Friday, December 20, 2013

December Book Club Report

I already reported (on Dec. 4) on the 10-12 Book Club meeting.

For our 6+7 Book Club, we read The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus #1), by Jonathan Stroud. With 16 votes counted, the reaction was middling--while everyone liked the snarky humor contained in the footnotes, several said the book took too long to get going and was "too talky," and others found the character of Nathaniel unsympathetic. Our rating was 7.

For January, we are reading The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, a steampunk-y murder mystery/gothic fantasy. And in time for our visit in February from author Leigh Bardugo, we will be reading Shadow and Bone.

Other books we considered:

Down the Rabbit Hole, by Peter Abrahams
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Skinny, by Carolyn Cooner
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
The Golden Door, by Emily Rodda

The book we chose to read (after Shadow and Bone) is Bad Girls Don't Die, a spooky book with a creepy doll by Katie Alender.

For our 8+9 Book Club, we read I'll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, in preparation for her author visit, which will be in March. The club really loved the book--several remarked on Riddle as their favorite character, the action and suspense were satisfying, and everyone enjoyed praising Sam and reviling the unfortunate Bobby! Our final rating was a high score of 8.75.

For January, we are reading Break My Heart 1,000 Times, a ghostly futuristic paranormal murder mystery by Daniel Waters. And for February, we will read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo in this club as well.

Other books we considered:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,
          by Mark Haddon
Adaptation, by Malinda Lo
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,
          by Ransom Riggs
The Shadow Society, by Marie Rutkowski

The book we ended up choosing is The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater, which was characterized by its book-talker as about "hot guys with fast cars." Hmmm. Not exactly how I would describe it, but those are some elements present in the story! And here is Maggie's (old) car, which was the model for the one in her book. (Notice the license plate.)

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