My Book Club

I am in a book club. It’s all girls, and I started it back in elementary school. My second grade pen pal and I started it. It’s also with our moms. We are just a group of friends who read on the side, and chug bags of gummy bears.

A Normal Schedule:

A member and her mom pick out a book near the end of the last meeting. We read it, and about a month later, we get together.

(This time, it was Whirligig. Review coming soon)

6:30-7: everyone arrives

7:30-8:30ish: Book talk

8:30- 9 or 9:30: Hide out in the hostess’ basement or large bedroom (there’s six of us, and it’s hard to fit all of us on one couch or in a small room now.) We might eat a bag or two of gummy bears, overdo it on the cupcakes, watch cat videos, or find miniature ponies to adopt. Then we go home.

Or if it’s summer, we stay later.

So far, we have gone for a weekend excursion to a little town on the ocean, a family excursion to one of the girl’s ocean camp site. We have had multiple yard sales and meetings. We attempted a sleepover, but only two girls slept over, and one came in the morning.

(since each of us has our dorky side, we use excursion for whenever we go out together.)

We always seem to have so much fun. I love these girls, and they are great friends.

Some books we have read:

Mother Daughter Book Club, books 1-3

Enter If You Dare

Callie Be Gold

Whirligig

I am Malala (not the kids version, it was summer reading for us)

Family Tree, book 1

The Exceptionals

Three Times Lucky

The Magic Half

A Year Down Yonder

The One and Only Ivan

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

and so many more (I can’t remember them all)

Book Clubs are awesome, especially if you create your own.

I am so excited for our meeting on Wednesday, because we haven’t had a meeting in forever!

(If any of the members are reading this, remember the time we went to the restaurant, and tried to laugh louder than that lady, and the first time we made bed for our gummy bears out of Charleston Chews, waaaaay back in elementary school?)

Just wanted to share about these five amazing ladies and their moms!

(I’m the sixth)

~~Ally

Favorites: Books

I am a huge reader. Sadly, I haven’t been reading much, and when I am, it’s for school. But, I got a ton of books at the library, so hopefully, that will change.

Top 3 in no order. I like them all the same.

Out of My Mind By Sharon M. Draper

I love the book Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper. It’s on my favorite list. Shout out to my aunt for suggesting it to me over and over.

It’s about a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy, and some other complicated health conditions that the author doesn’t go into detail about. She can’t walk, talk, or move much of anything. She has spent 11 years of her life in a wheelchair. Everyone she knows, even doctors, think there is nothing going on up in her head. But, she has a photographic memory, and only she knows about it.

Melody is in the 5th grade, and this is the year when everything changes. She uses a board called a communication board connected to her wheel chair, until one day, she learns about this device called a Meditalker. It’s a machine that speaks the words she wants to say. Melody can finally be normal, and fit in. But will her inclusion classmates let her fit in?

Here’s a link to a greatly put together trailer for the book. It’s here.

*Disclaimer* I did not make the trailer, I am only pointing you in the direction of one that is nicely put together.

Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt

I read this book in school, and so many kids hated it. Me? I loved it! Shout out to my teacher for making me read this book. This is the only forced book that I read and still like.

This book is about Winnie Foster, a preteen who lives a prim and proper lifestyle, but dreams to be free. She meets the Tucks, a family who is immortal. Winnie has to help keep their secret, that they drank water from a spring that made them live forever.

Winnie has a choice to become one of the Tucks, living forever, and traveling with the wind, and escape her prim and proper life, or to be mortal. She also meets Jesse Tuck. He wants her to drink the water when they are the same age, seventeen, and live forever with him, so they can travel the world together.

I love this book so much! The ending really made me love it because…. I don’t want to spoil. This book totally made me get a new look on life. This quote made me fall even more in love with the story: “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Just the ending………… Agh!!!

The Tuck Everlasting movie though. Disney changed Winnie’s age, and basically the entire point of the movie. They made it more romantic, and more about Jesse and Winnie, even though the book was more about Winnie and the Tucks.

Find a fanmade movie trailer here. This trailer is better than the real one.

Find a fanmade book trailer here.

*Disclaimer* I did not make the trailers, I am only pointing you in the direction of ones that are nicely put together.

Torn Away By Jennifer Brown

To start, Jennifer Brown is one of the most powerful writers ever. She writes Young Adult novels on school shootings, tornadoes tearing lives apart, abusive relationships, and other serious topics. I read Hate List for summer reading as my choice book (the book about the school shooting. The book is told through the eyes of the shooter’s girlfriend).

For a project, I read Torn Away. It’s about a girl named Jersey who hates her family. Her sister is annoying, her mom is too strict, and her step dad isn’t the best one out there. When a tornado destroys Jersey’s house, and kills half of her family, she has to live with her step dad until he rejects her, and leaves her out for relatives she didn’t even know existed. All Jersey wants is her old life back, the life she had before the tornado.

I took away such a very important message from this book. What I learned was that I should tell my family I love them. You never know when their last day is, or when yours is. Unlike other books that I read that were so life changing but had a terrible ending (cough cough The Tyrant’s Daughter cough cough cough) this amazing story had a really good ending that you couldn’t predict, and wasn’t cliché, but you were so happy it ended the way it did. I don’t even know if that is possible. Jennifer Brown, you are an amazing writer that I want to learn from. I was so caught up in the emotions of this book that I couldn’t predict what was going to happen next.

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I did a horrible job explaining these books, but they are the best books ever, okay? I never finish reading anything I don’t like. I don’t even pick up anything I don’t seem interested in reading. There isn’t a book trailer for Torn Away, sadly.

One thing I realized from this post is that Jennifer Brown is my favorite author, and I really want to learn more about writing from her. If you need a book for summer reading, or a school project, definitely pick up a book from her. I don’t recommend her books to anyone under 12, and maybe some 13 year olds. You have to be very mature to read her books,  because of some language, and the entire idea of the books, like school shootings.

Okay. That was too long.

~Ally