It’s great that the book group members have nominated, voted on, and then chosen all of the books they have read and will be reading this school year, but this month I’m feeling a little gloomy personally about their choices. Notice that I said “personally,” because I’m only talking about me – I think the choices are great for the kids in the groups. Today we’re discussing The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, a book that has gotten a lot of reluctant boy readers very jazzed about reading. And then they go on to read the rest of the series, and then other books, and it’s all good. The Lightning Thief also introduces readers to Greek mythology, inspiring some to then go to the source and read “real” Greek mythology, which is very cool. But, and this is where my personal opinion comes in, we’ve discussed this particular book in several book groups over the past few years, and I’m totally sick of discussing this book. I’ve read it so many times that I didn’t even bother to re-read it this weekend – especially since I thought I might be nauseous if I did. I have nothing against this book, I’m just tired of it. And it doesn’t really lead to great book group discussions, at least it hasn’t in the past.
So maybe I should have told the kids that we wouldn’t be reading it…but that doesn’t seem fair. I wanted them to have ownership of their book choices, and the entire group was excited about this book. If I had come in and said, “No, we’re not discussing that book,” then the whole tenor of the book selection process would have changed. Which means that we’re discussing it today, and that it will probably come up again in some future group. Arrgh.
And then the 6th grade choice for this month is another well-worn book group book, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Yawn. Again.