New York Times Best-Selling Author John Green has written many books. These include Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns. He has also collaborated with other wonderful YA authors such as Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle with Let It Snow and with David Levithan with Will Grayson, Will Grayson. We suggest you check them all out.
The blurbing book club is a simple affair. All you need to do in order to take part is, read the book, discuss it in our monthly discussion threads and then blurb it. Blurbs are a way of describing the book in 10 words or less. The point of this book club is to have fun and talk books! Please join us!
Previously, the Blurbing Book Club was managed by Hank and John Green and discussed via their YouTube channel. Since their lives have become increasingly busy, they've had less and less time to arrange such things. Therefore the role of Books Ningmaster was created. Previously, it was Tenley Nadine, who chose the books and organised discussions and so forth. It has since passed to Clover.
The current blurbing book club book is:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been under way for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
And coming soon...
February 2011: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The previous Blurbing Book Club Books:
1) 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson-When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heart breaking novel.
2) Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut- Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. Don't let the ease of reading fool you--Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One ofthe main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters... "Slaughterhouse-Five (taken from the name of the building where the POWs were held) is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy--and humor.
3) Paper Towns by John Green- Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets,the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.
4) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life,just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins:
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like,and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages a piece if I told anything pretty personal about them."
His constant wry observations about what he encounters,from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.
John discusses part 1 of the book.
John discusses Part 2 of the book.
5) Going Postal by Terry Pratchett- "Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses - until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trap door,and falling into...a government job?" "By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a non-living one, Moist accepts the position - and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it, just in case Moist was considering abandoning his responsibilities prematurely." "Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, money-hungry Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical head, Mr. Reacher Gilt." But it says on the building Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor Glo m of Nit...Inspiring words (admittedly, some of the bronze letters have been stolen), and for once in his wretched life Moist is going to fight. And if the bold and impossible are what's called for, he'll do it -in order to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every human being (not to mention troll, dwarf, and, yes, even golem) requires: hope.
6. One of Those Hideous Books WheretheMother Dies by Sonya Sones
7. The Hunger
GamesbySuzanneCollins - Could you survive
on your own, in the wild, witheveryone out to make sure you don't
live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies
thenationof Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve
outlyingdistricts.The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the
districts inline byforcing them all to send one boy and one girl
between theages oftwelve and eighteen to participate in the annual
HungerGames, a fightto the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with
hermotherand younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when
shestepsforward to take her sister's place in the Games. But
Katnisshas beenclose to dead before—and survival, for her, is
secondnature. Withoutreally meaning to, she becomes a contender.
But ifshe is to win, shewill have to start making choices that will
weighsurvival againsthumanity and life against love.
Winning Blurb: "In a game of kill or be killed...whoreallywins?" by Heidi Thomas
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Nestby Ken Kesey -
Winning Blurb: "But it's the truth even if it didn'thappen."byYodi Mutty
9. Let it Snow by
JohnGreen,MaureenJohnson and Lauren Myracle - Sparkling
whitesnowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and
multicoloredlights glittering in the night through the falling
snow. AChristmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a
romantichaven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After
all, acold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle
ofnowhere wouldnot normally end with a delicious kiss from a
charmingstranger. And noone would think that a trip to the Waffle
Housethrough four feet of snow would lead to love with an old
friend. Orthat the way back totrue love begins with a painfully
early morningshift at Starbucks.Thanks to three of today's
bestselling teenauthors John Green, MaureenJohnson, and Lauren
Myracle the magic ofthe holidays shines on thesehilarious and
charming interconnectedtales of love, romance, and breathtaking
Winning Blurb: "Stupid snow! Thank God for the Waffle House andStarbucks." by Maya Jones
10. Speak by Laurie Halse
Anderson- Sincethe beginning of the school year, high
schoolfreshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and
harderfor her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my
lipsraw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher,
Isputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of
spasticlaryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall
mute?Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking
toher because she called the cops and got everyone busted at
theseniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because
herparents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written
ontheir way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs.
WhileMelinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the
realreason why she's been struck mute...
Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and
sympathetictribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant ending,
in whichMelinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many
readersmight also shed a tear or two). After reading
Speak,itwill be hard for any teen to look at the class
scapegoat againwithout a measure of compassion and understanding
for thatperson--who may be screaming beneath the
Winning Blurb: "The worst secrets hide in silence."bysenoritakeala
11. Leviathan by ScottWesterfeld
Winning Blurb: "On the brink of war, can enemies unite tosurvive?" by Clumsy Flier
12. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
byJohnGreen and David Levithan - Onecold night, in
a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both namedWill
Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide
andintertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new
andunexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart
and theepic production of history’s most fabulous high school
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and DavidLevithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double
helping of theheart and humor that have won both them legions of
Regular blurb: "Serving Size: One Will Grayson.ServingsperContainer: Two." by ProudR/HrShipper
Lolcat blurb: "I'm in ur pr0n store, stealing ur name"byJordanSeverns
13. The Forest of Hands and Teeth
byCarrie Ryan - In Mary's world
there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village;
thefence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and
But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning
thingsshe never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its
secrets, and theGuardians and their power, and about the
Unconsecrated and theirrelentlessness. When the fence is breached
and her world is thrown intochaos, she must choose between her
village and her future-between theone she loves and the one who
And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and
Teeth.Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much
Regular blurb: "One girls dream could lead to theundeathofeveryone she knows." by Nick
Lol-cat blurb: "I can haz oshun...and travis? justone?denoshun." by Ellen Bertels
- CurtisSittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an
insightful, achingly funnycoming-of-age story as well as a
brilliant dissection of class, race,and gender in a hothouse of
adolescent angst and ambition.
LeeFiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her
fatherdrops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault
School inMassachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate
family in SouthBend, Indiana, at least in part because of the
boarding school’s glossybrochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in
front of old brickbuildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on
pristinely mownathletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in
As Leesoon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive
teenagerswho spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own
clever shorthand.Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates,
Lee becomes a shrewdobserver of–and, ultimately, a participant
in–their rituals and mores.As a scholarship student, she constantly
feels like an outsider and isboth drawn to and repelled by other
loners. By the time she’s a senior,Lee has created a hard-won place
for herself at Ault. But when herbehavior takes a self-destructive
and highly public turn, her carefullycrafted identity within the
community is shattered.
Ultimately,Lee’s experiences–complicated relationships with
teachers; intensefriendships with other girls; an all-consuming
preoccupation with aclassmate who is less than a boyfriend and more
than a crush; conflictswith her parents, from whom Lee feels
increasingly distant, coalesceinto a singular portrait of the
painful and thrilling adolescenceuniversal to us
Winning blurb: "Odd girl has odd interactions withthepeoplearound her" by Janet Stewart
- Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns...
Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs
andrazor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a
hundred andfifty years.
Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories
aboutkiller unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks
herboyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to
theprom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn
hunterat the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for
However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside,
theunicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other,
unexpectedthreats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that
vibrate with aterrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow
hunters to—perhapsmost dangerously of all—her growing attraction to
a handsome artstudent ... an attraction that could jeopardize
Winning blurb: "Forget everything you ever thought youknewaboutunicorns" by Kat Hicks
16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
(September 2010) - My name
is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her
homehas been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe.
Peetahas been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does
exist. Thereare rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in thecruel
and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has
longbeen part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has
comeout of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol.
Everyone,it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans --
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to bea
pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change
thecourse of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside
herfeelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels'
Mockingjay-- no matter what the personal cost.
Winning blurb: The Games are finally over. Real or notreal?-Jennnn
LOLcat blurb: CAN 1 HAZ FR33DOM? PRBLY NOT... - Alexthemanbehind blue eyes
17. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman(October2010)
- Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would
be completelynormal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised
by ghosts, with aguardian who belongs to neither the world of the
living nor of thedead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a
boy - an ancientIndigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of
ghouls, the strange andterrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the
graveyard, he will be in dangerfrom the man Jack - who has already
killed Bod's family.
Master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new
novelabout life and death, love and growing up, and finding family
in themost unlikely places.
18. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver(November2010)
- What if you had only one day to live? What would you
do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own
Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the
perfectboyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day
in hercharmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha
still wakesup the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day
of her lifeseven times, until she realizes that by making even the
slightestchanges, she may hold more power than she had ever
19. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens(December2010) - EbenezerScrooge is a heartless old miser who
hates everything, especiallyChristmas. Then one mysterious
Christmas eve, Scrooge is visited bythree spirits who take him on a
fantastic journey and teach him thetrue meaning of the
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