I'm always so happy when the teen book club is underway once again. I miss it! I miss the enthusiasm of the readers, I miss the new books they bring to the table, I miss the discussions and disagreements; and now we have selected our books for second semester so we can move forward once again.
And the book selections are:
Emma by Jane Austin
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Gone by Michael Grant
The Circle of Law by Lia London
Bound by Kira Saito
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Guardians of the Galaxy
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Maze Runner by James Dashner
One of my book attendees has been with the club for three years now and he is a huge proponent of the classics. His suggestions this time were accepted in droves, which usually doesn't happen, so we've got a few classics in our list. Mixing up the classics with the contemporary YA texts is a really fascinating combination and brings about discussions that feel relevant and appropriate.
Examples: What makes something a classic? Why do classics stand the test of time when some YA books don't? Considering current popular YA fiction, which books might wind up as classics and which books will move toward obscurity?
Such great discussions...and may the new season of book club begin.
I have had a few jobs in my life that I didn't enjoy: detassling corn, working in a small motor parts factory, framing pictures, serving food, and rejecting bad eggs in an egg factory. Today, I take part in a book club for teens and I love every minute of it.