Hogwarts Professor Book Club: ‘Chaos Walking’ Followed by ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Eyre Affair’

We’ve had a great time here discussing Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games books! Louise, Elizabeth, and I at our last Hogwarts Professor faculty ‘sit down’ and tea decided, consequently, to continue our ‘new book looks’ with a title just released or published in the last year alternating with a classic book with some tie-in.

Our first choice is Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, the third book of which series will be published on 28 September. It’s a dark, violent dystopian piece and if you haven’t read the first two, you’ve got until the 28th to get up to speed. We’ll be posting ten threads again on the day after Monsters of Men‘s publication, the day of publication if we can manage a midnight-release purchase or review copy, and the week prior I hope to put up some speculative notes. Get reading, All-Pros, if you want to join in that conversation!

On 15 October, we’ll start our classics reading with Jane Eyre and on 1 November, as a fun follow-up, The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde’s wonderful ‘Thursday Next’ mystery novel that take place inside Jane Eyre (if you’ve got time, you might try to squeeze in Martin Chuzzlewit, too, before entering The Eyre Affair).

And we’ll be continuing our conversations about Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games! Stay tuned for some great reading and even better discussions about books we love, how they work, and why we love them.


  1. How fun! I’m actually reading The Knife of Never Letting Go right now at the urging of many friends so I might be able to catch up in time. And Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time.

  2. Great idea! Looking forward to it! I recently read The Eyre Affair and enjoyed its cleverness and creativity so much!

  3. I bought and read ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ yesterday and it is a great read! I hope to post some thoughts (sans spoilers) on it tomorrow to encourage HogPros to start on this right away if they haven’t already and to prime the pump for the serious conversations we’re going to have before and after Monsters of Men is published 28 September!

    Get a copy today — you won’t regret it!

  4. The start of this analysis seems to have been delayed. Is there an adjusted timeline that we can use to anticipate the beginning of the discussions?

  5. Yes, it looks like we’ll need to re-schedule! What with John’s tour of a thousand cities and the heavy grading semester we’ve had here at Hogwarts, the staff has been a little over-stretched (Rats, where have those self-grading tests gotten to?)
    So, since we don’t have Time Turners handy, we’ll plan to pick up with Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness’s final entry in the Chaos Walking trilogy, around the first of December (it’s a good counterpoint to all that excess cheer and warm and fuzzy programming). That will also give us time to handle the DH movie excitement first. Then, about mid-December, we’ll all curl up with a classic—Jane Eyre and its delightful “partner” Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair. Our New Year’s resolution, if you’re fond of such things, will be to discuss more exciting old and new books together!

  6. And everyone should be excited for Jane Eyre what with the fabulous new trailer just released. 🙂

  7. I’m cautiously optimistic, myself, Amy. I love the story so much I’d love to see a great new film, but then, I trust Hollywood with the classics as much as I trust Thursday’s nemesis Archeron Hades…

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