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Hey friends! Do you like to read? Interested in reading more? How about joining a local book club! Here's a few to explore:

Ultimate Book Nerd Challenge

Goal: Read 50 books from a different category in one year

Timing: Self-paced throughout the year

Open to: Ages 13 and up; people under age 12 read 30 books

The Ultimate Book Nerd (UBN) Challenge is an annual reading challenge through the Boise Public Library. In short, people are challenged to read 50 books in a year, with each book falling into one of 50 outlined categories. Books, e-books & audiobooks count!

The categories are pretty broad to super specific. Some categories for the 2023 challenge include a how-to book, a book from a little free library, a fantasy book, a book of nature writing, a western, a book where the narrator is not the main character, a book by an award-winning Canadian author, a book with "Rain" in the title, a book that takes place on a boat, etc.

There's also a very active Facebook group for book recommendations and such.

More info at boisepubliclibrary.org/programs-services/booknerd

Treasure Valley Reads

Goal: A bunch of people in our community reads the same book

Timing: Self-paced throughout the year

Open to: Anyone

What if an entire community read the same book? Treasure Valley Reads is a community-wide reading project that has been around since 2001 and challenges anyone who live in the valley to read the same book.

Treasure Valley Reads 2023 book is Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family by Madhushree Ghosh. They have events related to the book happening throughout the year.

More info at www.readmetv.com

Boise Philharmonic Book Club

Goal: Read one page of Year of Wonder each day of the year

Timing: One page per day for one year; optional meetings

Open to: Anyone interested in a short daily read and/or learning more about classical music

Boise Phil's book club is centered around the book Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill. The book introduces you to one piece of music each day of the year, selected from across genres, time periods, and composers.

This book club is very flexible. Simply read one page a day and listen to the corresponding song. Boise Phil makes this very easy to do by having a monthly playlist.

There is a group meeting every month, alternating in-person and virtually. Also the March meeting is happening tomorrow, March 1, and it's virtual so feel free to drop in and see what it's all about!

More info at boisephil.org/bookclub

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Lunchtime Shorts Book Club

Goal: Short stories for busy people

Timing: Monthly

Open to: Anyone

This is a book club through Rediscovered Books, made for busy people! Each month read a short story and join a 45min lunchtime meeting to discuss it. You can participate every month or only on the months when you have time. No long term commitment required!

Here's how it works: at the beginning of the month a book is chosen and meeting time is set. Read the book and register for the meeting – it's $25 and includes a $5 voucher to the meeting spot.

Wed March 29: Lunchtime Shorts Book Club Meeting

More info at www.rdbooks.org/open-bookclubs

Food for Thought Book Club

Goal: Read a book about food/explore a cookbook + bring a dish from the book to share

Timing: Monthly

Open to: Anyone

This is another book club through Rediscovered Books, made for people who like food! Each month explore a cookbook or book about food, then join a meeting where you bring a dish from the book & enjoy it with your club mates. Fun!

Here's how it works: at the beginning of a the month a book is chosen and meeting time is set. Read the book and register for the meeting. These are $35 and include a $5 voucher to the meeting spot. You can participate every month or on a month where you have time. No long term commitment required!

There's two Food For Thought Book Club meetings, one in Boise and on in Caldwell. The Caldwell meeting is at Olive and Vyne and includes a wine tasting.

Th March 30: Food For Thought Book Club (Boise)

Th March 30: Food For Thought Book Club (Caldwell)

More info at www.rdbooks.org/open-bookclubs

Latinx Book Club

Goal: Read a recent book written by an author of Latin heritage

Timing: Monthly

Open to: Anyone

Another book club through Rediscovered Books. This one is dedicated to reading & discussing books written by Latino and Latina authors in the past three years.

Here's how it works: at the beginning of a the month a book is chosen and meeting time is set. Read the book and register for the meeting. These meetings are in Caldwell. Registration is $25 and includes a $5 voucher to the meeting spot. You can participate every month or on a month where you have time. No long term commitment required!

Th March 16: Rediscovered Books LatinX Book Club

More info at www.rdbooks.org/open-bookclubs


Boise Books and Bites

Goal: Meet new people, read different books, and try new coffee shops/restaurants/breweries around Boise

Timing: Monthly

Open to: Anyone

This is a casual book club to read books and try new places to eat around Boise! Each month they meet in a new location for a meal and book discussion.

More info at www.meetup.com/boise-books-and-bites

Boise Book Club

Goal: Read a new book each month & get together to discuss

Timing: Monthly

Open to: Women in Boise

This is a more traditional book club that has a book of the month with monthly meetings to get together and discuss. A great place to meet other women in Boise who like to read!

More info at www.instagram.com/boisebookclub

Boise Banned Book Club

Goal: Read books that have been banned from schools/libraries

Timing: Monthly

Open to: Anyone that aligns with their outlined values

This is a book club dedicated to reading books that are on ban lists. Every month has a new book to read, and a monthly meet up somewhere in the Treasure Valley to discuss. They have club values that they ask people to review before joining.

More info at www.instagram.com/boisebannedbookclub

Alsoooo before you fire off an email to me complaining that this is political or something like that, please ask yourself these questions: Did Marissa make this book club? Does she have anything to do with this book club, or is she simply relaying information to me, for free, about things that exist in Boise like she does every single week? :)

Boise books

A few books set in Boise (or close by) to add to your reading list:

And here's more lists of books by Idaho authors.

My fave books & recent reads

Just a few books that I love and/or read recently and enjoyed:

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • The Scent Keeper’s Daughter by Erica Bauermeister
  • The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Any other book clubs that we all should know about? Any must-read books to share? Let me know! Hit reply or email me at marissa@fromboise.com

Thanks for reading!

With love from Boise,

Marissa

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