Giving Up On A Book

Years ago one of the members in my book group mentioned an article that she had read about “divorcing a book”. If you don’t like it after 50 or so pages, you give up on it. Prior to that conversation, I had never done that before.. not without a lot of guilt. Well today I saw a similar post over at Reading Group Guides. Click here for the Reading Group Guides post and click here for the NY Times Divorce That Book article.

I have to say that over the years I have divorced many a book. I’ll admit it, I still feel a little guilty for doing it but with the amount of time I have to read, I start to resent the book if it is not worthy of my attention. Here are some books that I divorced over the years.

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
*I know it’s a classic, but I would rather stick a pin in my eye than try this one again.

The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje
*I simply did not care about these people.. did not care for the movie either.

The Tortilla Curtain, by T. Coraghessan Boyle
*I gave this one more than one chance..even tried it as an audio book and it pained me physically to read it or listen to it. I don’t really know why.. seemed to be well written but the story did not interest me.

A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey
*After two chapters of this, I felt as if “I” needed drugs just to get through it. This was before the big Oprah scandle too.

What books have you divorced?

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Go! Go! Go Joseph!

It’s production week! My son has been rehearsing for this since February and although it seems like a long time, the months have just has flown by. Tonight is the first night in the theatre which is always exciting.

I am in charge of props which is a bit stressful until you figure out where everything goes but once you have that down, you can work it from backstage and usually watch the show at the same time. There is nothing like working backstage. The kids are so talented and they never fail to amaze me. I have an amazing group of women helping me this time around too.

We’ve got a few days to work it all out before opening day (Friday) and I anticipate lots and lots of fun and even funnier stories. I have to remember to take more pictures this time as I always get swept up with it all and forget to document the moment.

Just in case any of the kids are reading this.. break a leg guys! The show will be awesome!

Chatting with friends about books and life…