As you know I started a book club this year! Best decision ever. (Psssst I have some tips if you want to know how to start a book club!) Maybe you can make it your bookish New Year’s resolution like I did last year? I wanted to provide you with a roundup of what we read, if we liked it and if I think it’s a good book club book!
Basics about our book club:
- There are 5 of us right now
- We are all in our mid to early thirties. Hey old lady..you know who you are. I am the second oldest at 28.
- We read YA books for book club and we all have crazy different taste. I overlap with mostly everybody since I read everything basically.
- We are not a super serious book club. We talk about the book for as long as we feel like and then chat about all the other books and random life things. We don’t discuss super literary aspects of the book — mostly how we related to it, what we liked, didn’t liked, reactions to things, etc.
- We meet monthly.
- We eat lots of snacks and alcoholic beverages. Sometimes we get crazy and it scares my husband.
How We Pick:
For the first two months we used the Forever Young Adult book club list but then we had a few books in a row that a bunch of us had already read so we decided to just pick our own things and it just kind of stuck. Now we basically have everyone write down their pick and then choose the order out of a hat. You’ll see we have a crazy amount of variety.
Our 2013 Roundup
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
My Verdict: LOVED. A favorite I read this year! (my review of Code Name Verity)
Overall Book Club Verdict: Unanimous love.
Is it a good book club book? Absolutely! Would recommend for a teen OR adult book club.
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
My Verdict: It was okay to good for me. (my review of Princesses of Iowa)
Overall Book Club Verdict: Super mixed!
Is it a good book club book? As much as this wasn’t an OMG LOVED IT type book this was perhaps the BEST discussion we had because we talked about the book but also shared a lot about ourselves in high school and where we fit in. Definitely lends to good discussion so I’d say yes — especially since we WERE so mixed about it so it’s not like it wasn’t good.
Requiem by Lauren Oliver **last book in a series**
My Verdict: No me gusta. (my review of Requiem)
Overall Book Club Verdict: Unanimous dislike. Rage even.
Is it a good book club book? Well obviously we chose this because we all had read the Delirium series and Requiem just came out so we wanted to read it. I think Delirium could have been an interesting book club book but the series fell flat for me after that. So I’d skip for a book club pick even though we had TONS to talk about towards our feelings about the ending.
The Program by Suzanne Young
My Verdict: LOVED. (my review of The Program)
Overall Book Club Verdict: A win for everyone!
Is it a good book club book? We had a good discussion around this one — it was different and there was quite a bit to talk about. I say if you are down for something different, yes! Could definitely spark some interesting conversation about depression and treatment.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
My Verdict: It was just okay for me — loved The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight WAY better. (my review of This is What Happy Looks Like)
Overall Book Club Verdict: Was not a hit at all!
Is it a good book club book? Honestly there just wasn’t much to talk about past what we liked/didn’t like. It was a cute little romance that I likened to an old school Mary Kate & Ashley movie but didn’t really make a good book club book at least for us adults. Just nothing really of substance to talk about.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
My Verdict: Really liked this one! (my review of Speechless by Hannah Harrington)
Overall Book Club Verdict: I think it was mostly positive feelings surrounding this one.
Is it a good book club book? I think so — especially for teens honestly because it’s so relevant to them. Lots to talk about like mean girls, standing up for what’s right, consequences, gossip, social hierarchy, etc.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
My Verdict: I actually did not read this one — my one book club skip!
Overall Book Club Verdict: There was very mixed feelings on this one. Some love, some indifference, some dislike.
Is it a good book club book? From what I gathered not reading the book, yes!
Prodigy by Marie Lu ** Book 2 in series**
My Verdict: Really liked this one! (my review of Prodigy by Marie Lu)
Overall Book Club Verdict: Liked! Were dying for Champion at the end!!
Is it a good book club book? It’s a really action-y series so if you don’t mind that you’ll be talking mostly plot stuff than yes. I could see it being a good one for teens — especially a teen boy book club. My nephews LOVED this book and had so much to talk about with me we had our own mini book club basically. As adults though it just wasn’t one where I felt like we had much to talk about as much as we loved the book.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My Verdict: This was a reread for me. This book is an all time fave! (my review of The Book Thief)
Overall Book Club Verdict: There was love from the two of us who it was a reread for but mixed for the rest of the group.
Is it a good book club book? I think so! We had a good conversation about the book honestly! Comforted each other with the feels we had. Talked about our expectations for the movie.
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
My Verdict: I really loved this one even though it’s not a genre I typically read! (my review of Something Strange & Deadly)
Overall Book Club Verdict: Very positive feelings from like to love!
Is it a good book club book? Hmm while we all loved it I don’t know that there was a TON to talk about outside of reactions to things. Being that we are in Philly and this book is set in Philly that gave us other things to talk about but that’s about it. It really depends on the book club vibe you are looking to have!