Sometimes I think about joining a book club, or starting one. Then I remember that I hate homework and everything that feels like it. The best thing about a blog is that I have flexibility to read what I want, when I want, and I can post whenever. The only limitation is that I can’t say whatever, because sometimes I want to talk about the ending. I’m always reading books a year after or a year before friends. We never time it right. There are few conversations that take place around a shared moment of can-you-beLIEVE-that-just-happened??
I’ve toyed with having a section of my site to this very purpose. It’s a bit silly, though, because it seems narcissistic to slam you with my opinion twice: once to review, and again to say: “about that ending, right??!” It looks too much like I’m carving out additional space on the Internet to better run my mouth. But it’s fun to write about books and I’d love to say what’s really wrong with Swamplandia! or brilliant about Rebecca or irritating about The Mockingjay.*
What’s prompting this? I just finished The Circle, by Dave Eggers, and I am so ticked off by the something that someone did to someone else, but I can’t say, because spoilers and Ijusthavetotellsomeone. It’s eating me up inside!
There has to be a way to do this that doesn’t make me look like an ass, right?
Also, as is already noticeable: I suck with acronyms. There’s no point setting up something new here without a properly catchy name. I’ll think about this as I spend the next 90 minutes on the train.
*Plus it would probably boost the traffic I receive from search results. A lot of people search for “[book title] spoilers.” Also, a lot of people search for things like “In The Great Gatsby, is Nick a static or dynamic character. Give three reasons.” I’m onto you, students! P.S. Thanks for all the hits on Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird. 😛