My big excitement this week is that I was invited to start a classics book club at my local library!
I had asked a librarian few weeks ago why there wasn’t a classics book club (only modern lit clubs), and apparently, it was because no one had ever offered to start it, so here I go. There’s also a crunch on space to meet at the library, so that’s part of it too. We’re going to meet once a quarter to begin with, starting with Oliver Twist in October. It will take a few months to get the word out there, and I’m hoping once a quarter isn’t overwhelming, either on fellow readers and on the library space. If you live near Algonquin (Chicago suburbia), let me know!
Are you a part of a library book club or a different book club? Have you led a book club? Please share your ideas! I’m new to this.
I’ve recently joined another book club with some friends from my church congregation. The group reads a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, and it meets once a month. It also seems that they choose short works (such as less than 200 pages), so that makes it easier for me to get it read in addition to all my other reading! It’s kind of nice to have a modern fiction on my line-up for the next week, simply because I anticipate it is easier to read than my other books. I may have to make this “modern” reading a habit.
This week in reading, I didn’t make progress on some books, but I did read others at length: I finished Sandburg’s poetry and make lots of progress on Galsworthy. I’ve also skimmed a few of my Robinson Crusoe adaptations; maybe I’ll get that project done by next week.
No worries about the other books! I’m setting library due dates aside and reading what I want to read. In terms of the library books, I’m sure my books aren’t in high demand, and if I have to return a book (particularly The Arabian Nights, which is hard to read in one sitting), I’ll turn it in and then re-request it and have it for another six weeks. I’d rather not rush these things.
- The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (580 read of 900 pages; fiction)
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (via Dailyreader.net, about 41% finished, estimated finish date of August 18) on hold
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (200 read of 750 pages; children’s fiction) on hold
Library Loot, Old
- The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy (140 read of 425 pages; fiction).
- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington (100 read of 340 pages; nonfiction).
- Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts (audiobook, on disk 4 of 6, about 6 hours; nonfiction). I realized after I began listening that it is “unabridged selections.” I have no idea how much of the original has been excised.
- Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg (80 pages; poetry). FINISHED!
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (208 pages; fiction).
- Robinson Crusoe adaptations: I currently have about ten adaptations and/or abridgements of Robinson Crusoe that I’m comparing.
Library Loot, New
No new Library Loot this week!
What are you reading this week?