Book Club

9780008157944We meet Tuesdays lunchtimes in the library.

We are currently reading the Siren. We are also being crafty and create posters for the library to advocate books and reading.

It is not too late to join so come along in term 2 for some reading fun.


Book Club favourite book!

9780008140878Demon Road

By Derek Landy, the author of the series Skulduggery Pleasant, which we also love.

We rated this book 5 out of 5!

Amber Lambert has never heard of the Demon Road. But when her parents try to kill her, her life changes forever. A maze of secrets, lies and mysteries uncover the real truth of her parents. Now on the run with Milo, her parents and their friends closely behind, she is forced to travel along the Demon Road and confront the devil himself.

Genre: Thriller, fantasy, adventure (and a little bit of humour too)

The best book of the year!



Book club review

In book club in term 3 we’ve read The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh, which we finished over the holidays.

For months, the King of Khorasan has killed his new wife every dawn. No one knows the reason, but when Shahrzad’s best friend falls victim to a silk cord around her throat, she volunteers to be the next wife to seek revenge.

She distracts the young King with stories and tales until each dawn breaks. Though after a few weeks living in luxury and curiosity, she begins to uncover the secret to the murders and finds herself falling for the young King.

But danger awaits everyone in the palace as the angered people of Khorasan organise to overthrow the King. Soon, Shahrzad is stuck between a long-ago lover and the King of Khorasan himself…


It was exciting and suspenseful. We liked that it was set in an exotic place, an Arabic country somewhere. And we liked the main characters. The end really makes you feel like reading the next book.

But we found this book difficult to follow because of the names of the characters, often impossible to pronounce.

Also, as the plot is obviously based on “The Thousand and One Night”, we might have expected more allusions to these richly woven and imbricate fables, yet only a couple of tales are told within the story.

We rated it …                      Wrath&Dawn rating

Book Club term 2 book

This year, MAC Book Club students are fans of Skulduggery Pleasant and the first term was happily spent creating a trailer for the series. Unfortunately, most of the footage went lost when a device died and the project aborted.

Term 2 has been enlightened by the reading of the Young Elites, by Marie Lu, which also features a strong adventurous female character in a hostile fantasy world.

Adelina is a malfetto scarred by blood fever many years ago. But when she is accused of her father’s murder and sentenced to death by Teren, the King’s inquisition leader, she is rescued by a mysterious Enzo, the Young Elites leader who seems even more dangerous than her jailers. Not knowing who to trust, Adelina must manipulate Teren in order to save her sister and the Young Elites.

It’s a story of family, love and loyalty and ultimately a rebellion against prejudice, a quest for justice and freedom. Full of surprising special powers and action, this fantasy thriller is also a suspenseful romance.

It is difficult to relate to the heroine as she holds as much good as evil. We rated the book 4 out of 5.

Join MACLIC Book Club

Calling all bookworms!

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Come to the library this week to register your interest in the College book club.  It will be at lunchtime and there may be different groups depending on students registering (junior/senior or boys/girls)…

What do we do during book club?

  • We read and talk about one chosen book per term.
  • We do speed booking,
  • We design library displays,
  • We create book trailers, book posters,
  • Whatever rocks your boat…

Want to know more? Ask the librarian.

MACLIC Book Club

Meeting Thursdays lunchtime in the library.

We love books, we love talking books… For the first meeting of the year, we have designed bookmarks while talking about our future projects:

  • Display design,
  • Choosing books for the library,
  • Book reviews on the blog and in Assembly,
  • And the famous “book club sleepover”…

Lots of fun ahead!

And we have talked about our favourite books and found one,  that we all feel like reading but did not read yet.

Not too late to join! Looking forward to meet you in the library next Thursday lunchtime!

MACLIC Book Club Sleepover

Our book club members decided to have a sleepover, which took place last Friday in the library.

Sleepover (clipart)We all brought our favourite book, our duvet and pillow, and some food to share.

After moving  armchairs and tables around to feel home, our first fun activity was to model our books: walking on the catwalk not to model our clothes but our favourite book. To warm up, we simply walked nicely showing our book but then it became a dance about the story, it was beautiful and hilarious.

After sharing a lot of nice food, the girls created a surprise for me. They worked hard and dug in the library office cupboards but I was not allowed to see, until I received an invitation to a Invitationplay: “The joining of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan”. Bella’s hair was elaborate and glittery, Edward was so elegant, Alice and Rosalie’s dresses were stunning, all the participants both excelled and enjoyed it. The play expressed all the emotions we experienced in reading the wedding in the book. Awesome!

Shall I reveal that after that, we went outside in the night, on the hill accross the road in pyjamas and ran and played very loudly? We even met a few students who definitely decided that book club girls ARE freaks indeed!

It was then time to cuddle up in our sleeping bags and we talked books for hours, as you would imagine.

Next morning after a frugal breakfast, we tidied all up -Thank you very much to the parents who helped too- and we promised to have another one!

Book sharing online

WEB 2.0 is about interacting with other users. Explore two great book sharing websites.

Library thingLibrarything is an online cataloguing tool. You can:

  • Catalogue your own library (up to 250 entries for free); Just type the title and retrieve the full record with good tags, first sentences, etc.
  • Check out who else likes the same books and what other books they like, great to choose your next read;
  • Get involved in a book discussion group

There is a very interesting Zeitgeist page which provides statistics showing the top books, top authors (Currently the top 10 are: J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, C. S. Lewis, William Shakespeare, Nora Roberts, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, surprising no!), most reviewed books, etc. Good reads

Good Reads is less detailed but more friendly. It allows you to share book recommendations with your friends, find books from great lists, keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read, or form a book club, answer book trivia, collect your favourite quotes…

Books and Internet are good friends!


MACLIC BOOK CLUB had to read it! We loved it and we discuss at length its popularity. Half of us has seen the film. Half not. 

What we liked in the book:

It is a fairy tale with a twist, realistic with very extraordinary things.
It is a love story, we are all in love with beautiful perfect loving Edward, not an evil vampire;
We liked the well described characters.
The writing is easy.
We like the different layers, some light stuff, some more complex issues;
Things that happens in the book has consequences.
It relates to us:

Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer
–        Plain/normal narrator – Bella
–        Divorced parents
–        Teenage feelings
–        Normal life/realistic

Why is it so popular?

The first publication in 2005 by a small American company had a cover with a pale girl in a blurred school corridor, and did not stand out then, although booksellers acknowledged Stephenie as the “most promising new authors of 2005” (Publishers Weekly).

However when Atom published it in 2006, with the apple in the hands on the cover, the second book was written and the next of the series were planned so it was launched as a series, and was a success. The film was planned and advertised (it came out in November 2008). When the third book was released on August 2, 2008, 1.3 million were sold in the first 24 hours of its release!

What makes it stand out from other vampire books? It is indeed an agreeable easy book, but there are many other great vampire stories. We would conclude that the success of the series has quite a lot to do with the launching…

If you want to know how the author go the idea of the plot and much more, visit Stephenie Meyer’s official website

We’re sure you’ve guessed which book it is!

PS. Here are suggestions of books to read after the series

MACLIC Book club recommends "The Recruit", first book of the CHERUB serie by Robert Muchamore

Put on the melody of “Mission impossible” in your head, and read on… We recommend this book to all medium level readers, who like adventure and spies stories.

What we really liked in “The Recruit”:
  • The hero does not know where he goes, nor what happens when CHERUB recruits him
  • The story could be real
  • It is quite deep
  • It is sometimes funny too
  • The illegal activities of the Mum are surprising

The down points of the book:

  • There was no strong climax
  • We are disturbed by the fact that the hero is not bad, not good, does he become good?
We should read the second book! We would like to find out:
  • What does Cherub stand for
  • The hero gets to use his computer skills, his maths abilities
  • What happened to his Mum, to him in the past

There could be a film or a video game made from the book.