A few weeks ago, the FYA Book Club celebrated its second birthday. Among those chapters that have been around since Day One is London, whose members are here today to flip through their yearbook with us!
The Londoners managed to out awesome themselves again by moving the discussion from The Book Thief to Footloose, plus they made plans to do a Secret Santa in December! I'm telling you guys this now so that you can steal the idea and pretend it was yours. Secret Santa!
And LOOK! A boy! They're like a literary S Club 7, y'all! ("S Club... ! There ain't no party like an S Club party!" Sorry, not sorry.)
Flash forward to present day -- the Londoners have ranked their top book club picks so far. Hard to argue with this list!
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
8. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
9. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
10. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
And here's current London book club leader Kelly on their upcoming plans:
We're trying to find (vaguely) themed places to go each month now, to encourage us to try out new things, so since Eleanor & Park was set in the 80's we went to an 80's themed gamer cafe, and then to a quote-along screening of Ghostbusters.
For [September's pick, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey] we're doing the science museum since that was the closest thing I could find to an alien themed restaurant. We were going to see a sci-fi movie, but then we realised there was a cheer-along screening of Bring It On, and I couldn't resist, so we're planning on seeing that instead!
Um -- YES PLEASE. As someone who's seen Bring It On and all four of its sequels, I obvi need that cheer-along in my life.
Kelly says that "the best thing about the book club for [her] has been finding a bunch of people who are just as willing as [she is] to discuss fictional situations and characters as enthusiastically as if they were real." She also extends an invitation to FYAers for a special edition book club party in London -- field trip, anyone!?