So, embarassingly, we did decide on December's book a good week ago, we just forgot to tell everyone else... |:(
Ahem. December's book is:
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
If you are in the US (and possibly other places, I don't know) you may know this as The Golden Compass, which is also what the movie based on it was called. It is the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy.
When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.
Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights...
I think a lot of us have read this already, so I'll open the thread up now. If you haven't read it before, feel free to do so and then join in on the discussion whenever you're ready :)
I loved Enid Blyton's Famous Five books when I was a kid. They were awesome!!! :) I'll have to start reading them now if I want to discuss my thoughts with you.
Argh! We did it again - we chose a book a week ago and forgot to tell everyone! X:-/ Being on holidays has fried my brain, sorry guys!
Anyway, without further delay, [strike]February's[/strike] March's book is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die.
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever...
sorry |:( we're a little late with Aprils, but this month, instead of having just one specific book we have free choice Roald Dahl books. It was too tricky to pick just one book of his to read/discuss - so pick your favourite and happy reading! :D
Roald Dahl was a great writer!
Just to let you know, a sequel to Dracula is soon to hit the bookshelves!
It's written by a man who is actually a decendant of Bram Stoker himself!
Interesting choice of books for May and June. I'll add them to my reading list. :D
July's book is Mort by Terry Pratchett
In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse -- especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory. As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.
It's actually the fourth Discworld book that was written, but all the Obernetters I spoke to today agree with me that it's a good place to start. It's the first Death book (Discworld is a series of more than 30 books all set in one world, the Discworld, but they're not all related. There are mini-series that run through them, like the Death books, and there are some stand alone books. Even the books in the series don't really follow on, they just have some of the same characters, but each story stands alone)
August's book is Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
All the orphan Daine wants when she comes to Tortall is a job. What she finds is magic in many forms. Hired by the Queen's Riders because of her knack with animals, Daine soon learns that her knack is truly magical. Not only do animals obey her, but they understand her words. Under the tutelage of the great mage Numair, Daine struggles to focus her powers and confront her nightmares of her past. And so her wild magic grows even stronger. She now can sense the presence of immortals, evil creatures who threaten the future of Tortall. But Daine will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers and her past - and protect the kingdom from immortal invasion.
YAY! I love this book. I shall now join bookclub! ;D
That's my favourite book!! But I am still on Mort :(
YAY! AAugust 1st! Let the reading begin!
I like wild mage :)
but i like protector of the small better ^^ daine's character is rather annoying at first ><
Can I suggest that for September's book maybe we do Tomorrow When the War Began since the movie comes out next month?