Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stretching my Reading Wings

Part of my decision to read only one book a week was how do I consider the titles brought up by my book club? They are a rather literary group. Tomorrow's book review will, in fact, be the title from December (I finished it in January, so that was my first book of the year.)

They aren't the sort of books I would normally read. The first one I enjoyed and am glad that I was asked to read it. The second? Not so much. It's beautifully written, but reminds me of poetry -- I get lost in the words and imagery to the point where the plot has no meaning.

Normally, I don't give up on a book. But since I only have 49 more titles (and several of those slots reserved) do I want to continue with the current book club selection?

What do you do when you aren't enjoying a book club title?


Bethany K. Warner said...

You stick with it because I promise, there comes a point when you realize you are invested in these characters after all.

I had the same thought of feeling it was too poetic, but then, last night, I was reading the end and the phone rang and I realized I was tempted to not answer it because I wanted to find out what finally happened to Florentino and Fermina.

Also, since the book club books are monthly titles, I say you could expand your total number of books for the year to 64 (one a week + one a month). That way, you can still participate and still stay on your goal.

slpenney said...

Except I was already doing the 52 + 12 as I wanted to also read more nonfiction.

There are parts of it that make me want to read more. And I figure it will be worth it in the end. It's just way outside of what I'd normally read (which is good, I know.)

Ech. I'll see how it goes. I'm on page 120-ish.

Bethany K. Warner said...

Honestly, to get going in it, I had to make myself read a chapter a day. With his 60-page chapters, it was a big committment to make sure I finished.