I've never been part of an official book club, but in July, three of my best friends and I established one of our own. In preparation, we went book-hunting online, skimming plots and titles and reading parental reviews until we had a decent-sized collection of what we hoped were clean, well-written novels worthy of book club discussion. Heck, we even appointed a moderator to make sure we didn't drift off-topic, but we've found (amazingly) that we don't need it.
As the title of this post indicates, we are introverts. Our motto: Every man is an island. Our club name: we haven't agreed on anything yet. I think we should call ourselves "Introverts Unite," which (if it sounds stupid to you) is at least better than what the other members agreed on when I wasn't there to stop them: "Geek Squad." More like Gag Squad. Thankfully, at my threats, they decided to toss that idea. Not so thankfully, majority rule also tossed Introverts Unite. What followed was a series of really, really, really bad ideas that you probably don't want to know about. Oh, you do? All right, then. The Hungry Book Monsters. Yeah, that's what I thought.
Obviously, we never even considered any of those. And we remain, to this day, the Untitled Book Club.
Each month, we draw a slip of paper from a box that we have deemed "The Box." Whichever book title, along with its author, that is written on that slip of paper, we read it for club and then meet somewhere to discuss it. For the first few months, our rendezvous has been a relatively quiet (and delicious) restaurant, but we decided that it would be more fun if we went to each other's houses, and that's what we've been doing ever since. We do plan to meet at the restaurant every once in a while, though.
These are the books we've read and discussed so far, including our average rating for each one:
July - Legend by Marie Lu 6.5
August - A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen 7.5
September - Princess Academy by Shannon Hale 4.9
October - The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone 4
November - The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor 6
December - The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry 4.75
Yeah, we're picky. If it had just been me rating them, though, Legend, A Night Divided, and The Looking Glass Wars would have all gotten at least an eight. The others... well, they were eh.
Have you read any of these books? What do you think of these ratings? Are you part of a book club? I would love to receive answers to these questions in the comments below!