The one where I decide my Bookclub is trying to kill me

It has come to my attention that my bookclub is trying to kill me– kill me with their shitty, shitty taste in books. First there was the shitty shitty Secret Life of Bees, then the even shitter The Wedding, and now they want me to read an 800+ page book called the Wizard’s First Rule. Wizards? Seriously.

I’m allergic to 99.9% of fantasy and sci-fi books. I’ve tried and failed miserably. Reading The Hobbit in 8th grade was some kind of torture. I hated the book so much that I never read any of the other books and skipped the damn movies.

Even my friend Wolfdogg who likes fantasy crap, said that this author is known for crappiness. Oh joy!

I’d love to skip the bullshit. Life is too short to read shitty books, isn’t it? But I’ve made the club read The Giant’s House, Confederacy of Dunces, Jpod, The Thin Place, and Everyman. It would be just plain rude to skip their books. But oh the temptation!

Tonight we discussed The Thin Place, a bold and beautiful book by Kathryn Davis. Sister #2 and the Stink loved it. Lynn and BFK didn’t read it because it was too ‘tough.’ Lisa read it and hated it.

I just don’t understand. How can someone despise something are original and moving as The Thin Place, but love something as shitty, cliche, and predictable as The Wedding?

I tried to explain to them about the originality of the story Davis tells in The Thin Place, how courageous it is for a writer to take on something like that. But I was met with blank stars and shaking heads — dismissed because I was a writer. Because, apparently, only ‘writers’ have taste in books (though I must say neither Sister #2 or the Stink are writers).

grrrrr.

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4 Comments

  1. kelly 17.Jul.06 at 9:01 am

    This is why I’m so not a fan of book clubs. There are too few days in your life and too many amazing books to spend time reading things you don’t want to read.

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  2. rgjabs 17.Jul.06 at 9:55 am

    Look at all the people who read the trashy romance novels – there are people who will read anything.

    Maybe your book club is playing a cruel joke on you – If you get to the next meeting and realize that you were the only one who read the book then you will know.

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  3. tito 17.Jul.06 at 1:52 pm

    if you like Confederacy of Dunces, run don’t walk to get a copy of Everyone’s Pretty by Lydia Millet. I have a hunch you’ll like it.

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  4. mkh 22.Jul.06 at 9:55 am

    I would only be in a book club if I got to tell everyone else what to read. But then, that would make me a teacher. Or a book club nazi.

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