Books Club: Books Club book club.
The name is a nod to the club of the same name, founded in 2010 by Matti Ristia and Joanne Dittman, a pair of Finnish authors and avid book lovers.
Their goal was to create a more inclusive environment for people of all ages, but it didn’t take long for the group to start receiving calls from young and old alike for a place to hang out.
“They are all about the book club experience and we are just like them,” said Ristie, the head book club organizer.
Ristiams book club started as a small group of people that all shared an interest in reading.
They got together after Risti began taking classes at the University of Helsinki, which she eventually left after two years.
Rista, who has been a member for more than four years, also had a connection to books in a similar way.
“I always liked books.
When I was in school I used to read all kinds of books and I got bored and wanted to read something new.
So I started reading books,” said the 27-year-old.
“So when I met Matti and Joanna, I said ‘Hey, I want to become a member and also I want my friends to join too.’
So we met, we started meeting, and I have been a book club member for about six months now.”
As the club grew, Ristiati started to ask for suggestions on what kind of book clubs should exist.
“The main thing is the people who can read,” she said.
“We try to make it accessible and fun for people to come and hang out.”
Ristiaris book club is currently hosting book events in Helsinki, Helsinki and Finland, as well as book club events in the US, Canada and Europe.
It has also been growing in number in Sweden and the UK.
As the number of books club members has grown, Rista also started organizing events in Japan and Korea.
She has also started holding book club meetings in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.
The book club has now also begun hosting events in Russia, China, India, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The group has also recently held events in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore as well a book tour to Indonesia.
The idea of the book clubs came from a desire to create something that is inclusive and welcoming to all book lovers, said Rista.
“When we meet someone, we just talk about books,” she continued.
“And when we have book club members, it’s really cool to meet other book lovers and also meet people that we meet through other book clubs.”