Welcome summer! June is an exciting twelfth of the year. It’s full of things we love – gay pride, iced tea, Richard Scarry, gay pride, doughnuts, juggling, sunshine, gay pride… Do we have your attention? I thought we might. Click through to see all of the reasons you should be celebrating this fine June!
Guys! It’s time for SUMMER READING. Are you excited? Because we’ve been overly excited for like months now and it’s FINALLY TIME.
We have some super rad displays up in the store to help you choose your summer reading lists. Specifically, everyone who works here has a shelf of must read books, and you should read them all.
Additionally, we are RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW announcing our SUMMER READING CONTEST!
That’s right! Because we freaking love books, we’ve decided to make a game out of summer reading! Join us for an epic game of Summer Reading Bingo! There are prizes!
So here’s all the info you need on our Summer Book Bingo! JOIN US.
Crossing off squares!
Read a book that counts for the square you’d like to complete. (or, do the action it requires)
When you are finished with a book, post a picture of your book (or open kindle) on Facebook and tag us! make sure you tell us which square you’re crossing off. Only one square per book, please!
Each time you cross off a square you will get one raffle entry. So, the more you cross off, the better chance you have to win an amazing prize!
When you get Bingo, (5 squares vertical, horizontal or diagonal) you’ll win a 10% off coupon for one item of your choice! Make sure you’re keeping track at home. Just like in real bingo, you have to tell us you have a bingo in order to win. We’ll be keeping track of your squares and will double check when you say ‘BINGO!’ on your Facebook or Instagram. (make sure you tag us, though. don’t be shouting into the internet randomly! we might miss it.)
The Rules and stuff
–One square per book! Yes, we know that some books are classic fiction AND Pulitzer prize winners. but you have to read TWO books to cross of both squares.
–You have to post on Facebook or Instagram, tag us, and include #KUBookBingo to get credit for your squares. Please take a picture of your book, post on Facebook or Instagram, tag Kards Unlimited, and make sure to say which square you’re crossing off. Also, if you have a bingo, Say it LOUD! Here is an example: (pretty picture of the book The Handmaid’s Tale) Just finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale for @Kards Unlimited summer reading bingo! I’ve just crossed off the Banned Book square! #KUBookBingo
–You have to post BINGO to get a bingo! While we’ll be keeping track of your squares, you have to say it to win it! Just post on FB or Instagram that you’ve gotten a summer reading bingo and make sure to tag us! We’ll get in touch with you to get you your coupon.
Follow us on Facebook or Twitter: This one’s really easy! Just hit the ‘follow’ button’! If you already follow us, just tag us in a status or picture to get these squares crossed off.
Book Club: We read a new book every month at KU book club. Join us at one of our meetings to cross off this square. To keep track of what we’re reading and when we meet, follow Kards Unlimited Book Club on Facebook.
Free-Spot. Clearly, this means this spot is already x-ed off for you…. But if you want to read a book for this square anyway, we sure won’t stop you.
Our Choice: Stop by the store or send us a message, and we will give you a random book suggestion or two! Don’t worry, we’ll be nice. Except for Adam. He’ll probably give you a challenge. #worthit
KU Employee Favorite: Check out our website or come by the store to see what our favorite summer reads are. We’ll even have a handy shelf full of them in the store.
Follow us on Instagram: Same as Facebook and Twitter square, except it’s Instagram!
Regular book squares:
Banned Book: Read a book that has been banned!
Start a Series: Read the first book in a series you’ve been looking to read!
Mystery: Read a book that is classified as a mystery!
Short Stories: Read a short story anthology!
Science Fiction: Read a book classified as Science Fiction.
Horror: Read a book from the horror genre
Graphic Novel: Read a Graphic Novel. We have plenty of suggestions.
Pulitzer Prize: Read a book that has won a Pulitzer.
(Auto)Biography: Read about someone’s life!
Re-read your old Favorite: do you remember a book that you read when you were young and loved? It’s time to dust it off and revisit it!
Oprah Book Club: Read one of Oprah’s chosen ones.
Classic Fiction: Pick up a classic. You know the one. The one you’ve been putting off for ages. That one.
International Author: Read a book by someone who is not American! Bonus points if it’s in a different language.
Your Choice: Read anything you want, yo.
Fantasy: Read a book from the Fantasy genre.
Young Adult: Read a Young Adult book.
Non-Fiction: Read a book about real life and stuff. Whether it’s another biography or a car manual, we don’t care, just keep reading!
New Author: Read an author you’ve never read before!
Book that is a film: Read a book that they have made into a movie. No cheating and just watching the film. That would be wrong.
Good Luck! May your bedside table lamp ever shine in your favor.
So the Sierra Club, if you don’t already know, was founded on May 28th, 1892 by this totally rad guy named John Muir. Even then, America’s wild places were starting to be gobbled up in the wake of rapidly expanding populations and industrialization. John, as you might imagine, was not in favor of that. So, with the help of other naturalists, artists, and a bunch of other people, Muir founded the Sierra Club with a mission,
“To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”
And the Sierra Club has been protecting the environment ever since. Now, I’m not here to tell you to become a member or even to try and convince you to help save the Earth. Hopefully, you already do as much as you can of that on your own. All I’m trying to do here is acknowledge the great contribution John Muir made to the environmental cause and celebrate the Sierra Club’s awesomeness in protecting and nurturing our world. You go, guys! Thanks!
Memorial day is a two pronged holiday. You’ve got your patriotic-honor-those-who-have-died-for-our-country side, and the IT’S-FINALLY-SUMMER side. While the spirit of each is quite different, Memorial Day serves as an important day for America.
It does a body and mind good to take a moment to be thankful for the people who have given their lives for this country. That’s huge.
It takes a lot of courage to serve for your country and do it selflessly, and for that, I’m ever thankful.
Memorial Day is a great day to get together with your family and friends to appreciate your freedom. Can’t hurt to have some delicious food and drink, either.
Here’s a complimentary Hulk Hogan being American gif:
Grab your Lightsaber, your Phaser, your Ring of Power, and/or your Towel, because it’s Geek Pride Day on the 25th!
So as a Geek, I understand the need for Geek Pride Day (May 25th every year. To commemorate the release of Star Wars, obviously.) There’s a weird stigma associated with being a geek. And while there’s room for a ton of discussion about where that comes from and while said discussion and investigation would be totally fascinating (geek alert), I’m going to go ahead and wildly oversimplify and say that what it really comes down to is a 1950s-style rejection of bookishness. So it’s important, even in this geek-forward era, to celebrate all the obscure cultural touchstones and unusual obsessions that make us who we are.
For whatever reason (for a bunch of reasons, actually), there’s something about the pale, bespectacled geek image that some people really abhor. This is sad for them, because some of the best people I have ever met have been pale and bespectacled. And while their interests may not have been the same, the tan, Lacoste-wearing, country-clubbing set who (proverbially) abhor them are just as geeky. They’re just geeky about different things, like tennis and sailing and football.
That’s kind of the thing about being a geek: almost everyone is one about something. All of us have things that we’re interested in and passionate about. That’s all being a geek is, really. So whether you’re a classical, comics-toting, computer-screen-in-the-dark-reading geek or an unusual, outdoorsy, sports-oriented geek, or some unholy combination of the two or any of the myriad others, be proud today and every day! Geek Pride! Woo!
I can hear it from here! All of you out there saying, “My goodness, Adam, there are so many P.G. Wodehouse books at KU, how did you pick just one to read for book club?! And, more importantly, how should I choose some of them to read this summer, since they are great for summer reading and are the funniest books ever?!” Firstly, let me say that you are very verbose.
Secondly, yes, it can be difficult to know where to begin with Wodehouse (that’s wood-house, p.s., not woad-house) but the truth is that you can start anywhere you like. Wodehouse’s books are usually short story collections and while there are over-arching plot lines, he’s very good at filling his readers in on what they need to know for the present moment. Most of the Wodehouse books we carry (he wrote over 100!) come from two main storylines, Jeeves and Wooster and Blandings Castle.
Jeeves and Wooster is about wealthy and scatterbrained Bertie Wooster, the unfortunate situations he and his friends get into, and how his ingenious valet, Jeeves, extricates him from them. If you’re a stickler for chronology, the first three books published were My Man Jeeves in 1919, The Inimitable Jeeves in 1923, and Carry On, Jeeves in 1925. Carry On, Jeeves contains the story Jeeves Takes Charge which is about how Jeeves came to work for Bertie in the first place, so from a narrative perspective, it’s a good place to start and that’s why we chose it from the others for a book club selection. Other great J&W books include Right Ho, Jeeves and Mating Season.
Blandings Castle is concerned with Lord Emsworth and the residents of Blandings Castle, who also get themselves into unfortunate and hilarious situations. The first BC book is Something Fresh (1915), but we recommend starting with Heavy Weather or Lord Emsworth and Others. One of Wodehouse’s most beloved characters is Psmith (the P is silent, as in pshrimp) and he is part of the BC series. His first book is Psmith in the City, but we love Leave it to Psmith the best.
Kards Unlimited Book Club got together to talk about Stardust, by Neil Gaiman. We hit on a variety of topics: how the book compared to the movie, how it compared to Gaiman’s other works, how much we love Gaiman in general, and how much some of us can’t wait to read it to our little ones. Yeah, we know, there are swear words, but that’s what white-out is for.
Overall, this month’s book club was fun and DELICIOUS. One of our lovely staff members (her name is Peanut, and everyone shall call her Peanut) decided to get super creative and made a tres leches mango cake with a beautiful mango star design on it.
No, we didn’t take pictures. and no, we didn’t save you any.
We also had star cookies and, of course, cold cider and beer. What would book club be without refreshment?
Next month, KU book club will be reading P.G. Wodehouse’s Carry On, Jeeves. We’ll be meeting on June 28th at 6pm with cold cider and probably some sort of tea and crumpets. Scones perhaps. scones are nice.
Carry On, Jeeves is a collection of 10 short stories about Wooster and his butler, Jeeves. It is full of humor. The British sort. If you’ve ever seen Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in Jeeves and Wooster, then you know what you’re in for. If you haven’t.… well, read the book first and then we’ll have a marathon.
Here’s a snippet for you:
“Don’t leave me, Bertie. I’m lost.“
“What do you mean, lost?“
“I came out for a walk and suddenly discovered after a mile or two that I didn’t know where on earth I was. I’ve been wandering round in circles for hours.“
“Why didn’t you ask the way?“
“I can’t speak a word of French.“
“Well, why didn’t you call a taxi?“
“I suddenly discovered I’d left all my money at my hotel.“
“You could have taken a cab and paid it when you got to the hotel.“
“Yes, but I suddenly discovered, dash it, that I’d forgotten its name.“
And there in a nutshell you have Charles Edward Biffen. As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich.
P.S.!!!! We started a Facebook page JUST for our lovely book clubbers! Follow it for updates on books, times, and heated debates. And probably a lot of hilarity, generally.
P.P.S.!!! We gave our book club attendees an inside scoop on our upcoming SUMMER READING BINGO, which will be fantastic and fun and there will be prizes and competition and most importantly, BOOKS! keep checking your media outlets for the big announcement! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in your e-mail!
P.P.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE EXCLAMATION POINTS ALMOST AS MUCH AS WE LOVE BOOKS! also shouting. we love shouting.
See you all at Book Club!
We all love Kards Unlimited. I do. I know you do. Pretty much everyone who experiences us loves us. Because, let’s not mince words, the store rocks. It’s the best place to be. Period. So, on her birthday, I want to thank (blame?) the party responsible, our boss, Kristen Kershner.
Working at KU attracts a certain type of person. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re fun-loving. We’re smart. We relish a good book (and some bad books.) We also relish champagne (with one or two notable exceptions.) To varying degrees we exhibit a charming blend of sweet and tart. And we are family. I don’t know where I’ll be in twenty (or even ten or even five) years, but if or when my time at KU is done, I know that I will never forget it. I know that every job I ever have will be measured against my time here and probably found wanting in at least one aspect. All of these are a reflection of Kristen.
I’m going to stop writing now in favor of going in to work early to hang out with the birthday girl a bit. Happy birthday, Lady. Many happy returns. And thank you for everything.