Note: I Know I Can’t Tell You (but I really want to).

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. 😛

6 Comments on “Note: I Know I Can’t Tell You (but I really want to).

  1. Haha! I often think of tagging all my posts ‘free homework cheats’ – I reckon my stats would go through the roof! I’ve often thought of having some kind of discussion zone too, but I’m not sure whether it would work too well on the blog format. I’ll be interested to see what you come up with…

    • Exactly; the blog format doesn’t have an obvious solution. After reading The Circle, however, I’m more intent on finding a workaround. Sometimes you just want to vent about a character, y’know? Ha. Or with a book like The Martian, which I finished (!!!), I’d really love to hear what other people think about the ending.

      Back to the WordPress for Dummies book! I’d want to keep such posts out of my main feed—I want people to be able to find them, but not stumble over them if they’re not looking for spoilers. Hrm…

      • Hmm… you could make those posts ‘private’ with a password – and put the password separately on the review page… Another blogger I know does that (for different reasons than spoilers though) and then just does a short post saying she’s done a private post and tells people how to get the password. The short post shows up in the Reader but not the privaate one…

  2. The only thing I can think of is to label it “free range discussion,” and then hope that the WordPress spam filters work well if you leave comments open for a large chunk of time. Interesting that so many students are looking for ways to cheat.

    • That’s a good idea!

      And yes, lots and lots of students… It surprised me to find a complete sentence from my To Kill a Mockingbird review in my search results. Who looks for a site with an exact quote? Then I remembered that teachers are fond of Googling questionable phrases. This particular sentence, summarizing Scout as a character, has been popular.

      I take it as a high compliment though: the student thought it was good enough to steal, and the teacher thought it was too good for the student to have written. 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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