The Egotist’s Club was not necessarily founded to be strictly a literary blog. Sure, we love Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter enough to own them as godparents of sorts, and we do read, write, and talk about reading and writing a great deal. But we also blog about the movies we watch, our observations of society, food and drink, music, and craftsmanship. Anything pertaining to humanity is fair game: its feats, its fascinations, and its foibles.
And yet…we have, perhaps, given ourselves a rather bookish reputation. This creates certain impressions, such that every once in a while, there comes a conversation wherein a friend will edge near me, glance about furtively, and then confess that she never got all the way through Lord of the Rings. Or he’ll say “You’ll judge me for it, but I never did read all of the Narnia books.” Or “I know everyone’s read it, but I just haven’t finished Hamlet.”
Then I have to tell them how after reading The Hobbit, I started The Lord of the Rings, got to Bree, and stopped. And then I started again, got to Weathertop, and stopped. I started again, got to Moria, and stopped. There was just so much walking, guys. Eventually I was a sophomore in college, where (seemingly) everyone loved Tolkien with an undying passion, and I had that exact same anxious twinge because I had never made it all the way through. It came to pass that I befriended the Scrupulously Exact Physicist, who, on hearing this confession, urged me to repentance, saying “You have to read them!” (and moreover, penance: “And then read The Silmarillion!”) Have been so commanded, I finally muscled through the entirety of Fellowship, and in fact the entire trilogy – partly by reading during an extremely dull class; never let me claim that Science 101 profited me nothing.
My point is, sometimes you just haven’t read a book, or you feel like it’s too late for it, or sometimes you try reading it and then stop, and far be it from me (or from any of us, really) to make you feel bad about that. I think the xkcd approach is the best to take:
So this week is for confessing the ways and reasons we are the antithesis of a book club. To wit, this is the week we (or, well, I, at least) tell you Why I Haven’t Read That Book Yet.
Feel free to join in!