October Book Club Wrap-Ups

Hey y'all!It's Grace here today to tell y'all about this month's book clubs. I'm not going to do two separate summaries each month but I'd like to let y'all know what happens with each meeting. For those of you who haven't heard of this before, I was asked by my local indie bookstores, the Oxford Exchange and Inkwood Books, to run teen-based book clubs. You can read my original announcements and explanations here and here.Last month at the Oxford Exchange, we read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Last month at Inkwood, we read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Both kickoffs went very well so I was excited to see what October brought! First up was the OE book club.

THE OXFORD EXCHANGE

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | Goodreads

In picking October's book, I definitely wanted to do something spookier. I was torn between Dracula and Frankenstein when I finally asked my epic English teacher for a recommendation. When he told me Frankenstein was one of his favorite books, I immediately picked it.

The Teen Classics Book Club met at the Oxford Exchange on October 12 at 3 P.M. Being the day after Homecoming and with a ton of people sick, I had my doubts about having a lot of people but we ended up with a good amount. We had some newbies and some returners, and I think everyone's planning on coming again!

I'm very proud of some of the girls that showed up who don't normally read. It's seriously awesome that people want to challenge themselves and read classics. One of the cool parts about our book club is that we don't require everyone to have finished the book, just come with enough to talk about. While I thought that meant people who didn't finish it would immediately put it down after discussion, I saw people on Monday at school who still brought the copy with them to finish!

The conversation was fantastic. Between wondering about the essence of humanity - did we feel sorry for Frankenstein's monster? - and talking about the romantic imagery saturating the entire book, we kept it going for more than an hour. One of my coworkers, Nick, came up for a bit and talked to us about Frankenstein. Having fresh perspectives on the book (especially from non-teens) was nice towards the end.

TeBella provided us again with that delicious pumpkin spice tea, and Buddy Brew had these really excellent pumpkin-and-pecan cupcakes. I kept going over to the table to refill!

All in all, the Oxford Exchange book club this month was a definite success. Our first month's crowd was pretty big and our second month was a little smaller, but hopefully next month is back up again! I'm so excited for next month's read because it's one of my favorite favorite favorite classics.

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 INKWOOD BOOKS

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall | Goodreads

Young Adult Book Club this month at Inkwood was interesting. We picked an adorable SwoonReads book for October, completely ignoring the concept that it should be a spooky read. Considering our first book was a heavy sci-fi, it was the perfect breath of fresh air to ease us back into book club.Yet again, we had a bit of a smaller crowd than last month but because Inkwood decided to open it up to non-teen YA lovers, we had a few older voices contributing to the conversation. The whole concept of A Little Something Different is a love story told from 14 conversations, none from the actual lovers themselves.We had pizza like last time, some soda, and bookish conversation.The book sparked conversation about the POVs, which POVs were good, the depth in particular scenes and whether or not it was successful as a whole, etc,. While last month, we went back and forth on-and-off-topic, this month focused entirely on the book because we had so much to discuss. I got all the way to the end of the book before realizing that SwoonReads was kind enough to include discussion questions in the back, which made my job as a moderator much easier.It was a really nice night. Rather than with the classics club where a lot of the conversation is clarifying or analyzing (the fun kind - I swear we aren't an English class), the regular YA book club is fun because it can be straight-up fangirling when it comes down to it. I   had some points to make about A Little Something Different and some experimental aspects of it, but I liked it even more towards the end.The Inkwood book club was most definitely a success in my book. Inkwood chose next month's pick so I'm definitely looking forward to it!

Upcoming Book Clubs

November 10 at Inkwood Books at 7 P.M.The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley | Goodreads

November 30 at Oxford Exchange at 3 P.M.The Count of Monte Cristo (abridged) by Alexandre Dumas | Goodreads

Like what you read? Come to next month’s book club!

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