Just in time for those wintry nights spent cooped up inside, the E.B. Book Club is here to fill the void. I’ve wanted to offer this for a long time (for obvious reasons) so I’m excited to finally take the first step. I hope you’ll not only be more motivated to read, but actively engage in the text and broaden your literary horizons. 

How it will work: this is a bi-monthly book club, which means you’ll have two months to read the book (we’re all busy adults, so I figured the more time the better. This may change to a monthly format in the future.) You’ll want to join the official discussion group on Facebook to participate and become a member. On the last day of the two month reading period we will discuss it and I will announce the next book on the 1st.

Book Club picks will range from fiction to nonfiction and include classics, contemporary, YA, true crime and more. The selection offered will be as eclectic as possible to appeal to all tastes and open up new interests.

Volume 1: The Book Thief 

For the first ever E.B. Book Club selection—I ran a Twitter poll to select it—we’re reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Here is a brief synopsis:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

You can purchase the book here, download a digital copy or visit your local book store or library. I’m not a big YA fan (don’t worry, I’ve stopped being snobby about it…) but I’ve heard good things about this book so I’m pretty stoked to dig in. We’ll reconvene on the Facebook group at the end of January. Currently we already have 47 members in our group and we’re still accepting more! Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be joining us. Happy reading!

If you choose to post about this on social media, please use the hashtag #EBbookclub.

Written by Rebecca Ritchey

Your resident book eater.