The Reading Rocks were strong and vocal this morning with many opinions and book recommendations thrown around. Some of the books discussed:
World War Z (again), I am shocked at how many of you have not read this one, I predict it will be a zombie classic read throughout the world for millenia, not because of it’s zombie-ness, but because of the humanity it celebrates. Just one nerd’s opinion.
The Gone series by Michael Grant where everyone over 13 disappears and the kids that are left face a world without parents and, infinitely more upsetting, the internet.
Ex-Heroes, eloquently described by one of the Rocks as “World war Z meets the X men.” This is not at the Rocky library yet, but soon will be.
The boy who couldn’t sleep and never had to, described as “a novel about the typical high school experience: the homework, the awkwardness, and the mutant creatures from another galaxy.” Yep, I want to read this one now.
Paper Valentine, a murder mystery where the ghost of an anorexia victim haunts her best friend AND helps her find a serial killer.
20 boy summer by Sarah Ockler, “While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.” We don’t have this one at the Rocky library, but the public library does have it at the main library and both branches.
The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, about kids that have been genetically modified to have wings…and all the complications they imply, including being hunted by people who want to experiment on them.
The Hunt series by Andrew Fukuda, about the last vestige of humanity hunted by the vampires that have taken over the world.
Of course there was some talk about John Green, just because we kind of like him. Some of us will probably NOT see the movie being made based on The fault in our stars until we can be absolutely sure that no one is around to see us sob helplessly. Like a baby. A very sad baby. Just saying.
Finally, we decided to read Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children to discuss at the first December meeting on the 5th. If you were not at the meeting this morning but want to read the book, just tell one of us in the library and we will get you a copy!
Our next Reading Rocks meeting will be on November 21st, everyone is welcome! Come and talk to us about what you’re reading, it’ll be a blast!
Hey! It’s your friendly neighborhood guest blogger. Mrs. Curtis was MIA for the October 24th meeting, sad, so I’m going to keep you updated.
Over fall break, we read “Feed” by Mira Grant. This book had everything you could want from post apocalyptic fiction: zombies, political intrigue, action scenes, motorcycles, and betrayal. Still, the opinions of the book were many and varied. Some people were so enamored that they read both sequels upon completion of the first. Others couldn’t even bring themselves to finish the book, stating the main character was “too perfect to be interesting” or the book got “too political.”Either way the discussion was good, if a bit chaotic due to the absence of our fallen leader.
The Rock Island Public Library liaison, Emily Tobin, was there to provide a bit of structure and pass out pamphlets for upcoming library events. We feasted on Twizzlers provided by Mr. Traylor and argued about just how creepy the main character’s relationship with her brother was.
All in all, we made it out alive, which is more than I can say for certain characters from the book. For the next meeting, we’ve decided to read whatever we want as individuals.
Until next time.
Please comment on this post to decide what the Reading Rocks will be discussing on November 21st. The library will try to get multiple copies of whatever book is decided on to distribute as soon as possible.
If you were at the October 24th meeting, please consider writing about it! You can write it in a comment and I can copy it into a post. Thanks!
The title of this post is a quote from the book Feed by Mira Grant. This is a book set in the aftermath of a zombie apocolypse, and yet this line reflects EXACTLY how I feel about the people I see every day in the library, and especially those of you that come to book club. There has been no zombie viral outbreak (yet!) but the technological advances that we’ve seen in the last 20 years or so have altered the landscape in almost as unexpected ways. As an old person, I am overwhelmed when I ponder the future possibilities, and thankful that you guys are already navigating this landscape with style and humor!
READING ROCKS BOOK CLUB was extremely fun yesterday! We had some new faces and lots of shouting at each other about books! Some of you have already finished our next selection, the aformentioned Feed by Mira Grant, and you were nice enough not to spoil it for the rest of us. Fair warning to all: we will discuss the ENTIRE book on October 24. From what I’ve read so far, about 120 pages, I may be talking about this one for a long time.
We were once again graced with the presence of Emily Tobin who filled us in on some of the programs at the fabulous Rock Island Public Library and put up with our shouting and rudeness with aplomb, which is a word I had to look up but fits perfectly!
Comment on the post if you want to! I know there are some regular book clubbers who didn’t make it yesterday, let’s hear your “shout,” too!
Please come and browse all our new books in the library, and come to the next READING ROCKS book club meeting on October 24th!
So…today at book club we shouted at each other about the John Green classic Paper Towns. Mostly I shouted about finishing the book, not becuase it’s a requirement for book club attendance, but because this book is one that requires finishing! I just finished it yesterday and was quite impressed with the emotional impact(“Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is actually used to cut diamonds,” I added. Radar tapped a locker twice with his fist to show his approval, and then came back with another. “Ben, getting you a date to prom is so hard that the American government believes the problem cannot be solved with diplomacy, but will instead require force.”) , realistic character development throughout, (Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are… People are different when you can smell them and see them up close…” ) and the scatalogical and anatomical humorous references, if you know what I mean(“Ben, if you get pee in my brand new car, I am going to cut your b***s off.” )…some of the reading rocks reported that they were unable to share why they were laughing (while reading Paper towns) with their parents because some of the funny stuff was “not nice,” ( “Dude, I don’t want to talk about Lacey’s prom shoes. And I’ll tell you why: I have this thing that makes me really uninterested in prom shoes. It’s called a pen*s.” )
Also at book club: Emily Tobin, our fabulous YA librarian from the awesome Rock Island Public library! Emily shared her playlist for Paper Towns , which is very cool.
Our next meeting will be on September 26th, we can talk about any and all the books you’ve read, and hopefully some rocks will be started on our next title, Feed by Mira Grant!
See you in the library!
Holy graphic fiction, Batman! We had TWENTY ONE students at the first book club meeting this morning! THANK YOU to the veteran members who came and brought friends and welcome to everybody else, it’s going to be a great year for reading, I can feel it!
Some of the things we discussed:
What did you read this summer? So many good books! You can comment on this post and let us know even if you missed book club today…and if you read some Stephen King that you bought at a half price books store you went to in California, you MUST comment, because we need to hear more about that!
When should we meet? Some said, “every day” wich would be fine with me, but the doughnut money would probably dry up quickly, and then what? So we’re going with every other week Thursday during enrichment. That makes our next meeting date August 29th, 7:45-8:15.
What should we read? Lots of great suggestions, the voting broke down like this:
Legend by Marie Lu 4
Paper Towns by John Green 5
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 2(enthusiastic)
Every Day by David Levithan no votes, tabled until next time
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach 2
Feed by Mira Grant 2 (but this one comes up so often I know we’ll read it eventually)
So we will be reading Paper Towns for our next meeting. If you were here this morning I will be getting you a copy of the book as soon as possible, if you weren’t here but have read the book or just want to come talk about books, you are welcome to join us on the 29th!
Juli’s Book Keeper, a little neighborhood used book store, was brought up by one of our veteran Rocks, here’s the address:
2608 21st Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, may be a field trip destination?
Questions? Concerns? Random firings that must be shared?
COMMENT ON THE POST ALL YOU READING ROCKS!
We hope you had a great first week back to school for the 2013-14 year! Welcome to Rocky if you are a freshman or a new student and congratulations! You now have access to the best high school library in the ENTIRE WORLD as far as we know!
The library has all of your reading needs covered; chick lit, adventure, non fiction, manga, classics, short stories, disaster, an eclectic graphic book collection as well as a hip and “with it” library staff! You are so lucky.
The Reading Rocks had one last “meeting” for the year, we ate at Habanero’s at Northpark (I had the Sopas, fabulous) and then travelled to Barnes & Noble to get books! It was a parents included activity and I was very glad to meet the folks that were able to come. We had great conversation, as usual, about all the books we read and WANT to read. Not as usual, we had food that was NOT doughnuts and was also not granola bars exposed to RIHS vermin.
We may have chosen the first book to read for next year, as well! Our first book for next year’s Reading Rocks will be Feed by Mira Grant. Listen for announcements in August about when we will start meeting again.
Please feel free to comment on this post!
HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER AND GO GET BOOKS AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY!!
This morning the Reading Rocks met for the last time this school year. Unfortunately, we still have leftover granola bars. So next year’s club will start with stale granola bars, sorry…this is the legacy of the inaugural year.
Probably even more important than the granola bar tragedy is the fact that the Reading Rocks have read and discussed seven novels this year. We debated and disagreed and agreed and brought up and discussed unrelated and tenuously related subjects about:
It was such a great experience! Let’s do it again next year!
Meanwhile, PLEASE use your Rock Island Public Library extensively this summer! Emily Tobin, the YA librarian for our fabulous public library, visited the Rocks again today with information about summer reading programs. “Beneath the Surface” is the theme for the summer, and there are MANY great opportunities to read and cook and watch movies and craft and game and it looks extremely fun. She left some calendars with more information here in the library, and told us she will be back to Rocky before the end of the year. Did you read The Maze Runner? The Teen Book Club is meeting to discuss it tomorrow, May 10th, at 4:00 at the 30/31 Branch Library. You should go!
Thanks for a great year of READING ROCKS!
Veronica Roth’s series opener Divergent dominated an erudite book club discussion this morning in the library. Some of the dauntless few who came today used alarming candor in their evaluation of the book. No one chose to abnegate their opinions or the doughnuts and juice offered, so we were all in a state of contented amity as the discussion came to a close.
Other topics covered at today’s meeting included, of course, why everyone should read Tiger’s Curse, is it advisable to see the newest “Great Gatsby” movie with Leonardo DiCaprio if you are a freshman, the judicious use of the phrase “spoiler alert,” and what’s on the agenda for the next (and last!) book club meeting on May 9th…
We decided not to choose one book for the next meeting, but keep reading and come with your recommendations for the summer! We will also have Emily Tobin back to fill us in on what the Rock Island Public library has planned for your summer reading enjoyment.