My Birthday Buddy Read: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Hey, friends! A month from today is my birthday, which means August is my birthday month! I originally wanted to do this special thing where I had all my Goodreads friends pick books they’d think I’d love, and then I’d spend the month reading them and crediting the people that gave me the recommendations! But life is just too chaotic at the moment for me. And honestly? I have way too many ARCS that I need to prioritize! (Which I completely know is the best problem to have, and I am so very privileged!) But I still wanted to do something with the community to celebrate my birthday, and I think the best way is to host a massive buddy read! Also, be on the lookout for me reading your recommendations month long (hopefully) in December! 💖

But the book I picked to buddy read is The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1) by Seth Dickinson!

“The Traitor Baru Cormorant is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman’s mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of two books that I get recommended to me constantly! (Full disclosure, the other book is The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #1) by Helene Wecker!) But I get this book recommended to me at least once a month, I swear! It’s also perfect timing because the sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant, comes out October 30th, 2018!

And so many of my friends have loved this one, and if you’re on the fence you should check out some of their amazing reviews:
Mogsy @ Biblo Sanctum
Mary @
➽ Elizabeth @ Books and Pieces 

And the reading breakdown is going to be: 
August 21st – Up to page 57 (Chapters 1 – 3)
August 22nd – Up to page 125 (Chapters 4 – 9)
August 23rd – Up to page 182 (Chapters 10 – 14)
August 24th – Up to page 242 (Chapter 15 – 19)
August 25th – Up to page 294 (Chapters 20 – 23)
August 26th – Up to page 344 (Chapters 24 – 27)
August 27th – Finish! (August 27th is my actual birthday, so hopefully we can all celebrate by finishing and loving this book together!) Also, feel free to read less or more, I will just be honored to be reading with you, regardless of your desired speed!

I’m not sure how big of a group will want to birthday buddy read with me, especially because I know many of my friends have read this one! But I figured I can set up some kind of group chat, whether it is Twitter DMS or hashtag (like my friend Julie does), a Goodreads group, or a Discord channel! I guess I’ll see how the response is, and then plan accordingly! (And obviously let you guys know as soon as possible!)

Also, I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to participate in this! This is just a book I very much think I will love, and nothing would make me happier than buddy reading it with the community! But let me know if you’re interested, regardless if this is your first time reading this story, or even a reread! I would be honored to buddy read this with you, especially for my birthday! I hope you also all know how honored I am to be a part of this community that loves books and reading so unapologetically! You all bless my life every single day, and always make every day feel like it’s my birthday! 🍰💕

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💗 And because I know people will ask here is my Amazon Wishlist! But please don’t feel any pressure what-so-ever to buy me anything! I’d much rather buddy read with you all!

36 thoughts on “My Birthday Buddy Read: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

  1. OmG Mel 🙈 this is fantabulous idea. I will be travelling a lot in August but guess what? I just got the eBook 😂🙈 and I am gonna try my best to read it for your birthday ❤

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    1. OH MY GOSHHH! I LOVE YOUUUU! So happy the book community brought me your friendship, love! SO THANKFUL! And I hope you having have the safest and most amazing travels, love! ❤ xx


  2. Hey Mel! I love the idea and would like to join you 🙂 I’ve stumbled across this book a couple of times and if Mogsy likes it, it can’t be bad 😀

    I’m not active on goodreads, but on here & twitter and instagram, so I’m sure I’ll find a way to chat with you guys 🙂

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  3. i love this idea! i’ve been too nervous/shy to do any sort of buddy read yet so i love the idea of a lot people coming together to read somethign and celebrate your bday. i’m going to be away for the first few days but i’m in!

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    1. RACHEL! THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY! I’ve wanted to do something else with you since Renegades and my heart is so happy! Thank you so much! And I hope we all love the story! Happy reading, beautiful! (And if you ever do a buddy read like this, you know I’m in and will boost everywhere!) 💕xx


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