Sunday, November 6, 2016

10-12 Book Club Report

The 10-12 Book Club met last Tuesday night, although our ranks were down by 12--seven excused, and five NOT excused (ahem!). It was a strangely subdued meeting for those of us who attended, as everyone seems to be in mid-semester slump. Many of the people who couldn't come were working on their college essays or applications, since the early decision deadline was last week, and the rest were missing due to either sports or band.

We met to discuss A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab, and while the book got high ratings (a final score of 8.1, with all 7s, 8s and 9s except for one dissenting 5 that pulled the score down a bit), no one had a whole lot to say about the book, except for Cami, who was a big fan and had many good observations! We all agreed that while we love V. E. Schwab, we can't quite figure out how all her writing can be so different from all her other writing. The consensus was that we still love Vicious the best, and The Archived the least. Anarda and I encourage you to pick up the sequel, A Gathering of Shadows (the library owns four copies for check-out), if you liked this one. It's similarly good (maybe even better!), and introduces a really cool new character into the mix.

For December's meeting, we will be reading and discussing Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell.
Those of you who missed club can pick up a copy at either
Central or Buena Vista.

Things heated up a bit more when we discussed what book we would read for January. After deciding that the first choice (recommended by Anarda) was just too long a book to read during the school year (662 pages!), our final selection was Lock In, by John Scalzi ("Finally!" exclaimed Zoe).

Other books we considered, in order of preference:

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson ("Someday," I sighed.)
Side Effects May Vary, by Julie Murphy
Proxy, by Alex London
Beka Cooper: Terrier, by Tamora Pierce
Where the Stars Still Shine, by Trish Doller
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia

(We have dropped the last two from our considerations list due to lack of interest, but I still say you would like them!)

The next club meeting is on December 6.

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