Five Confessions Destined to Keep Me Out of Your Book Club

  1. I loathe Jane Eyre. I blame this on Jean Rhys, whose “Wide Sargasso Sea” I read alongside Charloette Bronte's crowning glory. There was simply no way for me to side with Jane over the Mad Woman in the Attic when said mad woman is transformed into Antoinette.

  2. I have never read The Great Gatsby. In fact, when people mention Gatsby I always immediately think of Great Expectations. It is not a pleasant association. Creepy old lady. Creepy old house. Nothing even remotely great about it. To be fair, it was thirty years ago that I read Great Expectations and I clearly remember very little. Is that Gatsby's fault, no. Is it even related to Gatsby? I don't think so. Then again, having not read it, I'm not sure.

  3. I will not read a book which includes“Suggested Discussion Questions”. on the final pages, not only do I not want to discuss what is in those questions, I want to immediately refuse to read the book in the first place. Whoever first had the idea to include book club questions should be lead out behind the library and shot. 

  4. I could live long and prosper without ever hearing another word about Harry Potter or The Lord of The Rings. Seriously, I love you guys, and I respect your right to love those books, but please respect my right to be bored to death by them. It's not that I'm some literature snob (see item #2) they just never caught my fancy.

  5. If you know me long enough I will at some point force you to borrow books you have no interest in and then resent the fact that you never read them. Doubly so if you do not return said books, which I will eventually have to replace because I can't imagine living without them, which is why I demanded that you read them in the first place. 

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  • Bullish commented on July 4, 2012 at 10:18 am


    The # 1 reason I can't do book clubs is that I abhore assigined reading. Stems from high school English class. Something about letting other people choose what I read triggers my rebellious streak!!

    • Bliss

      Miss Bliss commented on July 4, 2012 at 11:06 am


      I have a similar issue.  When I was handed the reading list for the AP English in High School I went to the teacher and pointed out that I already read a large majority of the books and then suggested some alternate reading along with the general scope of the papers I would write.  Lord what an uppity little snot I was, but she went for it.

    • Jules

      Jules commented on July 4, 2012 at 11:07 am


      Even if I'm the one assigning the reading? My heart breaks just a little

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