It has been said that readers are leaders, and leaders are readers! If GenJers are to be leaders of the next generation, they need to be well-read on a variety of subjects. The Book Club will include books on a variety of interesting and timely topics, including leadership, politics, worldview, intelligent design, Christian discipleship, and more.
For the 2012-2013 school year, we have decided to read primarily significant pieces of English literature, with the exception of Les Miserables. We are looking at a lot of firsts, the first detective novel, the first spy novel, etc, and how these works influenced future, more famous works of literature. Students may join at any point, and are free to read as many or as few of the books as they wish. (Students can decide to be involved one month and not the next.)
Book Club Communication:
GenJ Book Club Chats: For the fall semester of 2012 and spring of 2013, the Book Club Administrator will host one chat per book, usually at the end of the month. Students should come prepared with comments and/or questions about the current book.
GenJ Book Club Forum: GenJ formed the GenJ Book Club forum thread as a place for students to post thoughts and questions regarding books on the 2012-2013 reading list. Feel free to start a thread discussing key chapters or themes from your favorite book. However, please do not post on this forum unless you are actively involved in the Book Club.
Generation Joshua encourages parents to verify completion of this course, and recommends that students write a minimum 500 word (but not to exceed 750 words) book review for each book. Students will be able to submit these reviews, and each month we will pick the best one, and publish it on our blog, Liberty's Call!
Note: A Book Review is not the same as a Book Report. To read the differences between a book review and a book report, please visit the GenJ Book Club forum.
In the book review, we recommend that students demonstrate a grasp of the basic themes and topics of the book. The book review should be checked for proper spelling and grammar and show that the student has understood the worldviews presented. Please note that due to time constraints, Generation Joshua will not be providing monthly book review critiques for the 2011-2012 book club.
Questions? Feel free to email any book club questions or comments to us at GenerationJoshua@hslda.org. Please be sure to type "book club" in the subject line.
Book Club Archives: Looking for good books to read in your spare time? To view book club reading lists from previous years, click here.