photo by Sully Minnick
Taking the initiative to start an entirely new club from scratch seems like a daunting task. However, this did not deter the founding members of the school’s first ever book club.
Seniors Elizabeth Knapp and Hajra Sohail were among the founders of the new book club, which held its first meeting Oct. 22. They, along with some of their peers formed the idea from a conversation in their Latin class.
“We were thinking it’d be such a great idea to form a book club because we’re all avid readers and we love to read,” said Knapp. “We thought, why not form a book club?
“There’s never been one at Cedar Crest before, so we thought it would be a fun experience.”
The process for the formation of the book club was relatively simple. While they needed to fill out some paperwork, their biggest task was finding an adviser and space for the club to meet.
“We thought it would take longer and maybe there would be more formal things, but since it’s after school, it’s really not that bad,” said Sohail. “There weren’t many challenges to it.”
The book club determines what books to read based on a theme, with the first theme being “Spooky.” The next book they will read is “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris, which follows the suspicious goings-on of a seemingly average couple.
“At first the reader thinks that it’s just a perfect couple, and they’re so happy,” said Sohail. “The audience has to find out what’s going on at the end of the book.”
The book club plans to meet in the library the first Monday of every month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The next meeting, where they will discuss this book and choose one for the next meeting, is Nov. 19.
“We thought it would be the best area,” said Knapp. “It’s the most quiet and I just think it’s the best surroundings to read.”
As of now, the book club has around 15 members, but students can join at any point during the year. All students are invited, regardless of their reading habits.
“Everybody’s welcome,” said Knapp. “It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid reader or if you don’t read a lot, just come and see if you like our club.”