Kafka, just for fun

Can this really be a trend? Teen-agers who enjoy reading are forming book clubs, reports the Washington Post.

“A lot of the kids [in BookDivas.com] came back and said, ‘I didn’t mind being a little bit of a nerd who reads all day, but it’s great to know there’s a million nerds out there who read like me,’ ” said Mark Schiller, co-founder of Electric Artists.

This summer, the Ellicott City teenagers have tackled such works as “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson. Next up: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

“We all read, and we all talk about the books that we read, but we never read the same stuff,” said Kate Flanagan, 17, a senior at Centennial High School who came up with the idea for the book club with two friends shortly before last school year ended in June. “This kind of gives us a base we can start from in conversation.”

Teen Reads, which has advice on starting a book club, seems to be focused on middle school readers. (The site does feature I Capture the Castle, which is a good read for older kids and adults.) I get more traffic than Seventeen magazine’s Book Divas site. Still, even this is a mini-trend for the most literate teen-agers, it’s all for the good.

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