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For November, our theme is Villain/Antagonist-Centered Books. We ended up selecting 2 books in that theme that happen to be adult rather than YA, just FYI. As always, you never have to read both.
If you come to this meeting, please think of a few books to suggest for December, when our theme will be YA Holiday books. We will also be having our holiday party during book club in December, so be sure to look for that info.
Here are the two books we've selected for November. I hope to see lots of you there!
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
You by Caroline Kepnes
When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age.
In December, we'll be having a mix of regular book club, plus our holiday party. Our theme for books is YA Holiday Books. We will select the book during our November meeting, so I'll post that here once we have selected it.
For our holiday party, we'll be doing a fun gift exchange! (You are not required to participate.) Bring a book that you read this year (or in the past couple of years) that you loved, that we did NOT read in book club. It does not have to be YA. If you're not sure if we read it, you can look through our past meetings, or you could send me a message. Wrap the book and on the outside, make it into a "Blind Date with a Book" where you list just a few things, like genre, date published, and maybe a bit of hints at the plot. For example, for The Hunger Games, I would write something like "YA Dystopian, strong female main character, competition, published in 2008."
I hope to see lots of you there!