Monday, March 16, 2015

High School Book Club

Well y'all, it's been a while. This school year has been super hectic. Being a first year teacher is hard. I knew it was going to be hard; I was prepared for my long hours and crazy days, but just because I knew it was going to be hard doesn't change the fact that it's still been hard. But my students are awesome and that's all I can really ask for.

In fact, we've started a book club!

Being in a high school setting means I get to fangirl about all the YA books with actual young adults. It's been awesome. My first day I noticed a student carrying THE MAZE RUNNER and asked him if he was reading it for class, but he was just reading it for funsies. That's when I knew I had some really awesome students and that this could be the perfect place for a book club.

We've had two book club meetings so far. The first was just to decide which book we wanted to read. I put a bunch of different titles on the board and then we voted. The top 3 were RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard, CINDER by Marissa Meyer and THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab. So we decided to read all three starting with CINDER. We'd meet back in two weeks, having completed the first 100 pages, since we figured they'd have a lot of work (my school is project-based so there's always a ton of projects going on) and were also reading another book for English class.

After the two weeks, I found out two students had finished the book and one student finished the entire series! So needless to say, we're going to have to amp up our page count for the next book :)

I'm super excited to get to share some of my favorite stories with them. I've already read CINDER and THE ARCHIVED, but they're two of my favorite series. My students seemed to really enjoy them too and getting to discuss the intricacies of the books has opened my eyes a little bit more to the demographic that I've been writing for. To hear all of them talk about different parts and to discuss what they liked and didn't like, while educational to me as a writer, has also allowed me to talk about what I like so much about the books. I've been wanting to start a YA book club for a while now and I'm so excited to be able to share the experience with actual young adults, who will hopefully be able to see the world in a different way because of it. It reminds me why I started writing in the first place and I can't wait to get back to it :)