Our January meetings got a little bit physical with some friendly competition. The Varsity Nook Club read Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff. This story featured an overweight and unpopular high school boy taking his fate into his own hands by joining the football team in order to gain some popularity and hopefully win the girl of his dreams. In the spirit of the football themed story and the upcoming Super Bowl, the entire meeting pitted two teams against each other to battle for... well, bragging rights. :) We began with an exciting game of number trivia. (What did you expect? We are a book club, after all.) Nooksters tested their recall on the most minute numerical details of the book like the number of Andy's school locker and his weight at the beginning of the book. If they got the number right, they could then earn bonus points for their team by throwing a football through different hoops. Luckily, no one was injured. :) The final round of the competition was a pictionary/charades match all about football. Who says book worms don't know anything about sports?
The JV Nooksters read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. For some members, reading this book was nostalgic as they'd read the entire series before. For rookies to the series, it opened their eyes to the magical world of wizards and muggles. The JV group had a similar competition except this competition was between the Hogwarts houses of Slytherin and Gryffindor. They also competed in a numerical trivia game, and this time bonus points were earned through a game a quittitch, the game featured in the book. Quittitch proved to be much rougher than football the week before as those trying for bonus points not only had to get a much smaller ball (the quaffle) through the hoop by hitting it with a baseball bat, but they also had the added challange of the other team hurling other balls (bludgers) at the them in the process. No one was (seriously) injured. The JV also had a Harry Potter themed round of pictionary. And lastly, they searched for the Golden Snitch in a scavenger hunt throughout books upstairs in the library. Everyone had a blast in this competition, but how could we not? It's Harry Potter, after all!
Our next book is Matched by Ally Condie, the first in a new dystopian trilogy. Happy Reading!