Me, Myself and I Started a Book Club. It Sucks. New Members are Always Welcome. Send an Email.
Can it be called a "club" if there is only one member? I decided to have a Book Club meeting, but have no one to invite. I brought some books I've read over the last 6 months or so to this place to meet myself. I didn't bother with the tea or cakes or whatever Book Club clichés. To begin with, I don't own any photogenic tea cups, and though wine seems to be the Book Club beverage, I don't drink. I had a non-alcoholic beer, which was nice.
I intended to write a bit about each book, but just as the meeting started two cats started fighting or fucking in the woods across the street. It was a long and loud fight or fuck, and as I listened and wondered who was winning I started turning pages of the books and recalled how much they sucked. I could barely remember anything from any of them. And one of them won a Pultzer for fucks sake! The cat fight or fuck screached and wailed on and on and I finished my beer and that was pretty much the Book Club.
Except for Jane Eyre, all these books sucked, and Jane Eyre does suck, but I think it sucks less because I put off reading it for the last 40 years or so expecting it to suck, and it did, but just not as bad as I expected, so it gets the award for not the worst of the bad, boring books I've read in the last 6 months. All I can say is that I have to really want to read a book to enjoy it. And I didn't really want to read any of these books.
I should say that my son's Year 10 textbook of poems, Songs of Ourselves didn't suck the same way the others sucked. I mean, I like poems. But I tried to imagine the 15 year old me being forced to read those poems, and that was what raised it to a level of sucking close to torture. But as a middle-aged soul who dabbles in poetry, it didn't suck as bad as the others.
The good news is I didn't buy any of these books. The bad news is that the only book I DID buy in the last 6 months couldn't be a part of this Book Club meeting, and I'm very sorry and sad about that. I liked the title of that book and the reviews were amazing and I thought...too many thoughts, as usual...but didn't read the book beyond a bit of the beginning, so I am sorry if it sucked. It won't happen again.
And the same goes for this Book Club. But then again, who knows... Keep turning the pages and see what happens.
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