Tuesday, October 9, 2012

November: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Our first meeting has come-and-mostly-gone (you can still discuss it in the previous post)! If you missed the first meeting - you were busy, sleepy, avoiding the potential for an awkward first-date club meeting vibe, whatever - you won't want to miss our second meeting, because the book we've picked for November is GOOD.  Check out this sweet cover-art-eye-candy (and the synopsis):

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."

Hmm... smells a bit like a certain fairy tale.  But before you start thinking about singing mice and pumpkin carriages, this book is far from the fairy tale you grew up reading/watching. Like, lives-on-the-moon far.  (Inside-book-joke intended.)  And before you get all oh-no-I'm-not-reading-ANOTHER-dystopian-novel, just chill; this book is just as different from other dystopia-set books as it is from other fairy-tale-retold books - in a good way.  

So come by the teen room and check it out! Or put the book on hold early - the next meeting is November 1st at 6pm.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October After-Meeting Mint: You Were Always My Favorite...

The first meeting of the SPL Teen Book Club was last week - woohoo!  Thanks to everyone who came to talk about their favorite books and helped break in the club like a shiny new shoe.  If you wanted to avoid the first meeting and join the club at a fashionably-late second meeting, you can still discuss your favorite books here!

Some of your favs from the meeting included the Maximum Ride series, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, Withering Tights by Louise Rennison, Tangled by Carolyn Mackler, See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles, Willow by Julia Hoban and the Harry Potter series (OF. COURSE.).  Reasons for liking these books included enjoying them for the action, for adventure, romance and humor; for the issues in some books and for how other books made you think. Topic- and genre-wise, it's a pretty diverse list, which only makes for a more interesting meeting.

Teen librarian/bound-paper-aficionado Veronica McKay also read some juicy bits from some of her own newer favs, including Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough.

So how about you, anonymous internet reader-person?  What are some of your favorite books, and why do you like them?  Or is there a book you just LOVE, but didn't want to be the only one talking at the meeting (because you can tell us about it here - and it's anonymous...)?  YA books, non-YA books, or just a favorite genre - let us know!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Welcome! Willkommen! Bienvenidos! ...Or whatever!

Welcome to the official blog for the Smith Public Library Teen Book Club! Here you'll find all the info and food-for-thought you'll need to participate in the club, whether you attend the meeting or not.

Here's what you do:

  1. READ DA BOOK. Find out about the next meeting's book here on the blog or SPL's website's teen page (OR you could just call the library and ASK which book.  If that's your thing.).  Check out a copy and get to reading!  
  2. READ DA BLOG [QUESTIONS].  We'll have posts with talking points to think about and discuss at the meeting or here in the comment section.  
  3. GO TO DA MEETING. We'll meet on the first Thursday of month at 6-7pm in the multipurpose room at the library.  This month's meeting is TONIGHT, October 4th.
  4. READ DA BLOG... AGAIN [SEE WHAT YOU MISSED].  Even if you can't come to the meeting, you can weigh in online.  There'll be posts covering topics/friendly arguments (*cough*) from the last meeting so you can sound off with your opinions even if you miss a meeting.  
Lather, rinse, repeat for the next meeting.

BY THE WAY, if you don't finish reading the book before the meeting, no worries - you can still come to the meeting.  This is a book club for YOU, and we want to hear YOUR opinions!

That's it!  We'll see you around - at the library OR here on the blog.