Let’s put Meagan and I to the test, shall we?
Both avid book readers, and novel deep divers, Meagan and I always chat about what we’re reading. Since she permanently lives in Ottawa, and I – in Toronto, we decided to put our love of reading (paired with how often we can keep in touch) to the truest test: a Book Club made for two.
I’ve wanted to join a book club since I finished my Masters at Carleton University in English Literature. However, I found it very hard to commit to anything, especially a group and discussion timelines. My friend Cammie and Rick really helped me out – having been part of a Friday night Book Club for a while themselves – they invited me to its Facebook group to join.
Well, I folded under the pressure. It was just too soon for me, and I wanted to do my own thing when it came to literature at that point. Reading the likes of, A Glittering Chaos by Lisa de Nikolits and Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (to be blogged about soon).
Over a Skype date with Meagan we created a list of books that we have ALWAYS had a strong desire to read, but lacked the drive to do it.
The list looks a little something like this:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A lot of heavy hitters, I know. Of course, we’ve decided to begin with Moby Dick. Little did I know that this American classic was over 300 pages long. My mother went to the Thornhill Library to retrieve my newest reading-kicker and to my surprise it was HUGE.
Lugging this thing on the subway hasn’t been an easy task. This novel is also a test – first on how capable Meagan and I are at being focused enough to get through the first novel, and second how devoted to the list we are.
Having intended to start this book the first week of February, the last I heard, Meagan was on page 5.
It doesn’t seem promising. I’ll definitely keep you posted, but wish us luck! We’re going to need it.