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 snacks!

    All are welcome - students, teachers, and staff. Join the club at any time, even if you haven't ever attended a meeting in the past. 

    To be clear - we don't read specific books like a traditional book club. We're just a bunch of book lovers that get together to talk about what we're reading and book-related shows and movies.

    Google Classroom Code - c6xrwxm

    We meet monthly, with meeting dates decided on the Google Classroom.

Recent Reads

  • The following is a list of books recommended by our members in recent meetings. Last updated 3/8/23.

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


    • Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
    • Deep in Providence by Riss Neilson
    • Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
    • How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
    • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
    • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    • Hell Bent: A Novel by Leigh Bardugo 
    • Not So Pure and Simple by Korey Jackson


    • Goddess by Josephine Angelini
    • Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki
    • And I Darken by Kiersten White
    • Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
    • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
    • It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover
    • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
    • Parasite Life by Victoria Dalpe
    • Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
    • Deep in Providence by Riss Neilson
    • Not So Pure and Simple by Korey Jackson


    • The Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
    • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
    • The School For Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook by Soman Chainani
    • Your Heart My Sky by Margarita Engle
    • Stargirl by Jerry Spinnelli 
    • Warriors series by Erin Hunter
    • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Bouley
    • Game of Strength & Storm by Rachel Menard


    • Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis
    • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
    • Grow by Tiffany Jackson
    • Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
    • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    • Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix


    • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
    • The Shining by Stephen King
    • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
    • The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir
    • Fallen series by Tom Sniegoski
    • Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    • Fault in Our Stars by John Green


    • We're Not from Here by Geoff Rodkey
    • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
    • Night Shift Dragons by Rachel Aaron
    • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
    • Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

    3/4/20 - No theme

    • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
    • Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
    • The Toll by Neil Schusterman
    • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
    • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by by Cassandra Clare

    1/22/20 - No theme

    • 1491 by Charles C. Mann
    • The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
    • The Enemy by Charlie Higson
    • Queen of Shadows by Sarah Maas
    • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
    • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

    12/18/19 - Theme - Romance

    • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    • Frosted Kisses by Kailin Gow

     11/13/19 - Theme - HORROR

    • Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White 
    • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
    • Department 19 by Will Hill
    • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
    • Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead by Chris Pauls
    • Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas

    From our October 16, 2019 meeting:

    • 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.

    • Fallen, by Lauren Kate (not in the library)
      17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

    • The Hate List, by Jennifer Brown
      Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.
    • It, by Stephen King
      In 1985, six men and one woman are called back to Derry, Maine search for a creature of unspeakable evil that had stalked them as children.

    • Ranger’s Apprentice series, by John Flanagan
      (Description of the first book, The Ruins of Gorlan) When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
    • Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
      In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard --a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
    • The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon
      Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.
    • Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco
      Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a highborn Victorian young lady, is determined to understand the nature of death after her own mother's death and as she is secretly apprenticing in forensics she finds herself embroiled in the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper.


    From the April 10, 2019 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 4/10/19:

    • 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.


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