Since we all just had a nice stretch of time off to relax and read, there was much to talk about at our first Book Club meeting of the year. Ms Melinson’s favorite book she read this summer was I’ll Give You the Sun. She is currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which Anny, Luca, and Josh have all read with mixed reviews (Josh & Luca thought it read more like fan fiction and would have liked more stage direction; Anny liked that it filled in some blanks from the original series). Ms Melinson is also acquiring the illustrated versions of the Harry Potter series. So far only the first one has been published. Anny reread all of the HP series this summer along with a bunch of other books including Listen to This and Secret Lives of Composers–both books about one of her passions, music. Anny also discovered the poet, Christina Rosetti, and has been reading a lot of her work.
Josh read Dune and says it’s his favorite book ever. He proclaims “Frank Herbert is a genius!” Ms B says she’s read it 10 times and thinks it’s interesting that so many of the words are Arabic. It’s been 50 years since the original Star Trek tv series first aired. To celebrate, Josh has read Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner as well as the Autobiography of James T. Kirk. Another one of Josh’s favorites this summer was the final book of the Lorien Legacies series, United as One. He and Luca agree that the I Am Number Four movie does not do the book justice.
Luca enjoyed Ready Player One and was excited to find out that Spielberg will be directing the movie version of it. Joe and Luca agree that one of Luca’s other favorites this summer, The Gunslinger by Stephen King “gets weird.” We’ll be looking for some more weird books for Luca soon.
Dr. Bell suggests reading Chester Himes, a contemporary of James Baldwin and Richard Wright. He’s currently reading The Crazy Kill, which features the characters Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson.
Heloise recommends It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and a Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
Ms B wanted to talk about her new way of reading classics. She has decided that they are to be savored and so has begun to read them slowly, looking up words as she goes along. She read Dante’s Inferno this way, and is currently reading Don Quixote. She recommends the translation by Edith Grossman and imagines that in the original Spanish it must be beautiful. Doctora agrees and says it’s amazing.