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Birthday and books.
Today was an extra special meeting as it was Anabelle, a group member, birthday. You know what this means? CAKE! It was lovely. We each went around and discussed our current books and, as per usual, the topic shifted. This time though, we didn't discuss politics. We discussed Harry Potter. Whilst not all of us are Potterheads we all appreciate the contribution these books made to getting kids into reading. Our main focus was Snape. Some of us argued that he was a bad guy all along and that his deeds where unforgivable regardless of his emotional death. Others argued that he was doing what he thought was best, which is a very accurate description of human nature. What do you think of Snape? I can't bring myself to hate him- not because of the books (sorry) but because of Alan Rickman. In my opinion he brought something new and emotional to the character of Snape and really made me question how far some people go to do what they think is best even if that means unintentionally hurting others. Anyway... I digress. We will meet next after Easter. I look forward to blogging again then.
Posted on: 27 May 2016

Guess who's back? Back agin...
As you may have seen in our status- we are the book group that doesn't discuss books. Our conversations do begin at the root of a book but before long they sprawl into a fully fledged political, philosophical and intense discussion about many worldly topics. This happens EVERY time. Today was no different. Our subject today that started with 'The lies we tell ourselves' revolved around racism and religious intolerance. Heavy stuff, I know. We wondered if reading a book like 'The lies we tell ourselves' to people who can be racist. Our decisions were split. Some of us thought that seeing things from a different point of view may enlighten people, whereas others believed that a truly racist person wouldn't see any problems. The topic of racism then lead- of course- to the silly- haired, hate spewing GOP candidate- good ol' Donald. We discussed how those in power play on people's fears or make them fear things they don't fully understand. Then our discussion moved to religion. Many of those at our group identify as theists. They said that a good theist is respectful to everyone and that religion should not be used as a weapon. One atheist in our group said that "religion has made great things in the world, and so many people take comfort from it, I think it is great, but religion, ALL religions teach respect. If you choose not to respect people, if you choose to spread hate and fear with your religion then you are a terrible theist." Do you agree? As you can see- we drifted off topic like Wilson drifted in Castaway. Never mind. Hopefully see you all very soon! :)
Posted on: 05 May 2016

Key Points for Discussion
Today, we received some fancy, little booklets that informed us on what we should be discussing when it comes to books. Regarding Patrick Ness, we were asked "What importance does the driver play in the book?". Each of us had very different interpretations of the Driver, some seeing it as Death and some as a Higher Power. Furthermore, we said that the opening chapter to 'More Than This' was one of the most intriguing and descriptive of any of the novels short-listed. Overall, there was no conclusive answer. When we discussed 'When Mr Dog Bites' we debated whether the use of language, especially racist language, was too over the top. One of our members said that the language made them feel very uncomfortable; one of our members said that Dylan (the main character) was hypocritical as he was calling other people the same things he didn't like being called; and one of us thought that the use of a racism was important because it showed how prominent racism still is today. Thanks for reading. :)
Posted on: 06 Jun 2015

Anti-heroes and children. :)
Ah, anti-heroes, the most intriguing characters in English literature. Both charming and terrifying anti-heroes have been filling novels for years, the most infamous being 'Heathcliff' from 'Wuthering Heights'. Handsome and obsessive, Heathcliff has captured the imaginative minds for readers for years and has not changed for audiences in the slightest. We also discussed how powerful the use of child narration is in literature. As a group we concluded that often books about children are not always interesting but books written from the perspective of children are often amazing. Being young ourselves, we can empathise strongly with children and reflect on our own childhood, making these sorts of novels very relevant. We also asked 'Can a book inspire us?' to which we very quickly answered YES! Out of the books we have read so far, 'Fastest boy in the world' is easily the most inspirational ,however, we have all been inspired by different works, both fiction and non-fiction. I think that it is safe to say, we have all absorbed at least one fictional character into our personality at some point in our lives. :)
Posted on: 22 May 2015

A rather stressful meeting.
Today our meeting was slightly more stressful than usual. Our group consists of 14-15 year old students and we are currently completing exams, so this was a cross between a book club and a last minute revision/ support session. Today we discussed the beauty of Gothic horror and how poetic horror adds a touch of spine-chilling fear to pretty much anything. We also touched on the topic of homophobia today as two of us are currently reading 'More Than This' by Patrick Ness. Those who have already read it cannot speak highly enough of it, Thanks for reading, :)
Posted on: 08 May 2015

Our first official meeting!
Today we had our first official ‘book review’ meeting in a nice cosy corner whilst we snacked on miscellaneous goodies. To kick start our rendezvous we discussed book covers. I think that we can all agree that the cover of a book is important because it is what draws your eye to it. It didn't take us long to agree that ‘Cuckoo Song’ undoubtedly has the most intriguing cover. Whether it is in the heterochromia eyes of the girl or the cobwebs surrounding her or even the bold title, there is no denying that we were all drawn to the mysterious cover. Our book for today- When Mr Dog Bites. The book includes many controversial topics such as mental health, racism and bullying which lead us to discuss ‘How prominent is prejudice in our society?’ We discussed the issue that derogatory names are still being used to describe other human beings despite the fact we like to believe that society is very accepting. One of the morals of the book, we concluded, is that equality is important. Vital in fact. :)
Posted on: 01 May 2015

Here we are!
So here we are. We are a group of six keen readers who love reeling our minds around a good book. We can't wait to review the nominated books and discuss our recent readers. Our bookmarks are ready so let's begin! April- 2015
Posted on: 12 May 2011