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The Book Project

Jerard Moulzolf

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First swap

Photo by Alexa Moulzolf
First swap

Two girls, four months, thirty-four books. Can they do it? Alexa Moulzolf and Claudia Scherer (me) have started a journey of reading thirty-four books by the time the 2015-2016 school year ends. We  just started, Alexa with a book called This is Where it Ends and I with Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman.

The first two books of the project

Photo by Claudia Scherer
The first two books of the project

The idea started in Barnes and Noble, where Alexa and I had gone together. I took a picture of every book that sounded good and bet that Alexa couldn’t finish all of the books by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Alexa and her competitive spirit accepted and dared me to do the same. My love for a good bet (which has gotten me in trouble many times) took over and suggested that we have wagers if one of us couldn’t complete the task. Suddenly, a bulb went off in my brain, and an amazing idea took shape. I explained my genius plan. Every Sunday we were going to go to Barnes and Noble and each get a book. We would read that book, and trade every Wednesday to make the deadline. Once we got in Alexa’s mom’s car, I created an Instagram page and discussed the plan. We plan to create a YouTube channel where we will discuss the books that were read that week. Our first switch was on Wednesday, March 2nd. Alexa and I swapped in the morning and stopped at Barnes & Noble when Alexa drove me home. We got two books each this time. I got It’s All Your Fault and The Third Twin, and Alexa got Kill the Boy Band and Eleanor & Park.  We try our best, but between sports and school, reading two books a week is pretty hard. We have had to postpone swaps already and now have to play it by ear. However, though challenging at times, it is not as hard as it may seem.  According to Alexa, we will still read more in a year than some people will in their lifetimes.

Claudia reading the second book

Photo by Alexa Moulzolf
Claudia reading the second book

This idea will take a lot of work and determination to complete, and there is no way to know for sure whether we will finish.  In the end we are only book-obsessed girls with energy, an idea, and a hopeful future.

 

 


 

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