Monday, March 4, 2013

Books Over Lunch or Lunch Over Books? (post contains a photo of a nude painting)

I'm lucky to be a part of a book club composed of junior high and elementary school teachers who read YA books.  We've been meeting for about two years now, and we've read a great selection of books... everything from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson to Bomb:  The Race to Build (and Steal) the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin to today's selection, Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg.  We are a mixed group of English teachers, a French teacher, science teachers, a math teacher, elementary classroom teachers, and an elementary special education teacher.  We are a range of ages, marital statuses, and family sizes as well as diverse interests and hobbies.

One commonality - we all love books.

I love being part of a community that loves to read and talk about books as much as I do.  Now that I'm no longer in the classroom, I don't get to have as many thoughtful conversations about books as I used to.  This monthly meeting goes a long way in making up for those missing daily talks.  As a group we not only talk about what we thought about the various books we've read; we also talk about what kinds of readers we're eager to pass books along to.  I love it when I hear the science teachers say, "I told two girls in my X-block (homeroom) that they have to read this book, based on what I know about them as readers."  I can't say that sentence is something I would have heard a science teacher say ten years ago.

Today this group of readers gathered at a local restaurant after a day of meetings and left the worries and pressures of school behind as we had a late lunch and talked through the afternoon about the book we read and the books we want to read.  We are readers who have plans, people.

Next up:  Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral, Every Day by David Levithan, and then Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park.

Oh... I almost forgot!  This was our comic relief for the afternoon.  The painting of a nude woman hangs in the dining room of a very popular local family restaurant.  Notice the strategically placed shamrock.


  1. Love the slice. IT was so nice to see everyone today.

  2. We had our book club meeting last night. We have English teachers and others. It is an imperative to see each other in a fun setting and read books we wouldn't normally choose! I love the idea that you have a ya book club!

  3. Wish I had a book group such as yours. How wonderful and how lucky you all are!

  4. I need to re-start this at school. I miss the conversations and camaraderie!

  5. Love this! I wish I could get something like this going with my coworkers. I'm thankful I have my librarian to chat with :)

  6. I am itching to jump in and start sharing too! I am curious to hear your thoughts on Chopsticks and Every Day. I've definitely heard mixed review of Project Mulberry too. Hmm. I hope there will be a follow-up post...

  7. You just inspired an idea for a post this month -- stay tuned.
    So glad you enjoyed your book club rich with discussion, friendship, and food!!