This month’s Read Harder Book Groups are sponsored by Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her.
Whether you read a book a week or a book every couple months, you’re welcome to join us for the upcoming Read Harder Book Groups! We’re meeting in eight cities this October, and will have some goodies for attendees:
If you’re working towards the Read Harder goals for this year, you can track your progress and share recommendations with other participants; or maybe you just want to chat about the most recent book you read and find out what everyone else is loving.
The Read Harder book groups meet once a month, and have no set theme or booklist. Keep an eye out right here for recaps, updates, and more cities as we add them. Hope to see you IRL soon!