Much delayed blog post . . .
Hello. It's been more than a month since my last post, which means I'm either A) really lazy, B) really busy, C) extremely forgetful or D) all of the above. (The correct answer: D.)
Recently I had to write something about book clubs for my publisher and I had the genius idea to recycle it here until I could come up with something more substantive. But, first, please allow me to offer a few excuses for my blog neglect. In fact, one of these days I should do a whole post on excuses, because I really like them.
Excuse #1: I've been living out of a suitcase for a month on a speedy house-hunt. Excuse #2: I'm trying to finish a book by a March 1st deadline. Excuse #3: Did I mention I'm writing a whole book? Excuse #4: I think I need reading glasses and it's slowing me down.
Back to book clubs. If you've perused my site, you might notice that, schedule permitting, I'm happy to phone into book clubs and answer whatever questions you might have (details here)—or just to eavesdrop on some trash talk. But I should confess that I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of a book club.
If I were, I would probably be that person who never read the book and showed up just for the food and drink. If you're like me, might I recommend the book How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard. That will give you some smart ways to navigate the book club experience.
Until you have a chance to read that book, I've assembled some handy phrases to get the unprepared member of a book club through her next meeting:
"I wasn't feeling the ending."
"What's-her-name kind of annoyed me."
"It was a masterpiece, I thought."
"Pass the chips."
"The dip is amazing."
"I agree with what Suzie1 said."
"[insert name of book] will stay with me a long time. "
"The first rule of book club is that there is no book club."
Remember, there's nothing worse than a book club meeting without drinks. Here's my recipe for Magic Punch:
1 part vodka
1 part soda water
1 part limeade
1 package Lifesavers (red/green are excellent for the holidays)
1. Make sure someone named Suzie is in book club.