No Sit Book Club – March 2022

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Starting in May (2022) we are taking the No Sit Book Club OUTSIDE! We will meet up at the library’s Information Desk and then take a walk in the park that’s adjacent to the library while we talk about whatever books we’ve been reading. You can read whatever books you like and share your thoughts about them (not restricted to audiobooks). If the weather refuses to cooperate, we’ll have our discussion inside in one of the program rooms. More information coming soon – watch for our May/June newsletter or check the library’s online events calendar.

Back to March… I finished up several more books in the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (I wrote about the first book in the series in February 2022) – The Copper Gauntlet, The Bronze Key, and The Silver Mask. One more to go! (The Golden Tower) I don’t want to spoil what happens later on in the series, so I won’t say much about it. I am enjoying it, but am irritated by the characters sometimes. My cryptic synopsis so far is that maybe some things are better left dead, and a lot of people’s problems would be solved by just communicating better with one another. #lifelessons (tween, grades 5-8, fantasy)

The Farm, by Joanne Ramos – This fictional story follows the experiences of several women who have agreed to be compensated for carrying other women’s babies to term. They spend the duration of their pregnancies (9 months or so) out at a secluded, but very posh facility nicknamed “The Farm,” where they can be monitored to ensure that they do everything to ensure a healthy pregancy and birth. It seems like a good idea that potentially would benefit everyone involved, but there are all kinds of problems. Some of the pregnant women receive special privileges, some aren’t allowed to see anyone from the outside. One woman has a baby of her own, but has to leave her in the care of an elderly relative whose own health is in question. And the legalities around being a vessel for someone else’s child are very complicated! I’m not quite sure how to classify it as it seems like it’s something that is probably likely to be taking place already (so, realistic?), but also sort of dystopian (the women have very little agency once they commit to The Farm). (written for adults, but older teens may enjoy, realistic/dystopian/future?)

The Thunderhead, by Neil Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe bk. #2) – I wrote about the first book in this series (Scythe) back in January 2022, and I am thrilled to report that it continues to be amazing. I read the trilogy several years ago, but am listening to the books again, now, and not only do I still love it, but there are so many details and plot elements that I had completely forgotten, so it is simultaneously familiar and brand new to me. Do you re-read favorites over and over again? I used to when I was a kid, but now I rarely have time – this has been a real treat. If you have read these in print, I recommend trying the audio editions (the production is very good). (older teen, science fiction/dystopian)

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez – Julia doesn’t feel like she fits in with her family and after her older sister Olga is killed in a tragic accident things get even worse. She and her mom fight all the time and Julia is overwhelmed by depression and anxiety. She wants to have a different life from the one her mother envisions – to be a writer, to live in New York, to see the world. She’s not sure, though, if she’s going to be able to make it through the last bit of high school. This was a tough listen/read for me, but ultimately very rewarding. Julia creates SO MANY of her her own problems (almost every time she opens her mouth), but I gradually came around to appreciating her despite her prickly nature. There’s an intriguing mystery surrounding the death of her sister, too. Olga was not the person her family believed her to be. Sound interesting? Read more here. (older teen, realistic)

What have you been reading/listening to this month? Submit your books and activities here: No Sit Book Club