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Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Journey Home: Introduction and Sign-Up

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , ,
October 7-27 2013

Honorary Lumaterans:

Charlene: You may have heard or read of a remarkable book called Finnikin of the Rock by the brilliant Melina Marchetta. If you’ve read it you no doubt know the captivating story within. If you’ve only heard of it - here’s what you are in for :

  • An engaging, realistic fantasy world
  • Kick-ass heroes and heroines
  • Moral complexity
  • Intriguing adventure and danger
  • Captivating characters
  • Amazing writing
  • Emotional character connections
Paola: And also, you will most definitely be facepunched by the feels.

Charlene: No exaggeration there! There’s a little group of us Lumateran-loving fangirls who have fallen hard for these books, and Paola from A Novel Idea (Finnikin Ambassador extraordinaire) and I thought it would be great fun to host an event devoted to it. And if you, like us, are interested in experiencing or re-experiencing the wonderful journey of Finnikin and Evanjalin to reclaim Lumatere from the false king and break the curse over their beloved land, please join in the festivities of this event and celebrate the Lumatere Chronicles with us!

Paola: It’s become our mission in life to bring this beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable series to as many people as possible. I would say more about it, but I tend to get all incoherent and ridiculous when I try to talk about this book. Err, more incoherent and ridiculous than usual…

Charlene: Don’t worry though, since we’ve read this book before we will be much more in control of our emotions! (Watch us fail.)

Paola: Oh yeah, we are TOTALLY going to be in control of our emotions. We will not be sobbing and clutching our copies of Finnikin of the Rock. You can count on us to not be a hot mess the entire time… PROMISE.

Charlene: For three weeks we are hosting a read-along with discussions of the first book - Finnikin of the Rock. The read-along is not mandatory and new readers or re-readers are welcome to join in if they wish. The second part of the event will be all about the guest posts with participating bloggers writing about any topic they want. (Again neither the readalong or the topic posts are mandatory - you can do one or the other or both.)

Topics for these posts can pretty much cover anything relating to the series and include:

  • Favorite characters
  • Themes of community, family, dispossession
  • A look at the relationships between any characters
  • Any other themes
  • Approach to fantasy/world-building
  • Fan-casting the characters
  • What touched you about the story/ a feels reaction post
  • Reviews of any of the books in the series

We would like every blogger to post on different topics (except when it comes to reviews of the books or reaction posts - there’s no limit on who writes these posts) so please let us know what you’d like to write about through the Google Doc Sign-up form below with your preferred schedule date. We would like to schedule posts throughout the event so there will be something fun to read every day. If you were lucky enough to participate in Love Triangles 101 last July, the event will be run similarly to that.

The most important thing is to celebrate these books. The Post-Finnikin Support Group is going to read the last book in this series soon and I am so not ready to let go of this world, and sharing my love of these books with as many people as possible will help extend the experience. And why not foster our own little community of Lumatere-aholics here!

Paola: Um, well I never actually left Lumatere, so I’ll see you all there! I’ll be the one distributing boxes of Kleenex and pints of Ben & Jerry’s to all participants. Trust me, these are necessary provisions for your journey. The lovely ladies of the Post-Finnikin Support Group will also be on hand to give #TrevanionBearHugs to anyone in need of them. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

Charlene & Paola

Founding Members
Lumatere Tourism Board

Read our reviews of the first two books!
@ A Novel Idea: Finnikin of the Rock  |  Froi of the Exiles
@ Bookish Whimsy:  Finnikin of the Rock  |  Froi of the Exiles

P.S. Thank you so much Paola for all your collab help and for making the awesome banner and event badge!!  Best Ambassador EVER!

Tentative Scheduling:

The Event runs from October 7th - 27th
Finnikin of the Rock readalong: October 7th-20th. (That’s two weeks to read 400pg)
October 7th-13th: Prologue and Chapters 1-15
October 14th-20th: Chapters 16-30
(Scheduled posts by participating bloggers will be added here as they are received.)

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews | Lumatere Chronicles & High Fantasy (date open)
Lee @ Rally the Readers | Reaction Post (Oct 21)
Jorie @ Jorie Loves Stories | Recap/Reaction Post (date open)
Tory @ The Sleeping Latte | Feels post, possible Lucian post (Oct 14, 21)
Kim @ YA Asylum | Character/Relationship post (Oct 17)
Alisa @ Picture Me Reading | Undecided (date open)
Samantha @ Celestial Carousel | Review, possibly more (Oct 22)
Doing Dewey | Review (Oct 25)
Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy | Review, Beatriss and Trevanion (date open)
Paola @ A Novel Idea | Undecided/Isaboe (date open)
The Duchesses Group Review (date open)

Please if you have any thoughts or comments or ideas for changes to make to this event, let me or Paola know!  Sign-up below!

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  1. I am SO excited for this, and I'm so glad to have met other readers who adore this series, too! I'm definitely looking forward to a Finnikin re-read! Thank you so much for hosting this awesome event! :D

    1. I'm so glad to experience the book with you too! Get some more readers perspective on it and also see what I missed because I probably read it too fast. :) Thank you for joining up!

  2. Charlene,

    I am ever so thankful that you emailed me today!!! I am working on tweaking my post for Pride & Prejudice today, as Eyre was ready a bit of ahead of it, and I didn't want to post Pride without feeling that I had given it everything that it deserved!! Therefore, whilst I was writing about Eyre, I sat here thinking to myself, "What happened with Finnikin?!" I seriously was going to email you!! Like, today! Laughs!! I already put the badge on my blog, ahead of hitting the submit button for the sign-ups!! I have been dedicated to this since you originally told me it was "an idea that is evolving"!!! :) :)

    I just need to update my *Absorbing Lit* page to key in the dates + specifics!!

    1. Ooh yay perfect timing then! I am glad you are still planning to participate as I thought you might be too busy with all the readalongs and events! Thank you again for promoting it on your blog!

    2. Are you kidding!? I talk about "Finnikin" so much around my house, that I think it would be good for me to actually have something more to talk about then, "You know, in October, this book called Finnikin of the Rock,..." LOL I'm super stoked actually! And, yes,... I know,... my plate is rather full, but I wouldn't have it any other way! I am limited now (self-applied!) to *one!* read-a-long + one reading challenge/a-thon per month, which is working out MUCH better!! If I didn't have sooo many tech issues this week, I would have been on time for Septemb-Eyre + Classics Re-Told! Aye!

    3. I'm so glad to hear that! I hope you can convert your family to Finnikin fans too if you enjoy the book! :) And yes, I feel like I am at my limit for events for the rest of the year! But I might feel differently in a month. :) I am a little behind in my Jane Eyre reading which I'm unhappy about - of all the books to be slacking on!

  3. EEK!!!! *flails around* The post turned out beautifully of course! I can't wait to see who's joining our Lumatere tour group!! And I am so glad we're doing this collab <3

    1. Double EEEKK!!! :D It will be so great to expand our Lumatere family! (oh, to anyone reading, don't worry this isn't a cult!!)

  4. I've never read this book, but I look forward to joining this read-a-long to change that!

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you joined up, I hope you enjoy the book!

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    1. Awesome Rinn! We'll have the same back to back events to participate in! :D

  6. Thanks to Paola I now have a copy so I can participate!:) Looking forward to it!

    1. Yay! I hope you do a drawn review - would love to see your take on the main characters! :D