With the discussion of Ricardas Gavelis's Vilnius Poker at the end of this month, my group of "non-structured" friends and I will be nearing the end of a full year of shared reads, and speaking for myself, the experience has been fantastic. Sarah, Frances, EL Fay, Richard, and (not blogging right now but still dropping by the discussions) Claire: we've had a blast reading and writing together. I love the fact that we can all be honest about our enthusiasm for or frustration with the chosen books, without worrying about hurting each others' feelings or appearing ridiculous. I love that this is a group of people who also like to tackle the kind of weird, challenging books that get me excited, and who share my sometimes-cracked sense of humor. GROUP HUG, you guys!
So luckily, we're re-upping our bookish lease for 2011, with a brand-new button from the Hogarth Press (thanks, Frances!) and even a real name—because "non-structured reading group" is a bit of a mouthful, we thought it might be nice to revisit our Woolf in Winter project from last January and February, and call ourselves The Wolves.
Anyway, another great thing about this past year is all the lovely people who have dropped in to participate for a month or three when the book caught their eye, and because we'd love that to happen again this year, here's your official invitation: do any of these books appeal to you? If so, please consider joining us; discussions will begin during the last weekend of the stated month, and we'd love to have you along!
- January (EL Fay): The Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska
- February (Emily): Our Horses in Egypt by Rosalind Belben
- March (Richard): Conversation in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa
- April (Sarah): The Dodecahedron, or Frames for a Frame, by Paul Glennon
- May (Frances): What Ever Happened to Modernism?, by Gabriel Josipovici
- June (Claire): The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz
- July (EL Fay): Snow, by Orhan Pamuk
- August (Frances): The End of the Story, by Lydia Davis
- September (Richard): The Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar
- October (Sarah): House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski
- November (Emily): The Planetarium, by Nathalie Sarraute
- December (Claire): Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather, by Xingjian Gao
Looking forward to it, y'all.