October Book Club

book-club-octBob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Someone named Jack Thorne wrote the new Harry Potter book. There were no leftover brownies from Book Club. Which of these is true? Surprisingly, we had a few brownies leftover!

Despite being fueled by less sugar than usual, the conversations were quite lively. We started out discussing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Luca and Josh had already expressed their disdain for this installment last time, but while Anny disagreed, Ms Melinson was also not too enthusiastic about this one. Anny likes it because it helps fill in some questions she had from the original series such as what house Dumbledore was in. Ms Melinson thought it was nice to be immersed in that world again, but felt more at home watching the movies over the weekend. Our discussions about Harry Potter convinced us all that it’s time for another Harry Potter Book Club–perhaps after Fantastic Beasts comes out in theaters (release date November 18).

Ms Melinson recommended The Rosie Project She said this had all the makings of a romantic comedy, but with enough edge that she still enjoyed it. Quiet Power is a YA version of Susan Cain’s book, Quiet. It has less data but more practical use than the original book. Anny reread a lot of her favorite series books including Fablehaven, Once Upon a Marigold, and Charlie Bone. She also started reading Billy Collins’ new book of poetry, which she was delighted to find a signed edition of at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland.

We had a discussion about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children since the movie has recently been released. People were pleasantly surprised that they enjoyed the movie, but of course we almost always like the book best! Anny and Alexa thought the movie was less scary/creepy than the book.

Ms Melinson mentioned that while she grew up listening to Bob Dylan and sees the poetry in his work, she wanted to know people’s views on having a popular artist win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Ms Fels mentioned a NY Times article whose author believed Dylan did not deserve the Nobel Prize. A discussion followed about what is poetry? are all songs poetry? Dr Bell talked about the long history of poetry as song. Most people were either thrilled that Dylan won the prize or didn’t have a preference one way or the other.

Stay tuned for more information about a future Harry Potter Book Club so we can further discuss our obsession!

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