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Let the great last-minute reading sessions begin…

In reading on August 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

Book group is two days away. We’ve had a month off because of summer — meaning two months instead of one to read the book — and I’ve had this month’s book, Let the Great World Spin, in hand for at least six weeks.

But I’m probably not even a third of the way through, so as usual, I’m going to have to have marathon reading sessions to finish in time. I’m hopeful that I’ll get it done this time; people have been so passionate about this book that I’d hate for it to join the sad shelf that is home to ‘Books I Almost Read.’

This disappointing track record of mine is one of the reasons that ‘READ’ is one of the three points of focus in this blog. My book group is made up of thoughtful, passionate women friends, and our reading list over the years has been diverse and introduced me to things I would not have chosen or been aware of on my own. It’s a given that things will sometimes come up that makes impossible to finish a book on time, but when I let time get away from me over and over again, it’s a wasted opportunity.

A new book group ‘season’ is starting in the fall, and I hope that being more aware of the time I devote to reading (via tracking it here) will help me become a finisher.

Incidentally, my book group is called the Red Tent Book Club, a name chosen because several of the founding friends had read Anita Diamant’s book and said the name was apropos. Despite good intentions over the past five years to read the book that inspired our name, and despite buying a copy at the used book sale last year, it still sits on the ‘Books I’ve Wanted to Read But Never Actually Do Read’ shelf.

I hope that one of these days, a post will appear here to say that I’ve moved it to the honored Books I’ve Read shelf.

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