Lockdown really gave us the chance to turn to our bookshelves and pick up the book we bought 3 years ago and have yet to actually touch. In this very odd moment we’re (and still are) living in, people picked up new hobbies and/ or continued and bettered themselves at the ones they already had. For us, and a bunch of our members, we picked up the books off our shelves, bought new ones online or made socially-distanced book exchanges with our friends. We at the society wanted to share that moment with each other. It seemed pretty hard to stay connected with all our uni friends when a lot of us moved back home, so we dived into this book club as a way to remain connected.
Each week a new member took over and sent in a book along with a few comments about it and we would post it on our Instagram page. We posted with the book a few questions on the post itself but also on our Instagram stories. Each week we engaged with each other around a new book and whilst it wasn’t the classic sit down and discuss a book, many of us know about from English Literature seminars, there was still a feel of that. This was just a small thing we did over lockdown/ summer to keep connected. It was fun to see what we were all reading outside of our course. To conclude the book club and make way for the events of the new society year, we asked for some of members for their favourite summer reads and we got a few and made a spread about them. This felt really nice to conclude what was a very odd summer. Personally, I learnt a lot about my reading habits over the summer and I hope I can stick to reading my course material at the same pace as I did (possibly an ambitious promise)
All the posts remain on our Instagram page so you can check them out at this link: http://instagram.com/ljmu_litsociety (follow us to whilst you’re at it!).