As the temperature drops and the leaves take on beautiful shades of gold, orange and cherry, It’s the perfect time to relax with a good book. Many local book groups have formed in the time of COVID — or gone virtual — so here are just a handful of groups to inspire your reading.
Rainbow reads book club
This inclusive book club focuses on spotlighting LGBTQ+ characters. The first meeting will take place on October 22 at 6:30 p.m., so it’s not too late to register! Hosted by the Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Resource Center, readers will discuss Jacob Tobia’s 2019 novel, Sissy: a gender story through Zoom. Join Facebook at www.facebook.com/lgbtcommunitycenter to participate!
BYO book club
Is your ideal book club a stress-free environment where you can choose the book you want to read without feeling pressured to read a book selected by others that you’re not interested in? This book club thinks so too! Discuss your latest five-star read virtually every third Saturday of the month via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. E-mail [email protected] to share and recommend your favorites for 2020!
Adventures in History Virtual Book Club
If you like history and reading, then this book club is for you! Adventures in History meets once a month to discuss historical fiction via Zoom. Next on their list is Erik Larson’s novel, Le Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance during the Blitz. The meeting will take place on November 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
One Read Eau Claire
This 12-month, 12-book series, dedicated to exposing the community to more inclusive discussions on 15 topics selected by the Eau Claire community during the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, has gone virtual. The next books are transgender history by Susan Stryker and Breaking the Silence: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Great War in Afghanistan by Ted Barris. Hosted by PRIDE/LGBTQ+ Center of the Chippewa Valley, Uniting Bridges and UW-Eau Claire, visit the BlueJeans link on Nov. 7 from 1-3 p.m. to share your thoughts.
Difficult Subjects Book Club
The title of this book club for 18+ says it all: expand your knowledge and get out of your comfort zone by reading about difficult topics in a supportive environment. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so the book club will be discussing No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder on October 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required, so send an e-mail [email protected] to participate.