Friday, January 16, 2015

Book club report!

At January's 10-12 Book Club, we had one of our liveliest debates ever over Andrew Smith’s Winger. One of our members says it’s his favorite book of all time and that he "gets" Ryan Dean West, but some others disliked it intensely, and we had ratings from the 19 people present (out of 27--what gives, people?) that ranged from a 10 down to a 2. The final rating was 7.65.

The debate raged over the author's conception and treatment of gay people through the eyes of his protagonist, Ryan Dean, whose constant harping on the fact that it's okay for him to be best friends with a gay guy even though he's straight, yes he is, please don't forget it, really put a few people off. (One member counted the number of disclaimers: 52!) Additionally, some felt the trope expressed by the fate of the gay character, Joey, was tired and outdated and that Smith shouldn't have gone there.

Next month we are reading Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta (finally! yay!), and the following month we unanimously agreed to read Vicious, by V. E. Schwab.
All members but one (19 in all) showed up for January's 6+7 Book Club to discuss The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin. Apparently, despite the fact that this mystery was originally published in 1978, it has lasting appeal—we had a lively and prolonged discussion, and the final rating for the book was 8.33, the highest for any book so far this year.

For next month’s book, the club is reading Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. For March's book the club chose Circle of Secrets, by Kimberly Griffiths Little, but afterwards we discovered that it's not out in paperback, so we will be reading the club's second choice, The Alchemyst, by Michael Scott.

Other books we considered:

Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements
The Girl in the Steel Corset, by Cady Cross
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Flying Solo, by Ralph Fletcher
The Girl Who Could Fly, by Victoria Forester
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson
My Friend the Enemy, by Dan Smith

Our selection for 8+9 Book Club this month was Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry, and even though I had reservations about this choice (because zombies!), Anarda assured me that it was good, and sure enough, it proved very popular! Out of the 10 in attendance, only two didn't enjoy it, and the other eight were enthusiastic fans. Several said they would go on to read the other THREE sequels in the series, and the final rating was 8.33.

For February we are changing direction with Getting Over Garrett Delaney, by Abby McDonald. Book club members who didn't attend this month please note: We are still awaiting the arrival of a few more copies of the book from our vendor, so if you want to start reading right away, see Melissa at the Central Library for a library copy that has been put on reserve for you, and you'll get your copy later. If you can wait another week, we should have the real thing by then!

For March reading, we chose Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan, but since we subsequently discovered that it is rated for 10th grade and up, March's book will be our second choice, which was Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, a personal favorite of ours (because dragons!).

Other books we considered:

Matched, by Ally Condie
Delirium, by Lauren Oliver
The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

Lovely to book-talk with you all--keep reading, and we'll see you in February!

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