Tuesday night’s 6+7 Book Club was surprising: We read The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, and while the imagery and writing were good, the story took so long to get started and was so disjointed that Anarda and I feared the club members would all be upset we had recommended the book (which we did based on rave reviews and enthusiastic author blurbs rather than from personal knowledge). But about half of the club really enjoyed it, enough so that they would go on to read the sequel, and while the other half wasn’t crazy about it, it was more on the order of “meh” than “I hated it!” Whew! With 16 of us in attendance, the rating for the book was a respectable 7.4. Next month the club is reading Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo, before her author visit on February 5, and the month after that it’s Bad Girls Don’t Die, by Katie Alender.
On Wednesday, the 8+9 Book Club dissected Break My Heart 1,000 Times, by Daniel Waters. They liked the ghosts, and the creepy villain, were impatient with the protagonist, and wanted more information about “the Event” (as did Anarda and I!). Again, it was a split group, although the positive reviews far outweighed the negative ones, and with 16 voting, the book received a relatively high rating of 8.25. Next month this club is also reading Shadow and Bone, and the following month we’re looking forward to Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys.