2013 was such a great and exciting year for the FYA Book Club. We were sorted into our FYA
houses cliques. We had a cocktail-fueled hangout with a BAMF author. We compared notes on how we imagined literary characters. We picked our all-time fave mysterious loner dudes. We celebrated our second birthday, and so did some of our chapters (although a few of us are just starting up). We got thematically crafty, and we attended the YA movie event of the year. The FYA Book Club had an awesome sauce year, is what I'm saying.
And those are only the shenanigans we told you about! If a picture's worth a thousand words, then OOOH the scandalous stories that the FYA photo album could tell! Check out all these pirate princess-ing, author stalking, pedicure getting, slumber partying, profesh cocktailing, park partying, trivia knowing, mustache rocking, holiday partying (phew!) YAngelists!
And, of course, there were LES BOOKS:
JANUARY: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
FEBRUARY: The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
MARCH: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
APRIL: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
MAY: Sabriel by Garth Nix
JUNE: Every Day by David Levithan
JULY: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
AUGUST: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
SEPTEMBER: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
OCTOBER: The Diviners by Libba Bray
NOVEMBER: How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
DECEMBER: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
These books made us cry. Made us laugh. Made us sad and, some, even mad. Above all, they made us FEEL. And none more so than the fave picks of 2013 -- as chosen by FYABC members!
3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Elizabeth Wein's hauntingly beautiful historical novel deeply resonated with the FYA Book Club. If you need proof of the raging case of TEABS that comes with Code Name Verity, look no further than its influences on our wardrobes and reading lists.
2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The FYA Book Club also fell head over heels for the first book of Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle fantasy series, emphasis on FANTASTIC. As they eagerly waited for the sequel, the FYA Book Club brain trust theorized and speculated on what would happen next in The Dream Thieves.
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The star of the FYA Book Club in 2013 was indisputably Ms. Rainbow Rowell. Not only was it the year of the double Rainbow (just check our fave books list), but we dedicated a mixtape in honour of the unforgettable and swoontastic Eleanor & Park.
She also hung out with the Atlanta chapter. (Have you died from jealousy yet?)
So yeah, Rainbow Rowell is def. the reigning queen of the FYA Book Club. All hail the queen!
2013 also saw a lot of growth from the FYA Book Club. No, I don't mean we've graduated from YA books (because LOL we could never!), but TONNNNNNS of new book club chapters have popped up. Not just stateside, but worldwide!
As amazing as 2013 had been, 2014 is shaping up to be even BETTER. As always, FYA HQ gets to share more of our faves, new and old alike, with our book clubs.
And see those yellow and red markers on the book club map? They're all chapters just waiting for new members! Join them, won't you? (The book club sched is also constantly updated, so new clubs are being added all the time!)
North Jersey (Paterson), NJ
Time for real talk, y'all. I have big, BIG goals for the FYA Book Club moving forward. First and foremost, I want to turn all those reds and yellows on the map (i.e. clubs looking for leaders and members) into greens.
I also want another overseas book club! And you guys -- this is actually so close to happening! Right now, there's a race (in my head, since I like to pit siblings against one another) to join London as our FYA Book Club representatives in Europe. (Or maybe a surprise contender from another continent will become the next overseas club!)
And I have a preeeetty big wish list for more North American clubs, too. How about we get another Canadian province in the hizzy? (Quebec? A Maritimes province? Or maybe Saskatchewan will STUN US ALL.) Then there's my REALLY, REALLY ambitious dream of having an FYA Book Club in every single one of the fifty nifty states. YEAH, I WANT TO GO TO THERE.
That's totally how The Secret works, right? You put what you want out there and it'll happen? Well, MAKE IT SO, YANGELISTS! (Pretty please!?)