For our first lunch time book club of the year, we had a whopping 18 students and 4 faculty in attendance! Ms. Melinson served up her famous homemade brownies and started off by asking if anyone would be interested in attending a special book club about Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee’s new book. The general consensus was that everyone would attend, especially if we could get Ms. LaMay to join in.
Students talked about the books they enjoyed reading over the summer break. Anny really enjoyed Jodi Picoult’s Between the Lines and its sequel, Off the Page. She also sang the praises of the The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
Amelia shared several books she read, including Steven Millhauser’s Voices in the Night and Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver. She and Luca both shared their common interest and devotion to all things Neil Gaiman.
Vanessa was busy teaching with Breakthrough this summer, but she had time to take a break and read a book of Sherman Alexie’s short stories, Blasphemy, and a graphic novel called The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis (which we all thought sounded absolutely amazing—household appliances have souls!).
Josh enjoyed reading Nick Offerman’s humorous book of political essays, Gumption. `He also read a few Sci-Fi classics.
Luca read Go Set a Watchman, but said he’d wait until our special book club to discuss further. He enjoyed reading A Good Year by Peter Mayle, as well as John Grisham’s The Client.
Emil had nothing but great things to say about The Martian by Andy Weir, as did everyone else–everyone is looking forward to the movie version coming out soon.
Faculty shared some of their favorite summer reads as well. Mrs. Fels loved This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper) and Dear Committee Members (Julie Schumacher). Mrs. Nellis enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr).
We ran out of time to chat about more books we all enjoyed over summer, but we’re looking forward to next month’s book club to continue the conversation! For a complete list of books recommended during our monthly book clubs, check out our Goodreads list here.