This week, for the first time ever, I thought about cheating on reading a book. You see, I am supposed to read Three Cups of Tea for my book club this Tuesday, and I’ve read a scant thirty pages. Someone else in the group had seen a show about Greg Mortenson on the BBC (and therefore does not plan to read the book herself), and on Friday afternoon I found myself cruising the Internet, looking for a streaming version of the show. Usually I would never cheat on a book—I would either read it or not read it and confess. But with this one…well, I think the conversation could be quite interesting, but do I really need to read about it to join the conversation? But then again, it is a book club. And I admit—I thought about cheating on last month’s book, Twilight, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch the movie. No. (Of course, I couldn’t bring myself to read the book, either, but that’s another story.)
No matter. I couldn’t find the video—although I did find a slew of interview clips and articles on this site—and I told myself that it was a sign that I should not cheat. I should try to read the book over the weekend. Problem: we had a couple of parties to attend, and I have my “novel” to work on, so I haven’t managed to pick up the book. I have decided to read the articles and watch the clips. I may still read the book, but not by Tuesday.
What about you out there? Have you ever cheated on reading a book for a book club?
So remember my stacks of books from last week? Well, I got three more books in the mail last week. Here’s what I added to the pile:
The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver. A review copy from Harper Collins. I’ve already read a few reviews of this, and it sounds like it’s going to be a great read.
The Next Queen of Heaven, by Gregory Maguire. Through the Concord Free Press. I gave to NPR as my charity, and when I’ve finished the book, I must pass it on to another lucky reader. Will it be you?
As for challenges, I finished another book, Postcards from the Edge, so I will soldier forth this week with ZZ Packer’s collection, and then move on to the final two books on my list for 9 for ’09, The Red Tent and Norwegian Wood. When I’ve finished those, I move on to those wonderful, tempting stacks of books. Half the fun of reading is all the possibility between those covers, no?