Today I’m here to talk to y’all about one of my most exciting developments. Recently, I got a call from my adorable local indie, asking if I could come in to talk about something. What about? Starting a young adult book club for teens around the area.
There are plenty of young readers around Tampa – I know, I talk to a lot of them on a daily basis – but so few opportunities to interact with other readers. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a few that I regularly swap books with and I love that – imagine if we could spread that and get a big group together.
On the second Monday of every month, we’ll camp out at Inkwood Books for an hour or two and talk the book of the month. There’ll be food, drinks, discussion, and even a few movie nights for those pesky book-to-movie adaptations. Between themed treats, author Skypes, and plenty of other surprises in store, I hope to see y’all there!
Everybody’s welcome – even if you think you won’t know anybody, it’ll be a fun chance to get to talk books! I’ll be hosting and moderating, with plenty of questions and a summary on the blog for those who missed. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email or contact me and I’ll be happy to answer.
As of now, the tentative age group’ll be 8th grade and above. Have kids that are interested, but are too young? Don’t worry, Inkwood’s also cooking up a middle grade book club that I’ll hopefully be helping out with as well!
AUGUST: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
SEPTEMBER: Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
OCTOBER: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Our first book, The 5th Wave, is a thrilling sci-fi sure to appeal to kids still mourning the gradual descent of the dystopian trend. With strong characters, adrenaline-packed sequences, and plenty of suspense, it’s one that’ll keep you riveted. Despite its length, you won’t be able to put it down!