Bring Your Own Book Club (BYOB) has started up again on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9 p.m. in the faculty-in-residence apartment, Clinton Hall 223.
Each week, students meet in a casual atmosphere to discuss what they are currently reading and what they like to read. They also play literature related games, including Bring Your Own Book. This game is similar to Apples to Apples; however, you have to use the books that you have to answer the prompt. Occasionally, there will also be a literature-themed movie night.
Treats are also provided for each meeting. Brownies and cookies are a staple for food. There will also be themed nights, and the food will reflect the theme.
Ashley McHose is the creator of BYOB, and lives in the faculty-in-residence apartment in which the club takes place.
“I joined a book club myself, sort of similar to this, when I was in grad school going for my masters,” McHose said. “It started as a typical book club where you all had to read the same book and come in once a month, but we found that no one was able to read the books because we were grad students. We were so busy; we could never get through the whole book.”
As a group, they decided to change the book club into a setting where they could bring whatever they were reading and enjoying at the time and discuss it.
“When I became faculty-in-residence, I was seeing that a lot of students were busy and didn’t have a lot of time to come to the programs,” McHose said. “So, I started BYOB as a place where they could talk about whatever books they were reading at the time without the obligation of having another set reading to add to their extensive list.”
BYOB started in January, and continued through winter and May term.
A goal for the group is to get more students as well as faculty and staff involved in BYOB.
“Last semester we didn’t really get the word out to faculty and staff,” McHose said. “This year it is a goal of mine to get more faculty and staff involved.”
Even if a student does not like to read for fun, they can still get involved in BYOB. The group also discusses TV shows and what they are currently watching.
McHose’s apartment door opens at 7:30 p.m.. If a student cannot get there directly at 7:30 p.m. or cannot stay until 9 p.m., that is acceptable.
“People are welcome to come and go as they please,” McHose said. “Sometimes they can come at 7:30 but have to leave at 8 for work, or vice versa. They’ll get off at like 8:30 and come for a half hour. It’s really casual.”
If you are interested in joining BYOB or have more questions about club, contact McHose at email@example.com.