for the longest time. Good luck guys!!

    - juhina

  19. I'm so glad we came up with this idea! I don't think I would have been brave enough to read it on my own. I need like...someone to hold my hand while I read it and this book club will do just that!

    HA, I have a feeling that when I read this, I'll be tweeting like crazy! Eeep, I'm excited! I need to go buy a copy this weekend! :)

    And because I'm a big softy, I have a feeling I'll be bawling like crazy once I get through with this book.

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