What Have You Read?

Recently, we were going through a listing on the CBC website about the “Top 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian” in order to find the perfect book for our very first Bridging the Generation Gap Book Club. When you thindust-220k about YA books, Canadian authors aren’t immediately the first ones to come to mind, but I think it surprised us as to how many of these we’ve already read.

Our Generation Gap Book Club doesn’t begin until November, but we’ve already picked the first selection…DUST, by Canadian author Arthur Slade. This is an ambitious, dark tale that will be sure to stir up plenty of conversation between our young readers and their parents.

But there are plenty more Canadian YAaspyinthehouse-220 books on this list that we found ourselves discussing.  Books like A SPY IN THE HOUSE by Y.S. Lee, part of “The Agency” series that was one of the Red Maple® selections in Forest of Reading a few years back. This is a great historical mystery that readers have applauded. Don’t worry, there are several in the series, so you won’t have to make due with just one story.

One of my favourites is PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow, a magical tale of a young wood carver who loses her beloved father and is accplainkate-220used of witchery. I know that after reading this tale to several Grade 4 & 5 classes, it would be the perfect fit for a book club discussion (bring your kleenex!).

Why not look through the list to see how many books from this list you’ve read. My score? I’m sad to say it’s very, very low. Guess I have a lot to catch up on!

Nerd Herd Gathering

28187This month, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club has been reading Rick Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the first in the Percy Jackson series. We’re getting ready for our meeting today from 4-5:30pm, and we anticipate a lot of discussion about this one.

Will it be the first book we all agree on?

nerdIf you have teens aged 12 and up who would like to become a part of our Nerd Herd, they can drop by the meeting today–whether they’ve read the book or not–for some lively discussion, some crazy games…and snacks. Will there be blue cupcakes today? Only time will tell……

The Nerd Herd is getting ready for an exciting fall, including a Skype author visit with Kelly Loy Gilbert in October, and a party in late November. How could you not want to be a part of this?


Nerd Herd Unites

fliesThe Nerd Herd (aka, our Teen Book Club) is meeting today to discuss this month’s read, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding. No doubt many of you will be familiar with this book, but it is totally new to our teens. You might even be surprised to find out that one of our teens suggested this book for our list, and I think they got it right!

We won’t be taking turns talking about the book with a conch shell, but if you’re at the library today, you might hear some talk of pigs and islands. It’s bound to be a fun session!

We’ll also be working on some new books for our reading list, so if you have a teen (aged 12+) who might like to join our group, this would be a great week to get involved. We meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30, and we have LOTS of fun. This is a growing group, so be sure to give us a call if you have a teen who is interested. The Nerd Herd unites once again!

Teen Book Club

The Owl KeeperThe Nerd Herd has been reading Christine Brodien-Jones’ THE OWL KEEPER in June, and we’re getting ready to meet to discuss it.

Normally, we meet the last Wednesday of each month, but due to some holiday scheduling, this month we’re getting together on TUESDAY, June 30th from 4-5:30pm.If you have a teen who has read this and would like to come to the meeting, just come by the library at that time. We’re always happy to see new faces!

THE OWL KEEPER has been a fun read with a little bit of adventure, a futuristic/dystopian society, and poison…..lots of poison.

Have you read it?  What did you think?

Book Clubs Galore!

Reading back through an older post about book clubs popping up everywhere (a Lisa Simpson book club, and a Rory Gilmore Book Club are some recent favourites), it reminded me that book clubs are ever popular.

We have two book clubs at the library now–one for adults and one for teens, and maybe we’ll expand into more later on, but we always have people asking about where to find one. While there are several private book clubs in town, and also a few run at Read’s Book Shop, what if you just can’t get out and want to participate in a book club? After the demise of Oprah’s popular book club, it seems that people turned to the internet.

This year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave himself a goal of reading a book every two weeks, and is posting about his own book list. You can follow along here…yes, it’s a Facebook page!

And now, if you’re looking for something to participate in, even Costco has a book club! Their first pick is ETTA AND OTTO AND RUSSEL AND JAMES by Emma Hooper. Along with the book, Costco is providing a quick set of tips for starting up your own book club, either based on the books they choose, or books of your choice. (They also thought ahead….you need chairs, and food, and other fun supplies for book clubs….which you can buy at Costco! Who knew?)

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma HooperCostco also has great summer reads, kids books and more on offer in their flyer called The Costco Connection. It’s a great way to get people reading and thinking about connecting, regardless of trying to tie in some purchases.

Do you do book clubs? Would you consider doing a book club based on recommendations by a store, or celebrity?


Nerd Herd In!

youngOur Teen Book Club–aka the Nerd Herd–is back at it this week. And wow…do we have a book to discuss this month! Take a look at that cover above….Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES is certainly a blockbuster book.

This is the first selection by a Nerd Herd member (instead of the Head Nerd Herder…yes, I know…this is getting to be a tongue twister), and it is a whopper of an exciting book. It’s a tragedy with a hopeful message, and I think we’ll have a great time discussing it. Lu’s book is full of adventure, special powers and secret societies. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thought.

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm to disect the book, make some very special masks, and fill our bellies. Oh yes, and we’ll probably have a good laugh or two.

If you have a young reader at home aged 12+, we’re still taking on a few new members…and yes, we’ll be reading all summer. Why stop when there are so many great books to read?

Next up….a Harry Potter-esque adventure about special powers, secret societies and….wait….isn’t that what we’re reading this month? Yes, but this one has owls!

Head Nerd Herder, out.

Teen Book Club Meeting

PaperTowns2009_6AToday, we’re going to be discussing John Green’s PAPER TOWNS at our Teen Book Club meeting. If you have a teen that’s read the book and would like to attend, tell them to drop by. We’re meeting from 4-5:30pm, and there will be snacks. And crafts. And books. And black Santas. Don’t worry, no shaving cream, fish, or Vaseline will be involved today.

See everyone at 4 o’clock!