Thursday, October 13, 2016

October Book Club Reports

Twelve of our 15 members attended 6+7 Book Club Tuesday night. We read and discussed The Colossus Rises, the first book in a series called "Seven Wonders" by Peter Lerangis. The series is hyped as the next Percy Jackson (and the publisher secured a complimentary quote by Rick Riordan for the cover), but a lot of our club didn't feel it lived up to the hype. The highest score it received when we rated it was an 8, and it had the most wide-ranging ratings of any book we've read, ending up with a final score of 5.75. Comments included: "The superpowers weren't really super enough" and "there wasn't enough back story" and "there wasn't enough action." Only two people said they might continue with the series, although those who have read further into it reassure us that after the first book, things get more interesting and the pacing picks up.

Next month, we will be reading The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, by Trenton Lee Stewart, and for December, after hotly contested multiple sessions of voting, the club narrowly selected Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller.

Other books we considered, in order of preference
(and will save for future consideration) were:

Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld
Doll Bones, by Holly Black
Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy
Frozen Charlotte, by Alex Bell
Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer
The Maze Runner, by James Dasher

The club meets next on November 8.

The 8+9 Book Club met Wednesday night to discuss Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver. A lively interplay by 18 of our 24 members brought up many elements of the book they liked or didn't, with a certain group maintaining the book was repetitive and boring, while others felt it was both realistic and accurate to the high school experience.  Everyone was aghast at Sam's (brief and much regretted) involvement with her teacher, most everyone loathed Lindsay (though some felt sorry for her by the end), all the teen drinking was marveled at, and parallels were drawn between Juliet Sykes and Luna Lovegood! It was an entertaining discussion. (Should I mention the comparison Mohammed made between Samantha and Mussolini's wife? No?) Ratings ranged from 10 down to 2, with the final result being a solid 7.

Next month, we will read and discuss The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons, and for December the club chose (by an extremely narrow margin) The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson.

Other books we considered, in descending order, were:

Red Rising, by Pierce Brown
The Accident Season, by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Paper Towns, by John Green
Jackaby, by William Ritter
Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
The Wrong Side of Right, by Jenn Marie Thorne
Court of Fives, by Kate Elliott
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Next month's meeting is on November 9.

Copies of Nicholas Benedict are at both branches; but those who missed picking up The Glass Arrow may pick one up at Buena Vista until Anarda runs out, and then they will have to wait until Tuesday afternoon, because Melissa went on vacation until then, and the rest of the copies are in her car! Sorry...

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