May Book Post – A Wrinkle in Time

Last book of the year for Guys Read! It’s sad…we’re just getting really rolling. Fortunately, we’re all allowed to read all we want, even when Guys Read is not in session. We can even write on the blog during the summer, to let everyone know what we’re liking.

Our last book is A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s a Newbery Medal winner from 1962, and is our first foray into the fantasy genre this year. Plus, as an added bonus, there are several sequels, just the thing to kick-start your summer reading!

April Book Post – Ghost Canoe

Hurrah! We had more than one person come last night! The club is on the upswing! Hayden came for the first time, and said he’ll be back (Yes!). It looks like Relijah might join up for this month. And Elijah is quickly becoming a regular attendee. It feels good to celebrate having fun reading together. Plus, I couldn’t have eaten all those s’mores myself.

Our next GR book will be Ghost Canoe, by Will Hobbs. It’s a bit of a murder mystery, with adventure, intrigue, and excitement thrown in. Plus, it’s set right in our backyard, on the very Northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Hayden’s mom and Relijah have read it, and both said it was great. I’m excited for them to read it with the club. Second readings always bring up new ideas and perspectives.

Okay! Keep reading! Write on the blog! See you in a month for Guys Read!

March’s Book Post – The Fear Place

Hello fellow guy readers! We nearly disintegrated for a second there. Yikes! We’re survivors, though. I think we have successfully weathered the basketball season, the science fair, and any number of other obstacles, and hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out. I anticipate increased attendance. We’ve added a member, and we’ll even have a guest blogger-member, Mr. H., our janitor, for this book (he’s a guy; he reads!). The days of four chocolatey treats per person are over! Time to spread the yum (and the fun!)!

Our March book will be The Fear Place, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Ms. Naylor is a Newbery Award-winning author (for Shiloh, 1992) and has written more than eighty books! Yow!

I’m getting more and more excited about Guys Read. I’ve already selected next month’s book, and I can’t wait to get started reading this one.

Don’t forget to tell your friends about our club! We will always welcome new members. The more the merrier!

Catch ya later! Keep reading!

February Book Post – Al Capone Does My Shirts

Hello Guys Read members! It’s February five days early here!

Our fourth GR book will be Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko, a Newbery Honor winner. It’s historical fiction, which means we’ve changed genres for the first time; a little break from contemporary realistic fiction. Al Capone is set in 1935 on Alcatraz Island, site of America’s most famous prison.

Also, you need to talk up our club! The more members we have, the more fun! Kyler S. and his mom have a great time, I know, but we want to share it with all of you! So spread the word! And we really need some fourth graders. They are the future of Guys Read, you know.

Short note on the blog: I’ve changed the setup so that you don’t have to be registered to use it. I will just regulate the comments myself. I think this will make it easier to use.

That’s all! Hurrah for reading! Wait. . . I mean, Hurrah for guys reading!

Louis Sachar comes to Bellingham!

How often do you get a chance to see a famous person in real life? Yow! And I bet most of us have at least heard his books: Holes, of course, but also Sideways Stories from Wayside School, its sequels, and other fun books like There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.

UPDATE-Louis Sachar came to Bellingham and read from his new book, Small Steps. It was great! I saw Christian there. Wish more of you could have come! Maybe next time!

December/January Book Post – Following Fake Man

Our December/January book will be Following Fake Man, by Barbara Ware Holmes. It is a mystery, with a good mix of humor and a bit of seriousness, as well. It comes highly recommended by our librarian, Mrs. B., and I am excited because it will be the first book we’ve read so far that I haven’t read previously. There are many copies in the TMC library.

A bit of a low turn-out for last night’s meeting (one guy; it can’t get much lower!). With all the reschedules, and the time of year, I understand. Hopefully, we’ll be back on track come January. If you missed last night’s meeting, please write your thoughts about Joey Pigza on the post for that book. Then we can all continue to discuss it.

November’s Book Post – Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Success! Yesterday we met for our first Guys Read Club meeting, with outstanding results. We had a founding group of three guys and three moms. Hopefully we will grow both larger and closer in the coming months.

Our November book is Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, by Jack Gantos, a finalist for a National Book Award. It’s genre is contemporary realistic fiction. In regular English, that means it’s set in the present (the “contemporary” part), and could happen (that’s the “realistic” part), but it’s made up (fiction).

Use this post to bring up issues, discuss favorite parts, or simply express your excitement about the book. It’s like the club is meeting in cyberspace, and the meeting lasts a month.

Remember! Don’t spoil the story for others who might not be as far as you! If you write about a part of the book that might spoil something, let us know by writing “SPOILER” and the chapter number (some copies have different pages) at the top of your comment. That way we can skip it if we haven’t gotten to that part yet, and come back to it later. Get it?

Have fun!