Well, it’s July… and we’ve got tons to talk about this month!
First of all, yours truly (el presidente) became a Goodreads Librarian. No big deal. I also figured out that the UBC anniversary is October 3rd, so this coming October will be our third anniversary! A celebratory party is order, obviously. I also found a really old Excel document revealing that our first meeting had nine members and six of which are still in book club (although one of them is leaving us soon… more on that later).
I also finally wrote a much-requested series of book club “how to” posts – how to start a book club, how to run a book club meeting, and how to make your book club successful. This comes as a great time since we have an Atlantic Chapter and Colorado Chapter potentially starting up! UBC goes international, y’all…
Moving on to something more sentimental… we stumbled upon this amazing article in the Washington Post about a book club – just like ours -that has been going strong for 50 years. I laughed, cried and thanked my lucky stars for my amazing book club girls! They’ve read 600 books! Incredible.
We also want to say a massive thank you to all our readers. Since we started this little blog in October (around our two-year anniversary), our readership has exponentially increased. Thank you thank you thank you!
Now that all that jazz is out of the way… let’s get to the point of this post – our new book pick! We met at The Buzz on Bank Street last night to discuss Kristy’s pick, Me Before You. It was our 33rd meeting, but it was our first at a restaurant/bar (we always meet at a member’s house). Thankfully it worked out pretty well!
Kristy will post a recap of our discussion and thoughts on Me Before You shortly, but in the mean time you can all get excited for July’s book – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov!
You might recall the above photo and the post where I bid farewell to Sian in January. Well… she’s the girl who cried wolf, because she moved back to Ottawa, if only temporarily. Now we’re sending her off again (for real this time), to Dalhousie Law School in Halifax. We thought it appropriate that she pick a book before she left us. This is her third pick (because she’s a founding member), having previously chosen The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. and The Sense of an Ending. She has a great book-picking track record, and plans to team up with Brigitte to start the Atlantic Chapters of the UBC.
As for the Colorado Chapter I mentioned, unfortunately another member is off to conquer bigger and better things – Niamh is moving to Colorado for grad school. We’ll miss her dearly but are hoping she’ll read along with us!
That’s all for this month! What are you reading this summer?