Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book Clubs Report

There were 11 at 10-12 Book Club this month, to discuss Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride, and everybody liked it! The rating was 8. Next month, we are reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, and the month after that it's Pregnant Pause, by Han Nolan. Jenna, Jordan, Clare and Derek need to pick up their book (I have them all at Central at the moment). Books we considered but didn't choose were:

Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A. S. King
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Room, by Emma Donoghue
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson
Streams of Babel, by Carol Plum-Ucci
Blink and Caution, by Tim Wynne Jones
The Replacement, by Brenda Yovanoff
Fifteen attended 8+9 Book Club, at which we discussed You Killed Wesley Payne, by Sean Beaudoin. This may be the most debated book we have read, since half the club thought it was amazing and the other half hated it! Some thought it was really clever, others thought it was too clever to be readable, but all agreed that the glossary at the back was the best part of the book. (Some thought that if the glossary had become footnotes, the book would have been better.) The ratings went from a low of 4 to a high of 9, with an average of 6.8. Next month we are reading Human.4, by Mike A. Lancaster, and then we are finally making Cameron happy by reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, our second choice after we were unable to get copies of Let It Snow, the volume of short stories by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. We will be adding a few copies of this to the library's collection, however, so you can check it out and read it on your own. Christopher, Alvin and Arsh can pick up Human.4 at either library. Other books we nominated:
The Future of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Paper Towns, by John Green
Let It Snow, by John Green/Mauren Johnson/Lauren Myracle
A Mango Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
The Hobbit, by J. R. Tolkien

The 6+7 Book Club had 14 at November's meeting, and reaction to Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve, was medium. Some enjoyed the Steampunk elements and the relationships, while others found the book confusing or dull and didn't finish. The rating was a middle of the road 6.5. Next month's book is the schoolgirl spy novel I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter, and for the following month we had a tight race and a run-off to get there, but we will be reading The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Caitlyn, Asif, Kendelle, Bella and Gabriella may pick up their books at either library. Unchosen books included:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
The Ranger's Apprentice, by John Flanagan
Fang Girl, by Helen Keeble
The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan
Midnighters: The Secret Hour, by Scott Westerfeld
Remember that you can check to see WHAT we are reading and WHEN we are meeting by going to the Teen Programs page on our website.

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