Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Book Blab Episode 13: The Girl Who Drank the Moon Mini Book Club

Sorry, guys. I didn't mean to drop out here for most of May, but life got real busy here. So busy that I couldn't even find time to read (which I'll tell you all about in my end-of-month round-up tomorrow). What have I been busy doing? Well, mostly packing up my house, moving all our stuff to storage, and then traveling around the country (which you probably know about if you follow me on Instagram).

Anyway, the good news is that during all my traveling, I ended up in Utah with a few free hours on my hands, and got a chance to meet up with Amy in person to film our latest Book Blab! And our babies got to meet!

Amy and Suzanne, babies

So, so fun!

Anyway, the long awaited discussion about The Girl Who Drank the Moon is here, and we had lots to say about this book (seriously, once we turned the camera off, we sat around chatting about this book for another thirty minutes or so). If you haven't read it, maybe don't watch this. Spoilers abound. But if you have read it, we'd love to hear your thoughts! Please let us know what you think about this book. Show notes below.

1:23 - There will be spoilers in this episode!
2:00 - Plot summary of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
5:40 - Introduction of characters
8:58 - Sorrow versus hope
14:00 - "A story can tell the truth, but a story can also lie."
17:15 - The power of love
  • 19:35 - The relationship between love and magic
  • 21:15: "There is no limit to what the heart can carry." 
23:40 - Humanizing the villain leads to complex emotions
27:00 - Did this book deserve the Newbery?
  • 28:25 - Amy's thoughts
  • 29:50 - Suzanne's thoughts
  • 32:20 - Would a child like this book?
34:40 - Two other Newbery recommendations
  • 35:00 - Suzanne's recommendation 
  • 36:20 - Amy's recommendation
37:50 - Conclusion

Books talked about during the show:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Giver by Lois Lowry
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


  1. I actually bought this book because it was $5 in the scholastic book order, and the holds were really long at the library. I'm glad it's one I own; I would like to read it again someday.
    Natalie and I both read it and both liked it. She said it was a little long and a little confusing at parts, but overall she would recommend it to her friends. I thought parts of it were disturbing, so I think 5th grade and up is appropriate.
    My favorite character was Ethyne, Antain's wife. Somehow she was impervious to Sis. Ignatia, and her hope and optimism and bravery was another example of the power of a mother's love.

    1. I'm glad to hear the Natalie liked it (although, I agree with the little long and little confusing parts). It's good to know at least someone in the target audience enjoyed it. :) And I agree with you about Ethyne, she was such a fabulous character.