Do you have an interest in young adult books, but struggle to find the time to read? If so, the Taylor Young Adult Book Club is for you.
Junior Harli Broge and Assistant Professor of English Carie King run the book club. Together they brainstorm books to read, plan meetings and come up with questions to generate conversation about the novels. Meetings generally take place on the last Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. in the Relief Room in the Reade building.
The book club reads one book per month, then meets to discuss their thoughts. A normal meeting consists of group conversations, snacks, coffee and tea.
The club was originally started for education majors so that they would have lots of book recommendations for their students, but it is now encouraged for all students. Even if someone doesn’t have time to read the book, the club would love to have people come and be a part of the conversation to learn about what they are reading.
“It is a great way to get reading again outside of what you are supposed to read for class and to find out what is popular, new and enjoyable,” said Broge.
King agreed that here she learns about books that she never would have been introduced to before. She said it is a beautiful space to learn and grow with other students and faculty members who have different reading experiences than she does.
“Don’t forget why we read,” King said. “Don’t lose sight of the joy of reading in this time in college. Be sure to find reading that is going to challenge you and grow you and excite you, along with your studies.”
Lana Wilson, assistant director and research librarian for the Zondervan Library, also said reading is important and can be a good outlet as it allows people to go on adventures in which they learn to care for others better.
Wilson has been working very hard to develop and reorganize the young adult section of the library so students can find good reads with ease. Hundreds of books have been added over the past couple of years. Books in the library are now organized into three sections: Middle Grade Fiction, Early Fiction and Young Adult fiction. King highly encourages all students to utilize this resource.
Next month the book club will be diving into books by Laurie Halse Anderson, and invites all to join. To get more information about the book club, join the YA Club (TU) page on Facebook, follow them on Instagram @TU_YABookClub or show up to their next meeting on Oct. 30.