FDBC steals “The Book Thief”

In this episode, we talk about Liesel Meminger, aka the book thief, and how she discovers that books and words help her to find a way to cope through the brutal Nazi Germany. We also have a little bit of a different discussion, in that we talk about our favorite quotes, excerpts that we felt had great significance, and our favorite characters.


Up next: “Flygirl” by Sherri L. Smith

FDBC sails with “The Girl From Everywhere”

We are back! After a longer than expected hiatus through the holidays and new year, we’re happy to return and discuss our latest read, “The Girl From Everywhere” by Heidi Heilig. A story that manages to blend fantasy and historical fiction, we talked about our favorite characters, moments, and to whom we would recommend this unique book.


Up next: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

FDBC looks within “Uglies”

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” applies very literally to Scott Westerfield’s futuristic novel, “Uglies”. It has surprising depth, which led to a pretty interesting book club conversation about beauty, friendship, and even Darwinism.


Up next: “The Girl from Everywhere” by Heidi Heilig

FDBC talks to Kristin Levine, author of “Lions of Little Rock”

In this very special edition of FDBC, we had the chance to chat with “Lions of Little Rock” author Kristin Levine. It was an absolute joy to speak with her. She shared with us details of her writing process, what inspired her to write Lions, her next project which will be published in 2018, and recommended some great books and authors for us to read.


Up next: “Uglies” by Scott Westerfield

FDBC reviews “Everything, Everything”

For the latest  gathering of FDBC, we discussed Nicola Yoon’s “Everything, Everything”. We talked about what it would be like to grow up in a bubble, our favorite parts of the book, and what we would change about the book.


Up next: “Uglies” by Scott Westerfield

FDBC attempts “Pride and Prejudice”

After our success with “The Alchemist”, we opted to take it up even further with Jane Austen’s classic, “Pride and Prejudice”. Although this novel proved more difficult, we still had a good time discussing what we could and breaking down what worked and didn’t work for us.


Up next: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

FDBC considers “The Alchemist”

We decided to level up from children’s and young adult books to read Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” and we’re glad we did. The book is easy to digest for both younger and older readers, and gave us the opportunity to discuss themes such as spirituality, goal setting, and patience.


Up next: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

FDBC learns the “Facts of Life”

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have…an eighties theme song, but not Gary Soto’s “Facts of Life”. Soto’s collection of stories is also about adolescent maturation, and we discussed our favorites of the bunch and why we liked them. Themes include self identity, responsibility, and investing in one’s self.


Up next: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

FDBC roars at “The Lions of Little Rock”

In this episode of the FDBC, we explore the world of twelve-year-old Marlee. We discussed themes such as segregation and integration, friendship, courage, and disobedience. What is true friendship? We find that out in our conversation of a true friendship.


Up next: “Facts of Life” by Gary Soto

FDBC takes on “The Young Elites”

We apologize for the delay between episodes, but we’re back with Marie Lu’s “The Young Elites”. This was a difficult read for us but Lu’s antihero epic is still one worth exploring. We delve into themes such as betrayal, mistrust, and acceptance, and how a person’s environment can impact their reaction to those themes.


Up next: “The Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine