Photo credit: Christian Hering-Junghans
Welcome to beautiful Edmonton -- home of the Edmonton FYA Book Club (YEGFYA) aka my chapter! Please indulge me in some overdue bragging about my awesome book club.
Which club are y’all from?
When did your club get started?
September 2013, which you can read all about here. That also means we've been around for ZOMG 3 YEARS?!
Where is your club’s fave hangout?
We've jumped around a bit since that first meeting, but we evetually found our spot in the downtown Boston Pizza, a nationwide restaurant chain that started in our very own hometown! (I don't know why Boston, either.) We dig it for the tasty and cheap food, in addition to not being kicked out when our lunchtime meetings go until dinner service, which is becoming a more and more regular occurrence.
What has been your club’s favourite book club pick so far? What did y’all like about it?
We universally adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, to my absolute delight! (I'm always extra nervous when we read a book that I love and nominate within FYA HQ.) What we loved about it was freaking EVERYTHING: the characters, the friendships, as well as how realistically and naturally diverse the story is.
Which FYA book club selection has been the most divisive? What separated the people who loved it from the people who hated it?
There hasn't been any book that's been down-the-middle polarizing, although we often take turns being the dissenting voice or two that haaaaaaaate a title. Which actually leads to such great discussions -- and maybe even better ones, because of the difference in opinions. (When we stay on topic, anyway.)
If you could have any YA author visit your club, who would it be and what's the number one question you would ask him/her?
I pulled rank and suggested that we ask Patrick Ness a simple question with regards to the February '14 pick, The Knife of Never Letting Go: "WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?"
What kind of extracurricular activities has your club participated in?
Funny enough, for a group that gets along as well as we do, we've only started hanging out outside of book club meetings in the past few months. Our first non-book club book club get-together was a Disney marathon: Hercules, The Rescuers Down Under, The Emperor's New Groove, Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, and probably far too much highly scientific analysis of male shirtlessness in Disney animation. A few of us also went on a spontaneous post-book club Pokémon hunting expedition. We're hoping to have more movie nights in the future -- esp. since we only recently learned that one of our members owns a raclette grill (basically, cheese-melting machine).
A fierce Poké battle between Growlithe and YEGFYA pet Tonks, whom I've just decided is our official mascot.
What’s the best part about being in a FYA book club?
Hanging out with this group of fun, smart, and awesome ladies, of course!