Sunday, March 5, 2017

February Book Club Report

As mentioned in my review of Every Day, by David Levithan a few posts back, the 10-12 Book Club read that book for the month of February, and 17 of us discussed it three weeks ago.

Next month's book is Side Effects May Vary, by Julie Murphy, a sad tale of a girl at death's door who decides to say exactly what she wants to everyone she knows, and then, surprisingly, recovers, and has to deal with the fallout.

And for April's book, the club chose the sci fi thriller Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Other books the club considered:

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
Bumped, by Megan McCaffery
The Boy Most Likely To, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
I'll Meet You There, by Heather Demetrios

This club meets next Tuesday, March 7.

Fourteen members of the 6+7 Book Club met two weeks ago to discuss The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson. They read this the month after the 8+9 Club did, but were not nearly as impressed by it, and much more puzzled or annoyed by some of its questions and inconsistencies. The votes ranged from a 10 down to a 2, and the final rating was 6.85, a far cry from the other club's rating of 9, and only a few were excited for the sequel, also in contrast to the other club.

Next month, this club will read and discuss Steelheart, also by Brandon Sanderson--we hope they like this one better!

For the month of April, the club chose Among the Hidden, a dystopian novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Other books we considered, in descending order:

Rules, by Cynthia Lord
Wishing Day, by Lauren Myracle
A Mango Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Star Girl, by Jerry Spinelli

Two books to hold for future (they don't come out soon enough in paperback):
The Warden's Daughter, by Jerry Spinelli
Magnus Chase, by Rick Riordan

This club meets next on Tuesday, March 14.

The 8+9 Book Club, with 16 in attendance, met this past week to discuss Jackaby, by William Ritter. Most enjoyed this paranormal mystery set in 1892 New England (except for Megan, who moaned "NOT another mystery..."), although some thought the bad guy was too easy to guess, while others thought Jackaby was a little snooty about being the only one to possess his special powers. But everyone liked Abigail, plus the hint of a love interest with the mysterious police officer Charlie Case, and quite a few intend to go check out the sequels. The final rating was 7.3.

Next month, this club will read and discuss Crash, by Lisa McMann, also the first book in a trilogy, and also kind of a mystery, although there's a lot more interpersonal stuff in this one (and it's about contemporary teenagers).

For April's selection, the club was going to go old school with And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, but we can't get the book in sufficient quantity for the right price, so we will instead read Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige. There was a long list of books from which it was chosen, and we had two runoff votes! The other books, in descending order, were:

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
The Reformed Vampire Support Group, by Catherine Jinks
Trouble Is A Friend of Mine, by Stephanie Tromly
Beka Cooper: Terrier, by Tamora Pierce
How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon
Sabriel, by Garth Nix
The Accident Season, by Moira Fowley-Doyle
The Wonder of All Things, by Jason Mott
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
A Study in Charlotte, by Brittany Cavallaro
Throne of Glass, by Sarah Maas

This club meets again on Tuesday, March 28.

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