TORONTO — Some of the book club members are young, some are men and some are women.
But most of them are women who are passionate about their passion.
“It’s not for everybody,” says Jennifer, a 26-year-old teacher at an elementary school.
She has been a member of Untamed Book Club since its inception.
The club started as a fun social event for friends to hang out together, she says.
“The idea was to make books accessible to everybody.
Jennifer says she has been invited to participate in the club’s first book club since her senior year. “
We are here to have fun and to have people that want to share their passions with one another,” she adds.
Jennifer says she has been invited to participate in the club’s first book club since her senior year.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” she says, adding that she would like to participate again.
Untamed, a Toronto book club with members from across the city, started in 2014.
It has now grown to include more than 100 book clubs across the province.
“One thing I like about this club is that it allows me to meet new people, learn new things, and just share our love of books with one of our amazing members,” says Untamed’s founding member, Michelle.
Michelle says the book clubs she’s joined in the past have been a lot more casual.
She says the reason she’s been interested in joining the club is because of its open-door policy.
“In my opinion, it’s a safe space,” she said.
“Everyone is welcome, everyone is welcomed and I think it’s important for people to feel comfortable around each other.”
The club was started in April 2017 and has expanded into more than 50 locations across Toronto.
For Michelle, it has been an incredible experience to meet so many people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and social classes.
“Being from a diverse background has made this club even more diverse,” she added.
“I don’t have any expectations to be in a club that’s inclusive,” says Tessa, another member of the group.
She said she is excited to see Untamed grow.
“This is a wonderful organization that really cares about what we do and what we want,” says Tess, another founding member.
The book club is one of many book clubs in Toronto.
Other Toronto book clubs include the Bibliophile, a book club in Scarborough, and the Book Club of Toronto, which is part of the Bookshop Network.
The book clubs are growing and are part of a growing trend that is highlighting the diverse communities and communities of people of colour, according to a recent CBC News article.
The Untamed club is open to members of all ages, genders, and ethnicities.
It encourages people of all backgrounds to meet, socialize, and read.
“You can go out and explore your interests, your world, and you can connect with other like-minded people,” says Michelle.
The club hosts book clubs for women and for LGBTQ people, as well as for people with disabilities, members with mental health concerns, and those who have limited English skills.
In a recent survey of Toronto book lovers, more than half of the members said they have been book club regulars in the last year.