A month ago, a friend of mine and I went on a long overdue date to Boiler Room for pizza, beers, and shots of whiskey. Well into our second glass and second slice, we got to talking about books we're reading, books we want to read, and books in general. I mentioned that I had joined a neighborhood book club at the Book Cellar, but that after my first meeting, I just didn't feel like it was my scene, and I have not returned. Since moving to Chicago, I've been saying (repeatedly, in passing) that I should form a book club with some of my crew here - but the thought is often fleeting, and nothing has ever come of it. But Stephanie (my aformentioned friend) had just enough enthusiasm and excitement for the book club idea that we had a few working lunches and have offically formed what we have donned the Broke Book Club!
BBC will be a monthly gathering of Chicago friends. The name implies that we are going to be meeting on the fly, and on the cheap. We request and suggest that our members either read borrowed or used copies of the books we have picked so that we aren't actually paying for the books themselves. We're also going to be doing themed activities with the club; for example, should we read Julia Child's My Life in France, we'd like to organize a French themed potluck picnic for our book club meeting that month.
Our first book we've selected is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm already 60 pages in, and I can't put it down!