Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Book Club Report

Sixteen of our 19 members were at 6+7 BOOK CLUB on Tuesday night, including our new member, Brooklyn--welcome! We discussed The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor, and pretty much everybody was a fan. It wasn't one of those club meetings, however, when everyone said "I liked it" and quit talking--there was a lot of conversation generated by talking about favorite characters or favorite moments, how things could have gone (Mohammad), and speculation about future books, which had already been broached by a couple of eager readers. Anarda and I are so pleased that the club liked the book because...Frank Beddor is coming to see us TONIGHT at Buena Vista branch at 7:00, for our MAD TEA PARTY! We hope YOU are coming, too!  (Tea, CAKE, autographs, free stuff, cosplay...)

But...back to book club. The book received a rating of 8.65, which is our highest rated book of this year.

Next month's book is The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot, and yes, Harrison, Mohammad, Brandon, Brenden, Gavin, Trevor, and Brooklyn, you DO have to read it. For those who missed the meeting, there are copies waiting for you at the Circulation Desk at Central and Buena Vista.

For the following month, we selected The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni, by a narrow margin.

Other books we considered, in descending order by number
of votes:

Counting by Sevens, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You,
          by Ally Carter
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Spelled, by Betsy Schow
Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper
Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick
Deep Blue, by Jennifer Donnelly
The Kingdom Keepers, by Ridley Pearson
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson
Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel

Our next meeting is on March 8.

The 8+9 BOOK CLUB likewise read and discussed a book based on the Alice in Wonderland mythology: Splintered, by A. G. Howard. (It's the 150th anniversary of the original.) Fourteen of our 19 members were mostly in agreement that they enjoyed the book, although one person rated it a 5 and likened it to bad fan fiction! Everyone else, though, had a lot to say and share, particularly about the love triangle of Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus. Some incidents in the book were deemed inappropriate and creepy (something about an incisor?), but people seemed to enjoy even the macabre parts, such as the dinner party at which the guests slaughtered the food right there on the table, and Alyssa's affinity for skewering insects to use in her art mosaics! A couple of people have gone on to read the second book, which promises much more information about Morpheus (a favorite character with most). We're hoping that everyone's new fascination with Alice in Wonderland will bring them to the MAD TEA PARTY, TONIGHT! (Did I mention cake? and free stuff?)

The book was rated 8 out of 10, with one 10, one 5, and everyone else's score falling in between.

Next month, we will read and discuss the redoubtable Maggie Stiefvater's book, The Raven Boys. And for April, the club finally agreed to read The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey.

Other books we considered, in descending order by number
of votes:

Famous Last Words, by Katie Alender
Conjured, by Sarah Beth Durst
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore
Maybe One Day, by Melissa Kantor
Etiquette and Espionage, by Gail Carringer
Far, Far Away, by Tom McNeal
Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stool

Our next meeting is on March 9.

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