This week, we had the last meetings of teen book clubs for this school year. Meetings will resume in September, with lots of moving up between the clubs. (We will have one meeting all together with the members of all three clubs in August, for the purpose of getting acquainted and of picking our September books.)
Since we weren't picking another book, we had quite a bit of time left over after discussion and rating, so we went around the circle and each recommended a favorite book (or two). Here is the list and who suggested what:
Ten, by Gretchen McNeil
Don't Turn Around, by Michelle Gagnon
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
Belly Up, by Stuart Gibbs
The complete Alex Ryder series, by Anthony Horowitz
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein
Star Wars books!
The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
Court of Fives, by Kate Elliott
Ink and Bone, by Rachel Caine
Hailey noted for the group that the first book is much more expository than the following volumes in the four-book series, and that if we had liked this one at all, we should definitely check out the rest. This led us into an interesting discussion about other series where the first book is primarily set-up and, while not bad, is definitely not as good as the remainder of the series, and what a challenge it is to get people to hang in there with a series when they aren't completely enamored of the first book!
Series mentioned were the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta, and the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner.
We also discussed the travesty of leaving book cover selection to marketing departments instead of making the cover agree with the contents; and the similarities and differences between the books we read for these clubs this month, since both take place in girls' schools.
We finished off the night by breaking into groups and socializing for one last time before our summer hiatus, and promised to meet up over the summer at Book Cafe!