Round 4 Nominations are Now Open!

Reading221b is an LJ community open to all for the discussion of BBC Sherlock fanfiction.  

We’ve opened nominations for Round 4 in the following categories:




Greg Lestrade


Come by and let us know which fics you’d like to read and discuss next!  It’s gonna be a great round!

Fan fic discussion at reading221b

Hello, fic loving people. Tomorrow the reading221b community at LJ will start discussing hyacinth_sky747's What To Do When Your Flatmate is Homicidal. If you haven’t read it yet, you should, not because I’m going to moderate the discussion, but because it’s a wonderfully cracky, fluffy, laugh-filled happy fic about a Johnlock relationship from Sherlock’s distinctive point of view. Also, there are knickers.

There’s still time to read it before tomorrow–don’t let the 50k words fool you, this one goes quite fast. Check tomorrow to join in on the discussion, and signal boost this if you want people to read this amazing story!

The Speed of Objects in Motion by holyfant


Sherlock, John and a lifetime of falling together and apart.


Created this cover in anticipation of this week’s discussion at reading221b. But also because I love this work and want to worship at its altar. 

John and Sherlock spends a lifetime crashing together and splintering apart, never able to escape each other’s gravity. It’s a perfect portrayal of an imperfect relationship about two people who can’t help but hurt each other yet also can’t live without each other. 

This work was breathtaking. Literally. For the better part of the two hours while I was reading this, I felt a heaviness in my chest as if the angst of the characters have materialized into concrete forms within me. 

It sounds kind of painful and maybe it was a bit. But it was also cathartic and illuminating and one of the most beautiful pieces of fiction that I’ve ever read. It’s not what I usually look for in my fanfictions but every once in a while, I will read a piece of fiction that’s so real that it not only touches something profound within me but also changes my perception of the characters or the world that we live in. 

So go and read this wonderful fic by holyfant!!! And then come share all of your angst and tears and thoughts at reading221b.
Round Two Nominations Open at Reading221b

Nominations for Round Two are Open at Reading221B!  

Now’s the time to nominate your favorite fics in the following categories:

Hidden Gems (under 1K hits on AO3)
Rare Pair (not Johnlock or Mystrade)
Short AUs (under 15K)
Short Casefics (under 20K)

We’ll read one fic from each category between mid-November and mid-December.

Lots of great fics nominated already - please feel free to add to the list!

sherlock fic reading group

hi all! this is just a reminder that the Sherlock fic reading group, Reading221b, is up and running at LJ. 

next Monday, voting will begin to select the first round of stories that we will read and discuss together.  But you’ve got another week in which to nominate stories for the first round! So stop on by: you can suggest your own favorites - for any of a number of different genre streams - or add your own endorsement to stories that have already been nominated (which is also definitely helpful) or just see what’s on the list of possibilities. The community is open, and we would love to have you!

Nominations are Now Open for Round 3!

The gates are open!  Gather your favorite fics together and let’s start figuring out what we want to read next!

We have seven nomination threads for you in this round in the following categories (links will take you to the appropriate thread):

Canon-Compliant/Missing Scenes
Romance (to be discussed the week of Feb 11)

Nominations are open until January 24 - let the fun begin!

Hitting the Water at Sixty Miles an Hour by what_alchemy


“You love your mother, Sherlock?”

John watched the muscles in Sherlock’s jaw jump. He nodded in one sharp jerk.

“Then we’re going to her party and making her happy.” John let out a resigned sigh. “As a ruddy couple, you bastard.”


Cover for this week’s selected work for reading221b. Cover art inspired by the beautiful Scottish Highlands/Outer Hebrides. I love what_alchemy’s descriptions of the Outer Hebrides which are so vivid and present that the setting/location sometimes seems like the fifth character of the fic.
Voting is Still Open!

Voting is still open for Reading221b - and the votes are so close in a few categories that the ties have been nearly constant.  (At this moment, there’s a tie in both the Casefic and the Wild Card categories, though there’s a lot of races that are so close one vote could change everything.)

Please please please go and vote if you haven’t already!  We are going to close the voting down in a few hours - every vote is important!

Go vote!

Introductions at Reading221B

Hello, Reading221B members! Some people seemed to like the idea of a social/getting to know you post. We have these shared experiences of having read many of the same stories, laughed at the same jokes, sighed with relief or aggravation or happiness at the same denouements… and (as John said) “I don’t even know your name!” Not that you have to share your real name, but let’s get to know each other a bit better. 

Answer as many or as few questions as you like over in the LiveJournal community. 

Going to 221b Con? Like to read fanfic? Wanna talk about it?

The mods at @reading221b have FANTASTIC news - in conjunction with @threepatchpodcast, we’re going to be hosting a LIVE, IN-PERSON reading discussion at @221bcon in the Three Patch Podcast Suite! Mods @tiltedsyllogism and gentlespirit will be on hand to lead a discussion of thesardine’s Left Unsaid.

Left Unsaid is unrated (but roughly teen-level), Johnlock, and is a quick read at about 2K words long. thesardine is a wonderful author and the discussion is sure to be a great one.

The exact time and date of the discussion hasn’t been decided (it’ll depend on what else is going on that weekend) but we’ll announce as soon as we know. And if you miss that announcement - just stop the TPP Suite at the con and someone there will undoubtedly help you out. (And also probably feed you, and give you things to color, and hit you up for knitting, and all that good stuff.)

We are SO excited to be teaming up with the TPP crew and we cannot WAIT to see all of you at the con to discuss these fics!

Crazy for Love by prettyvk


It starts with five words.

“Is my father really dead?”

Or maybe, that’s how it ends.

Come join us this week for reading221b’s AU discussion of prettyvk’s Crazy for Love, the first part of the James Holmes Chronicles. It’s a very unconventional but moving tale of parentlock along with some of the most heartbreaking scenes of pining!Sherlock I’ve ever read. Go read it now if you haven’t already and make sure to pop in on Wednesday for our discussion!

(Image on the bottom right credited to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince)
Two more nomination days left!

There are just TWO more days to nominate your favorite fics for Reading221b’s first round of Fic Discussions!  

Sometime on Monday, the mods will post a poll so you can vote for which fics you want to read and discuss through the month of September and October.  

Please stop by and check out the nominated fics - and feel free to second/third/fourth the ones you like, especially in the Humor, Casefic, Rare Pair, AU, and Omegaverse threads, where we have SO many nominations already that ONLY the fics with seconds are going to be included in the poll.  

Bring us your fic!  We want to read them and have thoughtful discussions about them while drinking tea in a civilized manner.

(We’ll provide the place for discussion.  You provide the tea.)
Now Accepting Volunteers for Leader's Choice discussions in Round 5!

Want to lead a discussion in Round 5?  We’re accepting volunteers for the Leader’s Choice discussions for our upcoming round!  Our current lineup of categories are:

Mrs. Hudson
Historical AU

We look forward to seeing what you’d like to discuss!

variations of john/sherlock

We are having a really interesting conversation over at Reading221b about some of the tropes and structures common to John/Sherlock stories, and in particular the patterns (and divergences) in the stories we read for Round 1: The Speed of Objects in Motion (by holyfant); Given in Evidence (by verity-burns); The Frost is All Over (by Chryse); The Paradox series (by wordstrings); What to Do When Your Flatmate is Homicidal (by Hyacinth_Sky747); and Hitting The Water at Sixty Miles Per Hour (by what-alchemy). Whether or not you’ve joined us so far for any of our conversations on these individual stories - even if you haven't read all of these stories - we would love to hear your thoughts.

Come join us!

The Heart in Him by Azriona


Three years after Sherlock fakes his death, he receives a text from Mycroft telling him it is time to come home. But the text doesn’t give the whole story. Not by half.


Come join me this Wednesday for reading221b’s omegaverse fic discussion of The Heart in Him, the first installment of azriona​’s wonderful Hearts series. There’s angst, an adorable toddler, and all the usual gender/societal dysfunctions of omega'verse. C'mon! It will be amazing!!!!! ^____^
Reading Discussion - The Anatomist by rosa_acicularis

“When they are children, Moriarty is a game. A story they tell only to each other, in whispers. Jim and Molly Moriarty, from the beginning.”

This week’s discussion focuses on Molly Hooper and rosa_acicularis’s beautifully written story, The Anatomist. Stop by and join in the fun!

I Used to Live Alone Before I Knew You by Etothepii 


Where Mycroft is an angel, Sherlock is a demon, and John is still John.


Come join me for this Sunday’s (11/30) AU fic discussion at reading221b. There will be fallen angels and magical feathers and of course, good ol’ Johnlock (because that will never change no matter what universe you’re visiting).