From Hula Hoops to bath salts, its never been easy to keep up with what the kids are doing.
Thats why RABID (Reading Alternative Books in Durango), a group of Durango High School students who meet every Thursday, is such a refreshing bunch. They like books. Specifically, they like science fiction, fantasy and horror books, but that covers most of what catches the eyes of young readers nowadays.
Usually we get completely off subject, but the conversation is still amazingly helpful, said RABID member Taylor Dunlop.
If we do get off subject, its to focus on a point that was made, and then expanded on until the original question is forgotten, and were lost in our own far-off worlds creating magic of our own.
Former DHS student Quirt Lewis founded RABID last year (hes still a member), and DHS librarian Steve Powell facilitates the groups meetings. During Thanksgiving break, RABID met at Marias Bookshop, and some members shared their Top 5 books and why:
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter allows readers of any and all ages to connect to the characters, keep an open mind, learn, love and be human. Its a summary of the morals our society holds.
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon A fantastic read for those who want to learn more about people with disabilities or are just looking for an interesting read that will inspire them in more than a few ways.
3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire For a reader who wants a bit of action, romance, adventure, school drama, family and passion in their books, this is the one.
4. Paper Towns by John Green Depending on what the reader wants from a book, they can get it from this exciting book that draws the reader in with every word.
5. Everythings Eventual by Stephen King This book is scary, heart-breaking and intellectual all at once, making it impossible for the reader to look away, no matter how much he or she wants to.
1. Abarat series by Clive Barker This book shows creativity and imagination are important because there are paintings in the book the author paints himself as well as the importance to having a good back bone, no matter what your background.
2. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire Though very teen-oriented, it shows the power of teamwork and how huge adversaries like demons and your own father can be taken down if you work at it.
3. Abandon by Blake Crouch This is a thriller novel, but it shows the power of the imagination and reminds us how we are human in some gruesome ways.
4. Run by Blake Crouch Another thriller novel that tells us how to not give in to peer pressure and listen to your heart, not something made up or in the skies (not pointed at religion, its a star catastrophe).
5. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins Repeated, but this series shows how society has huge flaws, and the only way to fix it is to stand up for yourself and never back down, no matter what people tell you.
1. The Harry Potterseries This series is eternal I can read it again and again and find new meaning every time, connect with the fantastic characters and immerse myself in the rich wizarding world.
2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Tolkiens extremely imaginative fantasy is a fantastic adventure that I believe anyone of any age can enjoy and read at any time in their lives.
3. The His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman These books have a unique spin on fantasy, growing up, and the nature of organized religion that I have yet to find in any book, and are extremely well-written to say the least.
4. Carrie by Stephen King It might not be considered Kings greatest work, but every high school student should read it and understand the consequences of harassment, exclusion and bullying that King portrays, and then learn from it.
5. The Angel Experiment, Schools Out Forever, and Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson The first three books in the Maximum Ride series are witty, fast-paced, entertaining, and mysterious, making for three of my favorite books.
1. The Harry Potter series They really are my favorite books of all time. The characters are so believable, and through reading the books, you feel you have a connection with them all. J.K. Rowling may have written them geared toward children, but she has captured the hearts and imaginations of a much bigger audience which most certainly includes myself.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins This series is full of twists and turns, and there is never a dull moment. The perfect mix of romance and action will not disappoint. This series is truly one of a kind.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis This is another series I loved in its entirety. Lewis created a complete world that was utterly magical. I need frequent reality checks because I still find myself looking for ways to get there.
4. Into the Woods by Lyn Gardener Everyone loves the fairy tales that we remember from our childhood. Yet sooner or later we grow out of them. This book allowed me to revisit these stories in a new and more adult way, and I absolutely adored the chance to do so.
5. The Shining by Stephen King This book, in my opinion, is a perfect example of what horror should be. It left me not only chilled to the bone and awake for many nights, but also astounded at how well -constructed and well-written it really was.
1. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud These books are worth a read with an intriguing main character and a plot that develops nicely through the course of the trilogy.
2. The Sword-Dancer Saga by Jennifer Roberson Great insights into what it is to be a man or a woman. Good love story, with plenty of action to boot.
3. Song of Albion Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead The solid writing makes this trilogy good, but the last few paragraphs of the third book make it great.
4. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan I am only halfway through this book, and it is already on this list. No book has ever made me feel so invested in its characters so quickly.
5. The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory With a really cool take on magic and a solid everything else, this is the series that comes to mind when people ask what my favorite fantasy books are.
1. Eragon series by Christopher Paolini.
2. Dragons of Deltora by Emily Rodda.
3. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
4. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.
5. Matched by Ally Condie.