YA Book Club: November 2015

Last night was book club night! I love book club. Don’t you?

The Book
Annie picked the book this month. She read the physical book from the library, while Sarah and I listened to the audiobook on Audible (separately this month).

The Program by Suzanne Young

The Venue
We ate at Baker’s Square this month. It’s a Midwest chain diner, similar to Perkins. I’ve only been there a couple of times…for book club. The first time I walked in it took me back to my college days because it smelled exactly like an Eat’n Park, which is a PA/OH/WV diner chain. Instead of smiley face cookies that Eat N Park has, Baker’s Square sells pie.

AND on Wednesday nights, you get a slice of pie free with every entree. Since pie is a symbol of Thanksgiving, in my family at least, I selected Baker’s Square for this month’s meeting location.

I usually get chicken pot pie, but this time I branched out and got turkey pot pie. It tasted about the same. I also ordered fries because they looked so good. They were OK.

Annie and Sarah had breakfast. Sarah had these amazing pumpkin spice pancakes. She let me try a bite, and they were delicious!

Then of course we got our pie. Apple for me, triple berry for Sarah, and French Silk for Annie to take home and share with Ben. Or maybe for Ben to eat all by himself. Annie, please comment and correct me on this one. šŸ™‚

The Book Discussion
As you know from my review, this book didn’t really work for me. A lot of it may have been the narrator. She made Sloane sound very melodramatic. Annie read the book in only a couple of days when she was sick, and she loved it because it held her attention much better than TV. Sarah really enjoyed it because she loves any book with a rebellion against society. I wanted to like it for that very reason, but it just wasn’t enough revolution for me. I also wanted more than a love story, but Sarah was down with the romance. We all thought it was cool how they retained their feelings even without the memories.

Annie – 5 stars
Sarah – 4 stars
Me – 3 stars

Annie read some comments on Goodreads about the flippant treatment of depression in the books before she read the sequel, so she didn’t like that book as much. And neither did I as you know from my review of The Treatment. We talked in code about the ending of the sequel, so we wouldn’t spoil it for Sarah.

The Non-Book Discussion
As usual, we talked about a lot more than the book. Some highlights:

– Thanksgiving plans
– My trip to FL for work last week
– Christmas gifts and shopping – Annie is almost done already!
The Hunger Games since the new movie is coming out
– Funerals and tears šŸ™
– Cat antics
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – it is really changing Sarah’s life

Did you read the book along with us this month?

Do you want to join us next month?

We’ll be reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey for our next meeting on Wednesday, December 9th.

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    1. You should start your own book club. As our group shows, you don't need a lot of people.

      Yes, it was fun that we all rated the book differently this month. I'm happy it wasn't a dud for all three of us.

      The pancakes were so good! I need to find a recipe and make some sometime. I love pumpkin stuff so much! šŸ™‚

  1. Grace, (This is Sarah from Kate's book club) Definitely start a book club! The smaller the better in my experience, as the only one I've stuck with was this one of 3 lovely ladies. New Year's Resolution perhaps? It's wonderful…and it's not really about the books..haha(even though we say it is, it's really about our friendship…and a little bit about books). and yes those pancakes ROCKED MY WORLD. šŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for the comment, Sarah. You and Annie definitely make the book club for me! So much more important than the books is the special time we spend together and the depth of our relationships since starting our club. šŸ™‚

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