Last Summer I attempted to join my first book club. Perhaps you remember this post? And then this one? And then nothing? Infinite Jest was probably not a good first choice for me – particularly since I can’t stand David Foster Wallace’s fiction. It might have gone better if I’d actually bought the book (Full Disclosure: I never got past downloading the sample onto my Kindle)… but there’s no point dwelling. Onward!
Fortunately, the Philly Summer Book Club (as I like to call them) has forgiven me my transgressions (of which, admittedly, they didn’t know the full extent) and invited me back. This Summer we’ll be reading A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. By complete coincidence this is also a challenge on Goodreads, so I’ll be doubling down on this one. The reading is broken up into 5 parts and we’ll be meeting in a private forum – either on Google or Goodreads, it still hasn’t been confirmed – once a week to discuss our progress. There will also be a few physical get-togethers in the city. I know from the time I spent lurking on the forums last Summer, pretending I was only a little behind in my reading, that the group is well run and filled with smart & funny people. Let’s just hope I can keep up.
I’ll be posting semi-regular updates through the Summer to let everyone know how I am enjoying the book and the club. And if anyone has a Book Club story of their own, please do share!