Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Club Report

There were 17 in attendance at November's 6+7 Book Club to discuss Uglies, the first book in the early dystopian series by Scott Westerfeld, and it was a lively and protracted discussion! We ranged across plot, characters, metaphors, our own standards of beauty, possible other ways the story could have gone (we have a couple of fan fiction writers in this group), and every time we thought we were done, Mohammed or Mei Li had another question, George or Ava had another comment. The rating for the book was 8.25, the highest so far this year.

Next month we are reading House of Secrets, by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus, and for January we picked The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin.

Other books we considered (in no particular order):

     A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck
     The Edge of Nowhere, by Elizabeth George
               (or did you mean the one by John E. Smelcer?)
     The Girl Who Could Fly, by Victoria Forester
     The Giver, by Lois Lowry
     The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot
     The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
     13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison
     Searching for David's Heart, by Cherie Bennett
     Circle of Secrets, by Kimberley Griffiths Little
     Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson
     Blood On My Hands, by Todd Strasser

Eleven of us in the 8+9 Book Club gave a high rating of 8.75 to the teen thriller The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It’s about a group of kids with skills—not superpowers, just extraordinary abilities that are attractive to the FBI. Two are profilers, one is a human lie detector, one can calculate the odds of anything, and one can read and gauge human emotions—who better to put together as a team to solve cold cases? Problem is, they don’t stay cold…

We had a lively discussion, and everyone is in the library looking for the sequel (or begging to borrow Melissa's ARC). Next month we are reading Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan, and the choice for January is Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Mabery.

Other books we considered (again, in no particular order):

Switched, by Amanda Hocking
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
Heist Society, by Ally Carter
Six Months Later, by Natalie Richards
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken
Splintered, by A. G. Howard

The 6+7 Book Club next meets on December 9, and the 8+9 Book Club on December 10.

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