Thursday, December 11, 2014

December Book Club Report

Last Tuesday night’s 10-12 Book Club discussed I Am the Weapon, by Allen Zadoff, a book about a boy assassin. Although we try not to differentiate in book club between “boys’ books” and “girls’ books,” and cheerfully (well, usually) read them all, this one definitely fell out along gender lines—all the guys liked it a lot better than the girls did, thought it was a better story, didn’t mind the inconsistencies, etc. The comments were varied, and the rating ended up being a hotly contested 7 from our 18 attendees. Next month we are reading Winger by the inimitable Andrew Smith, and the month after that is Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta, a favorite of mine and Anarda’s.

There were 18 in attendance at this Tuesday night’s 6+7 Book Club to discuss House of Secrets, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini. Some liked that the book jumped straight into action, while others would have enjoyed more character development and scene-setting. All were agreed that the book was weird but fun, although some liked it better than others, and our final rating was 7. Next month we will read The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin, and for February it will be Cinder, by Marissa Meyer.

Other books we considered (in no particular order):

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson
So B. It, by Sarah Weeks
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Magyk, by Angie Sage
Beholding Bee, by Kimberly Newton Fusco
13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison
Radiance, by Alyson Noël

On Wednesday night we had a small group of eight at the 8+9 Book Club, due to some holiday choir performances at school. We discussed Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan, which received a rating of 7.85, and moved on to a group of other books in that same subgenre of paranormal romance. Next month we will read its polar opposite when we assay Rot & Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry (zombies), and then it’s a return to romance (though not of the paranormal variety) with February’s choice, Getting Over Garrett Delaney, by Abby McDonald.

Other books we considered (in no particular order):

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
Ship Breakers, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Heist Society, by Ally Carter
The Rules for Disappearing, by Ashley Elston
A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass

Those who missed book club, you can pick up your copy of the book at either library. Those who missed book club without telling us, remember: It is part of your contract with Book Club that if that happens twice in a row or three times over all during the year, you are out of book club and someone from the waiting list moves into your spot--so get on your email or your phone and let us know ahead of time! (Preferably before 5 p.m. the day of book club!)

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