The format of UX Bookclub is simple: we nominate a UX book, everyone reads it (or as much as they can!) and we get together to talk about it. The commitment is slightly higher than a typical meet up - you need to buy and read a book - but you'll get lot more out of it.
The book we've nominated is: The design of everyday things by Don Norman. This is the seminal text for usability and will change the way you look at the world. Don Norman ("The Don") is a professor of cognitive science who coined the term "user experience" and was Apple's first User Experience Architect.
This book works really well for the group as it is equally valuable for veterans and noobs alike. We've set the date for early Nov as it takes time to get delivery of and read a book, but get cracking as soon as you can.
You can get the book wherever you can find it, the usual suspects such as amazon and fishpond all carry it (fishpond seems to have free shipping at the moment). As an alternative, it also seems to be available on http://archive.org/details/DesignOfEverydayThings - I'll leave the legality and morality of that up to you :) Personally I'll order a physical copy and read the archive.org version while I await delivery. This book is a classic and deserves a spot on your shelf.
UX Bookclub works really well because the deadline helps you to finish the damn thing and the insights you get from talking about it with a group of like-minded people are often as valuable as reading the book itself. UX Bookclub was founded in late 2008 by Steve Baty and now has thousands of people meeting in over 80 locations.
As usual ThoughWorks will put on the pizza and beer and its best to arrive before 6pm to avoid the need to call for someone to come down and get you (but no problem of course that's not possible!).
If you're sitting on the fence I really urge you to give this a crack - much of what I know about UX I learned from books I read for UX Bookclub London.
Happy reading and look forward to seeing you there.