The book club clock is ticking and you have yet to begin your novel. Who would think you, the rabid book loving reader, would find yourself falling more and more behind? You thought you did everything right from buying the book on time to mentally setting time aside to start reading. The only thing you see is the dust collecting on your paperback or e-reader. Time is running out book friend, and so is the realization you may not finish your book club selection.
Many agree it's probably the business of life that is to blame and when that happens it can be so discouraging as the date to meet with your group looms before you. There is a humorous name for it in book club circles and it's called, book shame. Book shame simply means, showing up without finishing the novel or not being able to contribute to the book discussion. Pretty much a bump on the book club sofa.
So how do we overcome this walk of book shame? You can try 'faking it' by doing an internet search on the synopsis of the book or even finding a review on Amazon. That might get you through the first moments of discussion but after awhile your book friends will leave you behind and you will, unfortunately, go back to being that bump on the book club sofa. With no time left, there are ways out there that will either help you finish or at the very least keep you in the discussion loop. Some consider these book club controversial but to others they are lifesavers.
Book movies: You've heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by it's movie". Years ago we had a book club friend that never seemed to be able to complete the book on time. What she would complete though was the movie of the book. If there was a novel turned movie she was there. The problem with book movies is that they are rarely done well. The movie will edit out favorite scenes, characters, quotes and even add completely different scenarios than in the book. Our book club friend would say, "Was that in the book?" or even describe a scene from the movie that was not in the book. In the end, if you are down to the wire and rather watch a book turned movie please be aware not everything you just saw will be in the book. Maybe before hand, ask your book friends if it's okay if you offer up your movie opinions. You never know, they might enjoy a unique perspective which could make an even more great book club discussion.
Some of the best books to movies: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Book Thief, The Help, Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, to name just a few.
Unfortunately for some, life gets in the way of our reading but don't let time be your enemy. Not finishing a book or even starting is a rare thing for us. Hopefully, some of these book finishing tips will get you ready for your book club discussion. Say goodbye to book shame!
The Book Club