Friday, March 21, 2014

March Book Club Report

Fifteen members of the 10-12 Book Club gave a rating of 8.4 to I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak. We had a lively discussion about the end--some thought it was the perfect denouement, while others thought it took the reader right out of the story and was "cheesy." Regardless, everyone enjoyed the language, the characters, and the writing style.

For April, we will be reading Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley; our meeting is on April 1, and Corey will be at BPL for an author visit on April 9! His new book, Noggin, releases on April 8, so we are his first stop--even before the L.A. Times Festival of Books! We're excited! In May, we will read Unwind, by Neal Shusterman.

8+9 Book Club was a little smaller than usual (12--what happened?), but no less energetic. Most people liked our book selection--The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater--and it ended up with a 7.5 rating. Several are reading the sequel.

Our book for next month is the Area 51 sci fi thriller Adaptation, by Malinda Lo, and we voted to read Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins, for May.

Other books we considered:
My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
, by Mark Haddon
Rumblefish, by S. E. Hinton
Ten, by Gretchen McNeil
Starters, by Lissa Price

6+7 Book Club was well attended (14) and enthusiastic about the book! We read Bad Girls Don’t Die, a horror novel by Katie Alender featuring possession and a creepy doll, and it received a rating of 8.5. Two members have already gone on to check out the sequel, From Bad to Cursed.

Next month we are reading the fairy tale fantasy Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones, and for our last book club meeting of the year in May, we will read Across the Universe, the first volume of a space odyssey by Beth Revis.

Other books we considered:
The Search for Wondla, by Tony DiTerlizzi
Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, by D. J. MacHale
Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld

All of you book club members who didn't attend our meeting be sure to pick up your book from the Circulation desk at either library. And here is your ASSIGNMENT for next month: Be thinking about what you want to do over the summer! Do you want to read a single book or a series? Do you want to have one summertime meet-up amongst all the book clubs? Be ready to tell us in April so we can make some PLANS!

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