As always, I am very excited to announce the Generation Joshua Book Club reading list, and I am especially excited for 2012! This year, we will be accepting book reviews from participating students. These will not be graded, but each month the best review will be published right here on Liberty’s Call!
We are focusing on Classic English literature, meaning, all of the books, with one exception, were written by well known, and sometimes obscure, English authors! What, you may ask, is the exception? Watch the video below, and if that doesn’t get you excited for our September book, I don’t know what will!
Les Miserables! Victor Hugo’s classic work is a stark, sad, beautiful tale of the human spirit, and an awesome way to start up the year for book club! Let’s take a look at the rest of the list!
October: Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Our October book is a classic tale of love, duty, and redemption, and packs more than a few thrilling, chilling twists! For any guys who are thinking “Hey, this looks like a girls book.” trust me, it’s worth checking out. I can also highly recommend the recent film adaption starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. But seriously, read the book first.
Journey through the Pyrenees mountains to the Mediterranean coast of Italy, meeting strange wanderers, Italian Brigands and so much more! Young Emily St. Aubert is taken prisoner, and trapped in a mysterious castle. Are the strange goings on just coincidence, or something far more sinister? Find out when you read our November book!
December: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
A lesser known work of Jane Austen’s, this book has an eerie tie to The Mysteries of Udolpho!
January: The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Considered to be the first ever spy novel, this book takes you on an adventure to the Baltic Sea, dealing with daring sailing and secret German invasion plots!
February: The Moonstone By Wilkie Collins
Another first, the Moonstone is thought to be the first example of a detective novel! Young Rachel Verinder is given a beautiful diamond from her Uncle, a Colonel in the British Army who served in India. But there is a dark secret attached to the stone, and there are men who will stop at nothing to get their hands on it! After the stone goes missing at her eighteenth birthday party, Rachel must solve the mystery of The Moonstone, while you get to enjoy a lesser known, but truly groundbreaking moment in world literature!
March: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
This is a classic story of evil and corruption. This is an excellent book for all you young philosophers and theologians out there, and should start many deep, compelling discussions. Heart of Darkness is extremely well written, and uses several fascinating literary devices as it takes you on a journey down a dark river and into the deepest places of the human soul.
April: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
A true classic children’s story, and one of my all time favorites this exciting tale follows the adventures of a thrill seeking, talking toad and his mole companion! What else do you need to know to get excited for this book?
May: The Thirty Nine-Steps by John Buchan
Another spy novel, this book again deals with a secret plot to invade England. Featuring deductive reasoning that would make Sherlock Holmes proud, and a thrilling conclusion, you don’t want to miss out on this one!
June: Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
A true classic of English literature, serving as both a rich, character driven narrative and a fascinating psychological evaluation of different people and how they tick, this is an excellent book to finish the year with a bang!
And there you have it, the 2012 Generation Joshua Book Club list! Check out our website for scheduling of the chats, information as to what is expected of a book review, as well as the Book Club Forum, where you can discuss this years list and other books with your fellow bookworms! Happy reading!