The Shameful Book Club

I have this habit of trying to sound cooler than I am by telling people I’ve read books I actually have never even opened. I like to seem well-read and wise beyond my years, and for a while this cycle of lies worked just fine. And then I became a librarian. When you’re a librarian, people tend to ask you for book recommendations and opinions. This is hard to do when you’ve lied about 70% of the books you’ve “read”. Seeing that my scam was unsustainable, I decided to fess up to my crimes and do the time…which is however long it takes me to read each book I’ve said I lied about in the past. This book club is more of a personal reading challenge, but you are all welcome to join me!

How does it work? Well I’ve assigned each month of the year a general genre, and each month I pick a book that I have very loudly lied about in the past within that genre. Or maybe I’ll pick a book that people might be shocked that I haven’t read, based on my interests and activities as a human. This way, by the end of the year I will have read 12 books all in different genres and will be that much closer to a clear conscience.

Here is the genre schedule as it currently stands. I have listed the 2017 book selections as well so you can plan to follow along. This is subject to change.

  • January: Comedy and Humor
    • The Princess Bride by William Goldman (5 stars)
  • February: Romance
    • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1 star)
  • March: Science Fiction
    • 1984 by George Orwell
  • April: Fantasy
    • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • May: Non-Fiction
    • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • June: A librarian friend’s recommendation
    • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • July: Historical Fiction
    • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • August: Adventure
    • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • September: The “Classics”
    • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • October: Horror/Gothic
    • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • November: Young Adult
    • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • December: Mystery/Thriller
    • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Take a look at the books I’ve already confessed to lying about here!