Book Club 2012-2013

Course Description: 

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.


Book Reviews: 

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 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.

Let's Keep Talking...

Want to continue the conversation following a book chat or post thoughts and questions about the reading? Then check out the book club online forum! To enter, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "GenJ Book Club" (sixth link from the bottom).

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Book Club Chats


Book Club Chat are regularly scheduled times for the students to interact on the Chat Room with the book club leader on staff. Be on the lookout for announcements about the book club chats for the 2012-2013 year. All book clubs chats are from 3:00 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST.  Times and schedules are subject to change.


September 18, 2012: Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

October 16, 2012: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

November 20, 2012:  The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliff

December 28, 2012:  Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen

January 15, 2013:  The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers

February 21, 2013 : The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins

March 19, 2013 : Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

April 16, 2013 : The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Graham

May 21, 2013 : The Thirty Nine Steps, by John Buchan

June 18, 2013 : Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Book List

 2011-2012 GenJ Book Club Reading List:

(Note: subject to change)

The theme we want to focus on this year is: Worldview, or the lack thereof; how a person's worldview affects them, their family, and their world.

*note to parents: some of these books discuss non-Christian world views. We encourage parents to discuss these books with their teens, and for younger children, we encourage parents to review these books in advance.


September: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

October: Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad

November: The Nine Billion Names of God, by Arthur C. Clarke

December: The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

January: The Pearl, by John Steinbeck

February: Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

March: Death Comes for the Archbishop, By Willa Cather

April: The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

May: Dune, by Frank Herbert

June: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens