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Tell us what you thought of the book(s) selected by your book club buddy for the month of January!

Did you like it? What did you like about it? Would you recommend it to friends?

Even if you weren't able to finish your January book(s) for whatever reason, please leave a comment.
(Especially if you stopped reading because you didn't like the book!)


What you choose to share with us (and how much) is TOTALLY up to you!

Just copy & paste from this box into comments and share your thoughts:


*This post will remain open indefinitely so feel free to comment about your January book whenever you'd like...even if it's the middle of June!*

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vivaciousmuse
Jan. 27th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed The Scorpio Races. It's one of my favorites. :)

I've never actually read Daughter of Smoke & Bone, though it was on my to-read list. I'm disappointed to hear it portrays unhealthy relationships. I don't blame you for giving up on it.
mabith
Jan. 27th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? csichick_2
What books did they select for you to read? Little Men by Louisa May Alcott or Charles Dickens' The Christmas Books
What did you read? Little Men
Tell us about it: This is the book my father blames for ruining him for public school, though I imagine most brainy, bookish kids dislike public school for reasons unrelated to reading about a lovely miniature boarding school.

It follows Jo and Mr. Bhaer running their little ideal school where boys can have freedom to play and mess about so long as they rigorously follow the few rules set out. We see some new children added to the school, inventive methods of discipline, Jo dealing with the boys' sometimes anti-girl feeling, etc...

The book is sweet, and not really all that dated in terms of alternative school philosophies. As is evident in other books Alcott has a bit of a split personality in terms of traditions for women and writing what will sell while trying to slip the more subversive ideas in as well.
Recommendation: yes or no? Yeah, it's a nice little read.
tanyareed
Jan. 27th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
I loved this book! It's one of my favorites from my childhood. The first time I read it (at age...14?), there was a bit in there with Dan that made me cry.
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arctic_comet
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? wasureneba
What books did they select for you to read? Raven Girl & Shiver
What did you read? Shiver, because it would have taken me 15 business days to get Raven Girl :( I had Shiver on my bookshelf, so I picked it up.
Tell us about it: Did I enjoy it? Yes and no. In a way it's a cute YA love story and I liked the friendship between Grace and Isabel, but on the other hand it was full of plot holes and Sam & Grace's entire relationship was a bit creepy. Not to mention the psychopathic Shelby who was totally over-the-top.
Recommendation: yes or no? Well, I finished it which is saying something, so I can understand why someone would enjoy this. However, I've read a lot of better YA fantasy/romance over the years.
perf
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? theviolonist
What books did they select for you to read? A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and The Book Thief.
What did you read? Both!

Tell us about it: ONE: Started with AHWOSG, which has been on my physical and virtual bookshelves for years. I've tried to read it multiple times and never got past the introduction. It's a memoir about taking care of a younger brother after their parents both die of cancer. A lot of the book is written in Dave's manic, stream-of-conscious thinking. Sentences drone on for paragraphs, and paragraphs for pages. Conversations are dramatized and the fourth wall broken. The introduction, in fact, encourages the reader to skip entire portions of the book. Dave (the "character", because I'm certain he's exaggerated for shtick's sake) is so egotistic and self-aware I wanted to strangle Dave (the author). I also wanted to give them both a hug because what do I know about being orphaned at 20 and having to take care of a little brother.

TWO: The Book Thief. If anything, THIS was the heartbreaking work of staggering genius. I finished the book in less than 48 hours and wandered around in a bit of a daze after. I can't write about this novel, only to say that it was incredibly moving and thought-provoking. I loved the structure, it's narrated by Death and interspersed with foreshadowing that I sometimes found very darkly humorous and sly. But of course, when Death is such a central character, there are no happy endings.

Recommendation: yes or no? I probably wouldn't recommend AHWOSG to the casual reader, and I don't think it's the best introduction to Eggers' work either. It's cool to love this book, but it's also cool to hate it. I need to think about it a little more, but I think I loved it. The Book Thief, YES. I can't stop thinking about it and I finished it two weeks ago.


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wasureneba
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh, this just makes me want to read The Book Thief even more. I need to get my hands on a copy of that.
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kaitydid33087
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? adaptation
What books did they select for you to read? Divergent and Silver Linings Playbook
What did you read? Neitherrrrrrr....because,I just slacked off. I know, I know. I'm bad.
Tell us about it:
Recommendation: yes or no? Sure!

This was fun Amy, I'll sign up for the next one, even if I failed this one. ♥
amyofaquitaine
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? ladysophiekitty
What books did they select for you to read? The Diviners by Libba Bray & The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
What did you read? Both of 'em.
Tell us about it: The Diviners by Libba Bray: This is a supernatural mystery set in 1920s New York City. At the center is flapper girl Evie, who is sent to live with her scholarly uncle in NYC after a party "game" goes wrong in her small Ohio hometown. Evie plans to party it up in NYC but ends up helping solve a sting of ritualistic murders. Along the way, we meet a bunch of other characters who all seem to have something special in common. This book—on the surface—is right up my alley: the 1920s, flapper lingo, a supernatural element, a mystery & I *wanted* to love it but I just couldn't quite get there. I really really liked it, though. I think my main issue with the book was that a little editing would've helped (it reminded me a *LOT* of A Discovery of Witches in that respect; I had the same issue with that book…at least Evie wasn't as annoying as Diana from ADoW lol). There are early chapters that could be GREATLY condensed IMO: for example, I know that the character of Memphis runs numbers for a mobster…I don't need to know every.single.aspect of how he runs numbers. The central mystery of the book is wrapped up and I got the feeling of closure, but there are still a handful of chapters to go. I know the author was setting up the next book in the series, but it all came off as anti-climatic (and a bit boring); almost like a "sneak peak" that goes on waaaaaaaaay too long. Still, I'll definitely read the 2nd book in the series to be released in August 2014.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I *knew* this book was going to wreck me emotionally (it's set in Nazi Germany afterall), I just didn't expect it to wreck my heart so completely. It's beautiful & brutal & uplifting & devastatingly sad all at the same time. I just…THIS BOOK. I may never recover. At one point during the time I was reading it, my mom asked me what I was reading/what it was about/if it was good. I told her it was WONDERFUL, but C'MON IT'S SET IN NAZI GERMANY, IT AIN'T GONNA END WELL. I'm kicking myself for not getting around to reading it sooner (I bought the book right after it was originally released!) and I'm really curious to see the movie now (though I don't know if I'll be able to handle it).
Recommendation: yes or no? Yes to The Diviners (hopefully you have more patience than I do!) and a DEFINITE YES to The Book Thief (have a box of tissues handy).
perf
Jan. 27th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
I read The Book Thief too! It was incredible. My grandma grew up in Germany during World War II and she would've been about the same age as Liesel. Though I think she exaggerated a lot (I know she spent some time on the run and it took her through Poland, I don't know that she was necessarily dodging bullets left and right like she'd claimed, lol) it really put it in perspective. Haunting.
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zeelixiroflife
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? becofoz
What books did they select for you to read? The Wonderful Wizard of Oz & Paper Towns
What did you read? Wizard of Oz!
Tell us about it: I'm only halfway through it, because January ended up being busier than I expected. I just love the vivid images that the author paints with his simplistic, yet descriptive words. I also enjoy how he portrayed the characters consistently yearning for something - be it brains, a heart, or courage - and yet subtly presenting the reader with incidents where the Scarecrow was the smartest of the bunch, or where the Tin Man was the most caring of the group.
Recommendation: yes or no? Yes! It's a quick read (assuming you can spend more than 5 minutes at a time reading) and really easy to understand.
wasureneba
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month?arctic_comet
What books did they select for you to read? The Graveyard Book and Paprika
What did you read? The Graveyard Book; I wanted to read Paprika too, but I searched high and low for my copy and I cannot find it. I'm actually kind of disturbed about this, because I have a visual memory of it sitting in a particular place on a particular shelf -- and now it's not. I'm getting worried about book gremlins. :P
Tell us about it: Oh my, I loved it. I sat down with it after work intending to read just a few chapters before doing some other things; I then proceeded to devour the whole book that evening. Gaiman's a good writer for adults, but I think his YA work is where he really shines, and this is such a fantastic book -- and I mean that in both the superlative sense and in the sense of the strange and surreal. The whole concept behind the book is great, and I love Bod and his interactions with all the denizens of the Graveyard (Silas! Miss Lupescu! BE STILL MY HEART). This book got a Newberry medal, and I think it really deserved it.

(My copy also has his Newberry speech in the back -- that thing is well worth reading.)
Recommendation: yes or no? Yes, most definitely!


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theviolonist
Jan. 27th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? perf
What books did they select for you to read? The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly and This Side of Paradise
What did you read? The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly, though I do plan to read This Side of Paradise soon.
Tell us about it: As the story of a man with locked-in syndrome, almost entirely paralyzed and unable to communicate except by blinking his left eye, it was bound to interesting. The fact that JD Bauby dictated the book this way makes it even more impressive. Apart from that, it's a lovely book about the essence of life: the core relationships that make your life what it is, sounds and tastes and the way surviving isn't always easy but always worth-it. Lovely. In terms of style, I won't say it's my favorite, and it wasn't as elaborate as I'd have wanted; I'd have loved for it to be longer, for us to be able to read more about the character's family and experiences before his accident. But it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Recommendation: Yes. Though it won't rock your world, it's definitely an entertaining and moving read.
currentscarryou
Jan. 28th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm really curious about this novel, just because I was incredibly moved by the film. Have you watched it?
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adaptation
Jan. 27th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? kaitydid33087
What books did they select for you to read? Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling and The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
What did you read? The Bad Beginning
Tell us about it: It was alright. To be honest, it wasn't as good as I was expecting, but I think I'm still going to pick up the second one. They're short enough that I'll give it three or four books before I decide if I want to continue or not. My review on Goodreads.
Recommendation: yes or no? Sure! There are a lot of people who love these books, and just because I wasn't enamoured right from the start doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it or don't think other people would.
perf
Jan. 28th, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
I tried reading the Unfortunate Events series and never got into them. Then I read some of his books for adults (as Daniel Handler) and grew to love his writing style, as borderline insane as it is. Maybe I'll go back and give the series another shot.
csichick_2
Jan. 27th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? mabith
What books did they select for you to read? Count of Monte Cristo and The Tylenol Mafia
What did you read? Count of Monte Cristo
Tell us about it:
This sailor gets framed for being one of Napoleon's agents helping him return from exile. Fourteen years later he escapes, and now he wants revenge.

Most of my books are e-books, so this is much longer than I realized and I'm only about a quarter of the the way through. I'm definitely planning to read it through to the finish though.
Recommendation: yes or no? Tentative yes. I don't want to give an emphatic yes until I've finished it.
ladysophiekitty
Jan. 27th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? amyofaquitaine
What books did they select for you to read? Clockwork Scarab and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
What did you read? Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Tell us about it: LEDWO is a bunch of short stories about David Sedaris's life. This is the second book of short stories I've read by him and his sense of humor is not for me. I can definitely see why so many people enjoy his stories, though.
Recommendation: yes or no? No
amyofaquitaine
Jan. 27th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, bummer, I'm sorry you didn't like the Sedaris book :( *note to self not to add to Wish List lol*
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cryptaknight
Jan. 27th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? sakuraberries

What books did they select for you to read? Everneath, by Brodi Ashton and The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson

What did you read? I ended up reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox; the library didn't get Everneath in time.

Tell us about it: The story follows a girl who has awakened with very little memory after a terrible accident, and follows her journey to discover who she is and the truth about what has happened to her. It's set in the near future, and takes twists and turns I didn't expect. Overall I found it really enjoyable.

Recommendation: yes or no? Yes.
icecoldrain
Jan. 27th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? kyyrandi
What books did they select for you to read? Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses and The Golden Compass
What did you read? The Golden Compass
Tell us about it: This book follows Lyra and her mysterious fate as she's lost between good and evil while trying to quench her curiosity and do the right thing. I had a bit of a hard time getting into this one until about half way through, which is when the story started to pick up. The first half was a bit boring and all over the place, but it successfully set up the world so I can't complain. I can say that I was not expecting her accidental betrayal to work out the way that it did until I saw her father's reaction to being reunited with her. Such a sad turn of events!
Recommendation: yes or no? Yes!
sunshine1112
Jan. 27th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Who was your buddy for the month? thedreamisreal
What books did they select for you to read? Significant sisters and The diviners
What did you read? Significant sisters
Tell us about it: It's starts with the basic roots of feminism and the writer states that feminism never "won" as each female has a different obstacle. She then outlines the lives of 5 early feminists and what I found most shocking was how un-feminist they seemed. The first female doctor wrote pamphlets and books outlying how females should keep their bodies healthy for children, the only important thing they can do, women claiming to have legal did not claim to take "ownership" from the father and the child should always live with them, but see their mother. It was fascinating to see how fare we've come.
Recommendation: yes or no? Yes, interesting history and makes you think
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