Katie Lauren-Finn

Our October reading month finished with some spooky tales with members choosing to read a variety of horror novels from Goosebumps to The Woman in Black. Each month we are choosing our Book of the Month from the novels that our members choose to read. Our October Book of the Month was Bird Box written by Josh Malerman and brought along by book club member Charlotte O’Connor. Congratulations to Charlotte for being our first Book of the Month winner!

After the meeting we discussed what November’s reading month should be and a couple of days later we were excited to announce our November reading genre: Coming-of-Age.

Coming-of-Age novels centre around the psychological and sometimes moral growth of the narrator from youth to adulthood.

With many bildungsroman novels in the book stores such as one of my favourites The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and even classic novels such as Emma by Jane Austen it isn’t difficult to find one you can fall in love with.

Why do we love coming-of-age novels?

“It gives the reader a very human take on something that we all inevitably go through and that human element is what I like. It’s also open to interpretations. Some people come of age in their teens, some much later.” – Ellie, Vice-Secretary

For me it’s all about the journey. I think that when you read a story you experience it completely different to how someone else might read it. The journey you take when reading coming-of-age is even more exciting because the narrator is going on a personal journey themselves.

Our members are enjoyed reading their chosen coming-of-age novels with Daniel Senior saying “It’s not something I’d usually read but that’s the reason I joined the book club and I’m really enjoying it” about Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing Helen Day is vicariously taking part in our book club. Each month when we reveal our chosen genre she chooses a book, this month it’s What Masie Knew by Henry James. Helen told us “I’ve been meaning to read it for years – so thanks again!”. Encouraging people to read novels that have been on their ‘to read’ list is exactly what we want members to get out of the book club.

Want to read a Coming-of-Age novel and don’t know where to start? Here’s my top 5 Coming-of-age novels list to get you on your way!

  1. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  2. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  4. Infinite Sky – J. Flood
  5. The Catcher in the Rye – D. Salinger

November’s Book Club was….Novembers Book of the Month being…blah blah written by blah blah, brought along by blah blah.

Want to find out about December’s reading genre? Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/uclanbookclub/ and come along to our month meetings. Get ready for our Christmas Event too!

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