The Selection by Kiera Cass is a chance of a lifetime for thirty-five girls. It’s an opportunity for them to escape the life they’ve lived since birth, to live in a palace, and to compete for the heart of a Prince. The America Singer, however, sees it as a nightmare. It means abandoning her secret love with Aspen, who unfortunately is a caste below her.
Should I share my ice cream? This is the elephant’s dilemma, and he has to make a choice. Piggie is his best friend, and he really likes her. But, what about that ice cream? Should he gobble it up or share it with her?
In October, Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed Speak of the Devil by Richard Hawke. Fritz Malone is a New York City P.I. who ends up in the middle of a plot to terrorize the city. There are so many characters, you’re never sure who to trust and who’s behind it all. The story does resolve the conspiracy (the main mystery), but leaves a ton of unanswered questions.
Want to read a good book? I Beat the Odds, by Michael Oher, is one of the best books I have ever read! Michael's story was first depicted in the book and movie, The Blind Side. He went from being homeless to graduating from college, and on to playing professional football with the Baltimore Ravens. The Blind Side depicts Michael's life, from mid high school through being selected by the Ravens.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, and it is a futuristic Cinderella story. Cinder is a cyborg, adopted by a scientist who died of the blue fever (a disease ravaging the nation) soon after bringing her to his family in New Beijing. Left to the mercy of her new mother and sisters, Cinder is treated poorly because she is cyborg...but also being blamed for her adopted father’s death.
Mmmm...BRAINS! Seems like zombies are all the rage these days, right? I mean, every other person I see has oozing bloody wounds and is shambling along the sidewalk. Of course that could have something to do with Halloween being two days away, but I feel I can safely say that the walking dead are here to stay (ha ha, Walking Dead, ha, pun intended). And nowhere are they more popular than in the zombie fiction that's spreading like a virus at libraries, book stores, and online.
There has been a lot of debate in recent years over whether or not kids should be vaccinated. Many parents today are opting out because of a fear over increased risk for conditions like autism. Whether people choose to vaccinate or not, there does appear to be mass amnesia over the times before these drugs were available. This is amazing considering the fact that diseases like polio were still terrifying the country just over fifty years ago.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave is a story about a young Nigerian refugee and an English woman whose lives collide one fateful day. There is a horrible choice that one of these women has to make, which left me asking myself, "Could I have done the same thing?" The two characters are very different and come from different backgrounds, but they have a special relationship and learn to respect and appreciate each other.