Okay Book Club, we’re coming down to the wire. I cannot believe that the semester is starting to come to a close… it has just gone by so quickly.
Today is the meeting and we’re really looking forward to talking about Howl. If you’ve finished the poem, we’re looking forward to your insights. If you haven’t finished… we’re also looking forward to your insights, and this post is for you.
There are so many reasons why you might not have finished the book and that’s just fine. Here are ones we’ve experienced personally:
- “There’s just not enough time!”
There just aren’t enough hours in the day, especially not when you’re going to school. Sometimes leisure reading falls behind because there are so many other things that have to be prioritized over reading. Class, homework, jobs, family, friends, mental and physical health are all normal things to contend with, and just because you want to read, you may not have the time/energy/etc. after tackling all of those things. That’s completely understandable. You gotta do what you gotta do!
2. “Oh yeah… I forgot”
A book has appeared on your shelf that you forgot that you owned. Happens all the time. A book comes along that piques your interest and so it joins the pile of books you intend to read. Rinse and repeat. Before you know it there’s a mountain of to-be-read and some are bound to be forgotten. Even if you remember to read it, sometimes life (read: another book or a new season Netflix binge) can interrupt the flow of reading and by the time you finish said life event, you’ve forgotten that little bit of literature and are ready to move forward.
For these two, let us help! While we don’t encourage the use of Wikipedia on any type of academic anything (seriously, don’t do it), book club is fine. Here’s the page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl
Continuing on with more reasons why you might not be finished…
Everyone has different interests. Subject matter that might make other people over-the-moon excited could be sleep inducing to someone else. Perhaps that’s why there’s such a wide variety of genres available for visual consumption. If one particular book doesn’t catch your interest, you can always stop reading and pick something else. No one at book club is forcing you to slog through the pages of something that you have zero interest in. Reading should be fun, not a punishment, so if you can’t make it through the first couple of pages, it might not be for you. But even then you can get fooled by the promise of a pretty premise. You start reading the first few pages and this might be your new favorite book, and then…. it lets you down. It happens. Move on.
4. “It’s too much right now”
Poetry evokes emotions. It’s a simple statement for a complex concept. Often we look for our feelings between the pages of books, and in those instances, the type of book that you’re reading is important to satisfactorily engage those emotions that you’re seeking. Along those same lines, some of the emotions evoked in books can be intense. While it is important to read something challenging and explore new perspectives or places (there are elements of productive tension in learning about something or someone outside of yourself) it’s important to check in with yourself on how you’re feeling with the book. If something is overwhelming or doesn’t sit well with you, it makes sense to stop reading.
5. “I cannot believe this made it to print?!”
The characters were underdeveloped, the author’s writing style was ghastly, the plot was nonsensical, oversimplified, or overdone, the content was so vile that putting it down and stepping away is the most necessary course of action. It’s awful when a book doesn’t meet your expectations. Sometimes the only silver lining from these types of situations is that you’ve refined your criteria for what you absolutely detest and can move on with more confidence. It’s a big bummer though.
TL; DR – If you haven’t finished the book, we understand! Please come anyway!
We want to hear about why you weren’t interested in it, why it was forgettable, why you weren’t feeling it, why it might have been the worst book you’ve ever laid eyes on… it’s all important.
Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howl if you want a little background.
We hope y’all read and we hope you enjoyed it but in the event that you did not, let us know… show up, leave us a comment, make your voice heard!
Keep Reading, Bobcats!
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