Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity is hosting a readalong of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. It's a much older book which appeals to me because old books need love too!
Here are the details:
Begins September 1st with an intro post, Halfway check-in post (Chapter 19 or so), and ends September 30th.
Summary from Goodreads:
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being "human." Words like "provocative" and "compelling" will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.
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