02 February 2014

Epic Recs: February 2014

A few months ago, Judith and I started up an impromptu book club called Epic Recs. The aim of this was to force each other to read books that we have previously loved. You know, because Judith is a self proclaimed book pusher, and I just like forcing people to do things.

A couple of months ago, we opened Epic Recs up to the public, and in December a hell of a lot of people signed up, either to be paired by us or after pairing themselves. Judith and I are so pleased at Epic Rec's success. We truly hope everyone enjoys this as much as we do!

This month we're doing the same thing, there's a form you can fill in if you want to be paired with another person, or you can sign up right away with someone of your choosing using the Linky.

Want a random partner?

All you have to do is fill in the form below, and Judith and I will match you up with another participant. We'll take your bookish tastes into account when finding the right partner for you, although Epic Recs is about expanding your horizons as much as the feeling of glee when someone loves your favourite book. Fill in the form if you're interested, and we'll pair you up as soon as possible!

Already have a partner?

Then create your sign up post/tweet/video for the month, and link it up so we can check it out! We'd love to know what you're reading.

What if I participated last month but am looking for a new partner?

You may, of course, sign up for a new partner using the form. However, you MUST let your previous partner know that you're planning to do it before you do it. We're not doing letting them know for you.

If I sign up for a partner, which month do we start recommending Epic Recs to each other?

This is something you can discuss with your partner. You can either start right away, as soon as you get the email, or you can wait until next month if you are busy. It's up to you!

If I sign up for a partner, how soon will I hear back from you?

We try to pair people up as soon as possible, but it does take some time. Sometimes people are kept on the waiting list because we want to pair people up with someone who they share something in common with, and there might not be anyone available right away. So please be patient, we work as fast as we can! We want the Epic Recs experience to be amazing for everyone involved, so a lot of thought goes into the pairing system.
Onto the actual recs. Last month Judith recommended CROWN OF MIDNIGHT to me, and I ended up really enjoying it. Which was unexpected, because I wasn't a fan of the first book in the series. I recommended BURN FOR BURN to Judith, which she is currently reading. 

This month, I am recommending THE SONG OF ACHILLES to Judith, because I feel like everyone needs to have their lives ruined touched by this book. I'm very curious to see what she thinks of it. Judith has recommended THE BOOK THIEF to me, because she learnt that I haven't read it yet. Oops. This month is clearly going to break us, and if Epic Recs doesn't come back in March then you all know why.
Sign up for an Epic Recs partner here!


  1. All the best, both of you! I've been wanting to read The Book Thief for a long time now, and I even bought it for one of my friends, but I somehow couldn't bring myself to read it. I dont know, it just seems so intimidating. And, after all the raves, I dont want to be let down.

    1. Thanks, Fahima! I totally agree, the rave reviews make it seem so intimidating. I've had it on my shelf since 2010, and still hadn't gotten around to it in case it let me down. Fingers crossed!

  2. This month I've some exams at university but maybe in March I'll join this wonderful book club. I've a question: can I join even if I'm italian?

    1. I hope you are able to! And of course you can, it doesn't matter where you are from :)

  3. This is going to be good. The book thief always breaks me, no matter how many times I read it.. It's absolutely one of my favorites and I think I've re-read it almost 6 times now. It actually makes me want to pick it up again.. who knows. Happy (and heartbreaking) reading!

  4. Ooo, this is going to be interesting! I haven't read The Book Thief yet either, unfortunately. My epic recs partner recommended to me Legend by Marie Lu, so I'm excited to get started on it. :P I probably wouldn't have read it for some time if she hadn't recommended it to me. Have fun reading this month. ;P


    I'm intrigued to see your thoughts about this one. Seems like it's a love or hate kind of book.


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