The Everyday Parisian Book Club is back! If you have been reading the blog for a while, I started a book club in 2017. It has been one of the most requested traditions to bring back to the blog.
The concept is simple: on the first of each month, I will recommend a book I love and want to recommend to the Everyday Parisian community. While this is a French-themed blog, not all have to focus on that theme. I tend to read WWII books set in Europe and know I must vary my selections.
From the past book club below.
When I was a kid, I loved to read books. I would stay up late reading Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High. While visiting my niece at the end of last year, I noticed how much she loved to read. A book travels with her wherever she goes: to dinner, on a car ride, or just for a quick errand. She typically reads two chapter books weekly and falls asleep with a book in her hand. I love her and her joy of reading. My niece typically reads two chapter books a week!
It has been a while since I have been into reading, and my niece inspired me to read more. Over Christmas break and in January, I focused on reading and looking for books for the book club. I found myself reading more and less mindless scrolling on social media.
If you are in one of those book-challenging phases, I hope this encourages you to pick up a book again. I have also been asking friends more often what they are reading lately so I can get more book ideas. It helps spark a fun conversation.
My goal for the book club is to build the EDP community around books and encourage you to read more. The books are hand-selected by me to transport you, make you think, and educate you. It is an extension of links I love on Sundays.
You may not like every book I select, and that is okay. If you don’t like it, suggest something different for the next month. A few books have already been chosen for the year; others are open for newly published books in the pipeline of 2024 and old classics. We will ride the wave of books and see what we discover together. I encourage you to give feedback so I can make this book club thrive.
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow was a book recommended by a woman at my dance studio. She worked at Barnes and Noble and mentioned that this was THE book everyone was raving about. I had never heard about it until she mentioned it. The book is about friendship, love, and growth. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is centered around gaming and building video games. Do not let this throw you if you have little to no interest in gaming. I quickly fell in love with the characters, and not to spoil any point in the book, but I cried multiple times. It was emotional, and one of the topics I loved most that they covered was the fear of failure and growth.
With February being a month centered around love for Valentine’s Day, I thought this was a great book to read. It is a love story on so many different levels.
“You try again. You fail better.”
The idea of the book club is not to burn your bank account. Reserve the book at the library or borrow it from a friend. I have a copy if you are in Chicago. I am happy to share mine. Discover a local bookshop in your neighborhood or buy it online.
I can’t wait to see the book club evolve over the next year. There has been a request for virtual events, I am open to doing a book club chat with wine in February if anyone is interested.
I encourage you to share what and when you are reading. If you are on social, you can use the hashtag #edpbookclub. I would love to share photos of you reading worldwide and encourage others to do the same.
Please comment below and share a book you enjoyed, and I will consider it for a future book club book. If you have already read this month’s book, you can use the list below to choose something new to read.