Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Club: April

Hi Everyone!
Today is book club day! March's selection was Victoria Aveyards's Red Queen. We hope you enjoyed the selection and can't wait to hear your thoughts. As promised, we will each give our thoughts on the books and then discuss below in the comments section with you guys. 

Carrie Beth's Review
Y'all, I was a total slacker when it came to reading this month!  I have been super busy and reading just fell to the back burner.  Actually, I think why I didn't get to finish this book yet is because I had the actual book.  You know a hard copy to hold in your hands with real pages to flip.  Crazy, I know, but I have gotten into the habit of reading on the Nook app on my phone.  So much so that the other day I told Little Mama she needed to go do her reading for school and she asked me if I ever read books.  I was appalled and told her of course I read, but realized she never sees me holding a real book.  Maybe that is why I actually bought the physical book this time around.  It didn't serve me well though.  Every time I had a few minutes to read I would realize that I'd left the book on my nightstand when I was sitting at dance class. Or when I was in bed and ready to read, I realized I left the book downstairs and I was too tired to run and get it.  However, I always have my phone close by so when I'm reading a book on my phone I always have it with me when I have a few extra minutes.  I think from now on I will stick to reading on my phone.  That being said, I have loved the chapters I did read so far, but for a full review, you better see Jen's comments below!  :-) 

Jen's Review
Oh my, I have to admit I was a little skeptical about this book at first, but a few chapters in I was hooked. Young Adult lit seems to suck me in every time.  The book to me was a little Harry Potter meets The Selection meets The Hunger Games. I was hit or miss on Mare at first, but I was most definitely team Cal from the start. 

Books that feature dystopian societies always make me feel very thankful. It seems like a common theme in series lately, and I can't imagine ever living remotely close to the rules that are always laid out.  I am very thankful for the current freedoms we have, and even more thankful we don't have an evil super mind reading queen ruling over our country. Nor could I imagine having her as a mother in law. Eek!

Mare's situation was constantly a volatile one, and I always found myself staying up way too late reading in hopes that she and Cal would be named King and Queen and make everyone live happily ever after. Without giving away too many spoilers, I was completely shocked about Mavin and Mommy Dearest at the end and still can't believe I have to wait a whole year before finding out what happens! 

Now to Discuss: 

Did you enjoy the book? What was your favorite part? Whose "team" were you on? Did you learn anything from this book? Want want to hear your review! Post questions/thoughts/feelings in the comments below!

April's Book Selection
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

From the Back Cover:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? 

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  1. I loved this book! I felt the same way as Jenn...a little Harry Potter a little Hunger Games. I was team Maven until "it" happened. Can't wait for the next read.
    Katie R.

    1. I know! Didn't it make you so mad?!? I can't wait to see how it plays out!

  2. Count me in for April! I've been wanting to read this book for a long time now.

    1. Yay Ramona! So glad you are going to join us. I have heard it's good!


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