The High School has continued its monthly book club, where students and teachers meet in the library to discuss what they’ve read, would like to read, or get ideas of what to add to their to-be-read piles.
Here are some highlights from the last few months:
In January, Ms. Melinson talked about celebrating Jolabokaflod for the fourth year—a Scandinavian holiday devoted to reading, chocolate, and being cozy—and shared some of the books she read, including, Suggested Reading, Music is History, and The 99% Invisible City.
In February, Ms. Melinson. discussed some books she often gives as gifts, including Einstein’s Dreams, Lord of the Rings, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. The library also received new books like the graphic novel adaptation of Graceling, The Weight of Blood, and The First to Die at the End. At our most recent book club, Ms. Melinson shared some books by authors she’d seen in webinars, including, The Reading List and The Attack of the Black Rectangles.
Jess read the Blissful Masquerade series, which she found funny and scary. She also read A Good Girls Guide to Murder but advised the group to not let the cover fool them. Natalie chimed in that she loved that book and that there were also two sequels out. Natalie read All of Us Villains, which she found to be a better take on The Hunger Games. She said the story had stakes and consequences for the character and an intriguing magical system.
Suketa talked about her love for the book I am Malala because of the advocacy aspect. She also spoke about how she likes books featuring magic and that the first Harry Potter book is her favorite. This led to a spirited group discussion about separating work you like from the problematic person who wrote it. Suketa also mentioned reading The Joy Luck Club for class and how it’s the most entertaining required reading.
Jordyn read the Graceling series before moving on to The Folk of the Air series. She described the first book, The Cruel Prince, as high fantasy and fun but with dark undertones. After reading The Locked Tomb series, Mr. Comer read Escaping Exodus as a palette cleanser. Mr. Wells read The Sentence and The Matterhorn, which he described as a long war book for fans of The Things They Carried. Ms. Perla read Atomic Habits, a book on developing good habits. She also discussed how she enjoys audiobooks and looks for books that were made to be good audiobooks.
To see all the books we’ve discussed at book clubs over the years, check our Goodreads here!