Friday, March 11, 2016

March Book Club Report

All but one of our 19 members made it to 6+7 Book Club this month to discuss The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot. There were some surprising reactions to this book! As we expected, some of the guys really loathed the book, but one of them gave it a 10!

Comments about Mia Thermopolis were hotly contested, with some saying that her interminable whining about algebra and flat-chestedness were annoying, while others maintained that since the book is written in the form of a diary, it is necessary to be extra forgiving about its contents, since a  ninth-grade girl would say in a diary a lot of things she wouldn't normally reveal. We all agreed that she was unbelievably naive about the true nature of her father's family and status, and also that the idea of having a parent dating one of our teachers was beyond creepy.

In the end, the ratings ran the gamut, with seven ratings of a perfect 10 down to three ratings of a dismal one! The final score, considering the spread, was a respectable 7.5.





For next month's discussion, we are reading The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni. And for our final book of the year in May, we will read I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter.

Other books we considered, in more or less descending order, were:

Counting by Sevens, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
The Kingdom Keepers, by Ridley Pearson
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
Earth Girl, by Janet Edwards
The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster
House Arrest, by K. A. Holt
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
Virtuosity, by Jessica Martinez
The Wish List, by Eoin Colfer

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 12.



Sixteen of our 20 members met for Wednesday night's 8+9 Book Club, to talk about The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater. Apparently the majority of the club didn't share the love that Anarda and I have for this series. Some didn't care for the way the book is written in third person, jumping from perspective to perspective. Others considered Ronan too creepy, Gansey too oblivious, and the story itself confusing. The final score was a 7.3 out of 10.




Next month we will (finally!) read and discuss The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey. The book chosen for May was Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger.

Other books we considered:

I'll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Nearly Gone, by Elle Cosimano
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore

Our next meeting is on April 13.

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