Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Club Report

There were 16 in attendance at the December meeting of the 10-12 Book Club, at which we discussed The Martian, by Andy Weir. We have been wanting to read this book for a very long time, and fortunately the book lived up to its hype: Only one of the 16 didn't care for it, and everyone else was a fan. Those of us who know something about math and science enjoyed the intricate details, while those of us who know nothing about those subjects nonetheless loved the book for the story, the suspense, and the smart-mouthed protagonist. The rating was 8.5.

Unlike last month's meeting, when we were all practically unanimous about next month's book (Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher), there were 12 books nominated this time, so we voted three times and then voted twice and then voted once! The one we ended up with was Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Other books we considered:

Where the Stars Still Shine, by Trish Doller
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
All You Never Wanted, by Adele Griffin
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Proxy, by Alex London
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia
The Bride's Farewell, by Meg Rosoff
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Locked In, by John Scalzi
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

The club meets again on January 5, 2016.

The 6+7 Book Club was decimated by both illness and choir concerts this month, so only 12 were there to talk about Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz, the first in the Alex Rider series. We had two low ratings that pulled the average down a bit, but everyone else liked the book so much that it still ended up with an 8. Even though many of the events of the book were pronounced highly unlikely to completely ridiculous, most people were willing to go with it for the sake of the adventure, and several have already read a few of the sequels.

Because we had already chosen our book for next month (The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor), since the author is paying us a visit in February right after book club, we spent the time we would usually take to vote on a book to instead discuss some things we've been reading that we liked.

Here's the list:

The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Ten, by Gretchen McNeil
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni

We will save these for future meetings. The club meets next on January 12.

The 8+9 Club also had some attrition due to choir and orchestra concerts ('tis the season), so we had only 10 club members to talk about Variant, by Robison Wells. It definitely seemed like there were more teens in the room, though, what with the lively discussion of this strange science fiction story! Everybody liked the twist, and the book was favorably compared to The Maze Runner, with a rating of 9 out of 10!

Next month we are reading Gone, by Michael Grant, and for February we chose Splintered, by A. G. Howard, to put this group in the Alice in Wonderland mood as well!

Other books we considered:

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle
Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
October Sky, by Homer Hickam
Far, Far Away, by Tom McNeal
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

The club's January meeting is on Wednesday the 13th.

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