We were supposed to have our first family book club meeting last week...but well, last week turned out to just be way too busy. (Lucky for our reluctant reader, as he hadn't finished his book yet.) So, tonight was the night. We headed out to Great Northern Pizza Kitchen. And while I brought the computer to tape a vlog of our interviews, I, uh, well, I couldn't remember how to work the video. So, Rich and I took turns trying to type our conversation. Frankly, written out like this, it seems pretty darn boring. So seriously, feel free to skip it. At the bottom is a horrendously embarrassing vlog of us, which we made when we got home and I had relearned how to do it. It announces our picks for next months family book club (and lets the world see what a total idiot I married ;) and how idiotically I tend to giggle and how red my face gets when I'm nervous). Again, feel free to skip it. In fact, I highly encourage skipping it.
Rich chose Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling for Gray.
Rich: Who was your favorite character?
Rich: What did you like about him?
Gray: He's funny. And he did something illegal.
Rich: What about what he did to Dudley?
Gray: You mean putting the pig tail on him? Yeah, that was funny. But I liked that he had a dragon.
Rich: Was there anything scary in the book?
Rich: Not even the face on the back of the head?
Gray: No. That was funny.
Rich: Did you like when Ron had to play wizard chess?
Gray: Yes, because Ron blew up.
Rich: Would you like to read any more of the Harry Potter books?
Gray: I don't want to read anything. (Gray is in a very crabby mood this evening.)
Gray chose Space Chimps: Mission to Malgor for Max.
Gray: Was your favorite character Ham III?
Max: Because he went flying on the treadmill. I want to have a treadmill so I can go flying.
Gray: I want to go flying, too. Who was your least favorite character?
Annie: Why? Because she's a girl?
Max: No. Because she's not as funny as the other ones.
Debi: Is she the smart one?
Gray: Yes. My favorite character is Ham III, because he's the funniest. Did you like the book, Max?
Max: *shakes head yes*
Gray: Then how come you never wanted to read it?
Max: Because I always wanted to do other things.
Max chose The Warriors Graystripe's Adventure series of graphic novels by Erin Hunter.
Max: Who was your favorite character?
Annie: I liked Millie because she was really practical, and she took care of Graystripe when he was hurt. Plus she could really stick up for herself in a fight.
Max: Which of the three books was your favorite?
Annie: I liked the second, Warrior's Refuge, the best. It had the most interesting plot line, and it really kept me reading.
Debi: Do the graphic novels mirror the novels?
Annie: No, they tell different stories.
Max: Who was your favorite leader?
Annie: Well, they weren't really mentioned until the end.
Max: What was your favorite part of the series?
Annie: In the second book, when Millie and Graystripe taught the humans and the dogs to coexist with the barn cats.
Max: Did you like the books?
Annie: Yes, I really did enjoy them, Max.
Annie chose Dramacon Ultimate Edition by Svetlana Chmakova for Debi.
Annie: Did you enjoy these books?
Debi: Actually I enjoyed them quite a lot. It surprised me how much I liked them.
Annie: So you didn't think you were going to like them much?
Debi: No, I just didn't think I would like them as much as I did...romance just isn't my thing, you know.
Annie: Who was your favorite character?
Debi: Probably Cristi. I also liked Beth.
Annie: Why did you like Christi?
Debi: She was sweet...a little naive...talented...genuinely a nice person. What did you like about her Annie?
Annie: That's pretty much why I liked her, too. Why did you like Beth?
Debi: She reminded me a little bit of me, except I'm not talented like her...she was super talented. But she tended to put other people's needs in front of her own. She was a people pleaser. Actually, I think that came out wrong...that's not so much why I liked her, but more about how much I related to her. And it made me all the more happy for the way her story turned out.
Annie: Did you like Emily?
Annie: Was there anyone's personality that you didn't like?
Debi: Derek. Not much to like about a rapist.
Annie: Which of the three books was your favorite?
Debi: I'm not sure which of the books...but the story line with Beth and her Mom was one of my favorite parts of all.
Annie: What did you think of the scene with the scene with the confrontation between the kid and Lida?
Debi: I found that pretty interesting...I don't know how to say this...that kind of snobbery when it comes to books drives me crazy. He made it even worse by turning it into this racist thing.
Debi chose The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness for Rich.
Debi: Okay, one word.
Debi: Yep. That's the perfect word. Are you glad I chose this for you?
Rich: Yeah, I enjoyed it. Definitely different than any book I've ever read. And it kept me awake for the read-a-thon.
Debi: Will you be reading the sequels?
Rich: Yeah, I think so. It's the kind of book that makes you want to go out and buy the sequel on the first day it comes out.
Gray: Did you have a favorite character?
Rich: Ben. And Manchee. He was such a good dog.
Debi: He reminded me so much of Bake. Well, the way Bake is with you anyway. So how many times were you surprised, or caught off guard, during this book?
Rich: Too many times to count.
Debi: Aside from "the" scene that rips your heart out, were there any others that really, really stand out? That are vividly etched in your mind?
Rich: Yeah, the end. And the one with Todd and the Spackle.
Debi: What about the noise?
Rich: That whole concept is just crazy, you know. Kind of bizarre. Like your worst nightmare, having your thoughts being transmitted.
Debi: To me, the thought of having to listening to everyone else's thoughts was far worse than having anyone be able to read mine. Just all that noise...I seriously was almost sick just reading about it.
Rich: Yeah, it reminded me of Musicophilia. There are people who hear loud music in their head ALL the time.
Debi: So, are you going to trust me if I should get your name again?
Rich: Sure. You didn't lead me astray this time. I loved the book you picked for me.
(Sorry, the video is cut off again, you actually can see poor Annie if you click and watch it on youtube instead.)
--Gray got Max again, and is giving him: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
--Debi got Annie, and is giving her: Looking for Alaska by John Green.
--Rich got Gray again, and is giving him: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling.
--Annie got Debi again, and is giving her: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
--Max got Rich, and is giving him: Space Chimps: Mission to Malgor.