During lunch today we had our final book club for Seniors (we’ll miss you, Class of 2015!), and we also celebrated National Poetry Month. Ms. Melinson started things off by reading a poem she enjoys sharing at the end of the year with Seniors called “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver.
Another tradition of the last Senior book club is to honor the Seniors who came to book club consistently throughout their high school career. This year our top book clubbin’ Senior was Jaspreet, who has regaled us over the years with his many, many recommendations of zombie books. Ms. Melinson presented him with a reading journal filled with the titles of these zombie books (to be fair, not all of them were zombie books. There’s some great nonfiction in there, too!).
Anny S. shared a poem by Billy Collins from the book Sailing Alone Around the Room. She enjoyed this particular book of poetry and talked about giving it to her friend as a gift.
The conversations shifted from poetry to an array of different novels, and Avi was delighted to share that Eleanor and Park was, indeed, worth all the fuss. Mrs. Batarseh shared some amazing translated Arabic novels with us, and Mrs. Fels talked about making the mistake of reading Ruth Rendell’s horror novels in the middle of the night (moral of the story: just don’t do it!).
For a complete list of books recommended at today’s book club, check out our Goodreads page here.