The Inaugural Meeting of Care’s Online Book Club

Welcome, welcome!

I’m so glad you could all come to the kickoff meeting for my Online Book Club.     You’re all curious, aren’t you.   Yes, yes.  Me, too.   You see, I’ve been happily posting and yapping at books here for almost 3 years now and so when people who don’t know me asked me at the Book Blogger Convention*, “How does your Online Book Club work?   What are you reading now?”

I expect they were a bit taken aback by my the blank stare,   “Huh?”

Then, they might have been frightened by the smoke and grinding of wheels turning as I thought to myself, “Heck yea!   I should seriously give serious thought to what the heck I’m doing over here at MY Book Club!!”

Originally, I set this up for a place for my family to come together and discuss a book since we live scattered over the entire United States.   But no one else (related to me) quite ‘got’ it.   They would ‘forget’ to visit this blog.   I couldn’t seem to make it a scheduled event.   It turned into just one more blog that was bookish in theme.    (I do wonder why I love this so and what I’m doing this for….)

Well, I’m going to try it again.   The idea of a book club.  Online.   With strangers!   (YOU.)

Here’s my plan,  it’s all very tentative but I’m sure it’ll come together somehow.    On the TENTH of every month, I will ANNOUNCE a book.         Anyone who wants to read that book will come back one month later and we will discuss.       REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT, wouldn’t you agree!?!    (Why have I never done this before?     Head slap.)

Oh, we’ve done the read-alongs and scheduled times to discuss but this here is truly the “Care’s Book of the Month” idea.      And if no one participates, that’s fine.   It will at least legitimize myself (to me) and people that I meet when I explain that

“my blog’s name is Care’s Online Book Club and this month we’re discussing __________.”

Golly, I feel like I’m creating my elevator speech!

Anyone want to work on a button?      Want me to get on with it already and pick a book?     Fine.     I just started Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger so that’s the July selection.       I’m going to need bigtime help with this one because it seems to be about intellectualism in the 50s; I’m so outside my world-of-reference.     I’m feeling a bit bored and annoyed with the smugness and the never-ending lighting of cigarettes — I’m only 30 pages in.     I worry I’ll give up.

OK, that’s it, then.   Meeting adjourned.

JULY 10 – Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger.      Be here or be square. Or be here and prove you ARE square.

The blurb at says:      

“The author writes: Franny came out in The New Yorker. [and something else that didn’t cut&paste right but basically, this is a short story and a novella and published in the magazine…] Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I’m doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambitious one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose, that sooner or later I’ll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I’m very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I’ve been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.”

Wiki has a page on this book that I’m debating if I should read or not.    ANYONE VOTE THAT I SHOULD?   and/or that I don’t give up on this?!

I don’t see that this won any awards;   it IS on the list of the 1000+ books to read before you die.   Would this be considered a classic?   I don’t quite know the definition of what is a true ‘classic’ but since that other book** by Mr. Salinger would seem to be a classic, I’m just wondering.   I’m reading it for my John Cusack Reading Challenge.

I hope you join me.    Or wait and see what next month’s book will be.   I’m not doing a Mr. Linky and there will be no prizes.   EXTREMELY informal.    When I get a button created (I can do my own buttons, I think, but I won’t deny anyone the pleasure.)  I can then have something official on my sidebar that I can point to and say, “See?!   I really DO have a book club.”

Do I hear crickets?    Suggestions?    Tiddlypom?!?

*  I had a GREAT time!
**  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


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