Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Club Report for February

Of the 19 members present at this month's 10-12 Book Club, sadly only two became fans of Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta. In fact, so few people finished the book that we all declined to rate it. This was disappointing for us, since Anarda and I love this series, but some of the comments about the book were "too convoluted" and "confusing" and "too much back story." We had prefaced our recommendation of this book with the caveat that while we didn't feel this was Marchetta's best book, the two sequels, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn, are so awesome that you must read Finnikin first in order to understand what's happening in them, and you MUST read THEM! Two people said they would go on to do so, and I guess that's all we can ask!

Next month's book is the much-anticipated Vicious, by V. E. Schwab, and there are early signs (from read-ahead people) that this selection will meet with more success!

There was a close-run race for April's book between The 5th Wave, The Martian, and Tell the Wolves I'm Home, but the sci fi crowd split over the first two, giving the win to the third, so we'll be reading this set-in-the-1980s Alex Award-winner by Carol Rifka Brunt in April.

Other books we considered:

The Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer
Meet Me at the River, by Nina de Gramont
Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Martian, by Andy Weir
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

The 6+7 Club had all but two in attendance to discuss Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, and those 19 people were pretty uniformly enthusiastic about the book, giving it a final rating of 8.5, our highest so far this year. We split down the middle on who would rather be a cyborg vs. who would prefer to have the mental powers of Queen Levana. Three people have gone on to read Scarlet, and two people had also read Cress and were lining up for Fairest. The last book in this retold fairy tale series, Winter, will (ironically) release in the fall. Here is a review of Fairest by our own Daryl M., reference librarian and sci fi/fantasy maven.

Next month this club will read The Alchemyst, by Michael Scott, and for April the club finally voted in The Maze Runner, by James Dashner.

Other books we considered:

13 Treasures, by Michelle Harrison
Freakling, by Lana Krumwiede
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch, by Joseph Delaney
The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy
My Friend the Enemy, by Dan Smith
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements
Vampirates, by Justin Somper

Getting Over Garrett Delaney, by Abby McDonald, was our February book in the 8+9 Club, and 11 of our 13 members were there to discuss it. Seven people were big fans of this realistic anti-romance, while a couple were lukewarm and two actively disliked it. The final rating was 7.5.

Next month's book is Seraphina, by Rachel Hart (a wonderful fantasy including dragons), and for April we'll be reading the skewed retold fairy tale novel, Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross.

Other books we considered:

The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken
Heist Society, by Ally Carter
The Selection, by Kiera Cass
Matched, by Ally Condie
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

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