OUR NEXT READ FOR BOC CHI UNI BOOK GROUP IN NOVEMBER is, Noggin by John Cory Whaley.

OUR NEXT READ FOR BOC  IN NOVEMBER, chosen from our wish list  (DATE AND ROOM TO BE CONFIRMED) IS:

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

NOGGIN

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.

Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

John Corey Whaley-Who is this guy?

JOHN ‘COREY’ WHALEY grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories.  He has a BA in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an MA in Secondary English Education.

He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zombies…).

He taught public school for five years and spent much of that time daydreaming about being a full-time writer…and dodging his students’ crafty projectiles.

He is terrible at most sports, but is an occasional kayaker and bongo player.  He is obsessed with movies, music, and traveling to new places.

He is an incredibly picky eater and has never been punched in the face, though he has come quite close.  One time, when he was a kid, he had a curse put on him by a strange woman in the arcade section of a Wal-Mart.

His favorite word is defenestration.  

His favorite color is green.

His favorite smell is books.

He currently lives in Southern California.

Here’s what people are saying about NOGGIN:

*“Travis Coates has lost his head—literally…. [A] wonderfully original, character-driven second novel. Whaley has written a tour de force of imagination and empathy, creating a boy for whom past, present, and future come together in an implied invitation to readers to wonder about the very nature of being. A sui generis novel of ideas, Noggin demands much of its readers, but it offers them equally rich rewards.”
-Booklist, November 2013, *STARRED REVIEW

*”Like baseball great Ted Williams, Travis Coates has his head surgically removed and cryogenically frozen after he dies (of leukemia at age 16). Unlike Williams, Travis is a fictional character, and five years after his death, technological advances allow doctors to attach his head to a donor body that’s taller and more muscular than the original. Whaley’s second novel (following his Printz-winning Where Things Come Back) is far more concerned with matters of the heart than with how head reattachment surgery would work. Travis awakens to restart where he left off—sophomore year—but everyone he knew has moved on. Best friend Kyle is struggling through college; former girlfriend Cate is engaged to someone else. As only the second cryogenics patient successfully revived, Travis is in uncharted territory; he’s “over” high school, but not ready to be anywhere else. Travis’s comic determination to turn back the hands of time and win Cate’s love is poignant and heartbreaking. His status in limbo will resonate with teens who feel the same frustration at being treated like kids and told to act like adults.”

Publishers Weekly, January 2014, *STARRED REVIEW

“The madcap story of a boy who loses his head and finds it again. . . . Readers will recognize the Printz winner’s trademark lovable characterizations. . . . They’ll also recognize the poignantly rendered reflections on life, love, death and everything in between. . . . Whaley’s signature cadence and mad storytelling skillz are worth every page. A satisfyingly oddball Frankenstein-like tale of connectivity.”

Kirkus Reviews, February 2014

“Whaley’s sweet and raunchy first-person narrative provides a thought-provoking look at the notions of self-awareness, the nature of identity, and the angst of a very special teen. The lively, conversational style will engage teen readers in search of an unusual, but relatable, character. At times hilarious and heart-wrenching, Noggin, with its eye-catching cover art, belongs in all library collections serving young adults.”

VOYA, February 2014

 

 

 

This must be the place by Maggie O’Farrell

The BRC book group choice for June has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and is on the Richard and Judy Summer 2017 list.

A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet?

Her husband Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw twenty years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off-course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home?

BRC group meets on Wednesday 14th June in St Michael’s F3.  Remember to book your place by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk or if you cannot attend the meeting please leave a comment here.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

flawed pic

The BRC book group will be discussing Cecelia Ahern’s young adult dystopian novel, Flawed.  Ahern is best known for the very successful book and film, P.S. I love you, but this is her first book for young adults.

Flawed is set in a society where perfection is valued above humanity. Good-girl Celestine has always agreed with the system, but following an act of kindness towards one of the “Flawed” is herself excluded and soon she is fighting for her own survival. We will be meeting on Wednesday 8th March from 12-1pm in St Michael’s F3.  Looking forward to hearing what you all think, but if you can’t make the meeting then please let us know what you think of the book.

Book Group Author Talk

We were very privileged to have Graham Minett, local author and former MA Creative Writing student from the University of Chichester speak at our book group on 25th January.  Graham gave us a fascinating insight into his journey from part-time pleasure writer to published author.  He brought his characters to life as he spoke about how he created them and he read an extract from The Hidden Legacy.  I love to hear books read aloud! Most of the group were true fans and had read both of his books.  We are eagerly awaiting the next one to be published later this year.

If you have read his books then please remember to leave a review on Amazon now that you know what a difference it makes!

Hidden Legacy and Lie in Wait

Graham was pleasant, interesting and entertaining and we were all very sorry when our book group hour was finished!

For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting, we recorded the session.  Please follow the link below to view the recording.

Graham Minett at ChiUniBookGroup 25/01/17

 

Best book of 2015/16

The voa song for Issy Bradleytes are in!  Combining the votes from BOC and BRC book groups, our top three overall (and for BRC) were:

  1. A song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  2. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  3. The ice twins by S.K. Tremayne

However, the top three choices for BOC were:

  1. Quality of silence by Rosamund Lupton
  2. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. A god in ruins by Kate Atkinson

 

Looking forward to another year of great choices.  Thanks everyone!

 

VOTE for your favourite book this semester!

VOTE for your favourite book this semester!

Which book did you enjoy the best this semester at Book Group?

Here’s a reminder of the contenders:

the contendors

  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A God in Ruins by kate Atkinson
  • A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  • The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

 

Number 1 (most favourite) with 3 points

Number 2 (next favourite) with 2 points

Number 3 (3rd favourite) with 1 point

And then the one with the most points will win.

my favourite book

 

Will each campus choose the same book????

Our favourite book will be announced soon.

 

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Rosamund Lupton discusses ‘The Quality of Silence’ on BBC Breakfast.

The next book we are discussing at our staff book group on Wednesday June 8th is: ‘The Quality of Silence’ by Rosamund Lupton. I found a great link to about it on YouTube – well worth a listen.

 

https://chiunibookgroup.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/rosamund-lupton-discusses-the-quality-of-silence-on-bbc-breakfast/

Any comments?