Diman Book Club

  • Advisor: Mr. Byrnes

    Welcome to Diman's book club! We meet every other week after school on Wednesdays in the library to talk about what we're reading, discuss books to seek out or avoid, help Mr. Byrnes decide on new books for the library, and eat cookies!

    All are welcome - students, teachers, and staff. 

    Next meeting - Wednesday, 5/8/19 after school in the library.

Recent Reads

  • The following is a list of books recommended by our members in recent meetings. Last updated 5/1/19.

    Unless otherwise noted, we have the book in our library collection.

    From the April 10 meeting:

    • The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black (not in the library)
      Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
    • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (not in the library)
      Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

    • Dune, by Frank Hebert (not in the library)
      Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the 'spice' melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos.

    • The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk Wallace Johnson
      A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief.

    • Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas
      With Aelin locked in an iron coffin by Queen of the Fae, Maeve, Aedion and Lysandra struggle to defend Terrasen, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian face their own fates, and Rowan seeks his captured wife and queen. 

    • One of Us Is Lying, by Karen McManus
      When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.

    • L8R G8R, by Lauren Myracle
      Throughout their senior year in high school, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela continue to share "instant messages" with one another about their day-to-day experiences as they consider college, sex, the importance of prom, and the inevitable end of their inseparable trio.

    • Enders, by Lissa Price
      With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders, but Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves.

    • Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds
      As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
       
    • Dreams of Gods and Monsters, by Liani Taylor
      From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

     

    Before the most recent meeting:

    • Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
      Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.
       
    • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (not available in the library)
      Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

      Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

    • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke (not available in the library)
      Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as
    • .eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

      Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
       
    • Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Liani Taylor
      Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

    • The Diabolic, by S.J. Kincaid
      Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy's most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator's daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.
       
    • Dreamology, by Lucy Keating
      Alice, having fallen in love with Max, who has appeared only in her dreams, is shocked to find him sitting next to her in class and nothing like the boy she has met while asleep. As they get to know each other, strange things from their dreams start to happen in real life and they are forced to find a way to make it stop/
       
    • If You Come Softly, by Jacqueline Woodson
      After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.

    • Jackaby, by William Ritter
      Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

    • Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger (not available in the library)
      Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

      In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

    • The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski
      Geralt de Rivia, a cunning sorcerer and ruthless assassin, travels the world, fighting monsters and demons and searching for the evil that threatens to destroy everything.

    • Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds
      As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

    • The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien (not available in the library)
      The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. 
       
    • Tower of Dawn, by Sarah Maas (book 6 of the Tower of Glass series)
      Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica--the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them. But what they discover in Antica will change them both--and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
       
    • Starters, by Lissa Price
      In a world decimated by a viral outbreak where desperate teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to experience youth again, orphan Callie rents out her body only to discover that her renter is planning to commit a murder.
       
    • We Are the Ants, by Shaun David Hutchinson
      Henry Denton has been abducted by aliens on several occasions over the years. His boyfriend killed himself, his mom barely makes ends meet, his brother is an unemployed dropout with a baby on the way, and his grandmother is losing her battle with Alzheimer's. When aliens tell Henry the world is about to end, he has 144 days to decide whether to push the button that will save Earth or welcome the end of his miserable, messed-up life.
       
    • What You Left Me, by Bridget Morrisey (not in the library)
      Martin and Petra meet for the first time at graduation, and though they’ve shared the halls of their high school for four years without crossing paths, there’s an instant connection the moment they’re seated next to each other at the commencement ceremony.