Monday, June 29, 2015

The Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club (Adventure 3)


This month's Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club (click here if you're new to the idea) theme was Frienemies and BFFs.  Halina showed up with homemade apple sharlotka and of course we had lots of coffee and tea and book talk.  I'm going to jump right in with the list of what we read.

Rachel read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
It's pretty quickly making its way through the book club lending circle (I had my turn last week) and it's becoming a favorite of everyone.  I love reading a graphic novel with a believable female protagonist and the friendship/rivalry between Ballister Blackheart and Amborsius Goldenloin is so adorable I can barely stand it.  It's a must read and I'll have a review posted at some point in the future.

Stephanie read The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
The friendship in this one is between sisters, which is one of my very favorite relationships to explore in books.  I've got a copy of this one and I'm a fan of de los Santos' other books, so I'll be boosting this one up the TBR list for sure.

Halina read Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Ex-best-friends go on a road trip to see a reunion show played by their favorite boy band.  What's not to love here?  I've added it to my list - it sounds like a perfect summer read.

And I read The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
You can click here to see my full review of the book, but the long and short of it is that it's an intriguing and shocking story about two ballet dancers, a vicious murder, and a mysterious mass murder at a prison for young girls.  You should definitely read it.

A few others I've read recently that I think would make good choices:
All the Rage by Courtney Summers (or really any of her books, including Some Girls Are and Cracked Up to Be)
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

And a few things we spent a good bit of time discussing that are totally and completely unrelated but worth mentioning:

Gilmore Girls (if you haven't watched it, do, and if you don't like it, never tell Stephanie).  Somehow this one seems to come up at pretty much every meeting, so you can go ahead and assume it was discussed at some point during every meeting we've ever had.

Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog


Next month's adventure is Books Set in a Boarding School.  As always, I'd love to see any of your own recommendations for books about BFFs and Frienemies OR for books set in a boarding school!


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