A friend and I were looking at a list of Oprah’s Book Club books recently, and we were shocked to find that we had only read a few of the 65-plus books on the list. These are not slouchy books – they are some of the best literature of the last hundred years or so. Unlike the best-seller lists, which can be unreliable at times, Oprah’s list contains the books that are considered among the greatest of what our American writers have to offer. My friend and I consider ourselves fairly well-read - at least we did before we looked at Oprah's list.
The challenge to myself is to read (or listen to) at least one Oprah Book Club book per month and report on each one in a Wednesday post. For at least a year. Starting in April.
I know, I know, some people blow through four or five novels every month, but I have this pesky job that keeps getting in the way of things I really need to do. Then there’s the blog, family and all those other little things that make up life. My “reading” is often limited to listening to the book on my I-Pod while commuting to and from work and on my two-hour trek to Mom’s every other weekend.
So, given my current schedule, I am going to set the bar low enough so that I might actually be able to sail over it. One book a month, and a Wednesday report.
Anyone want to join me? Next week I will post the entire Oprah Book Club list. Give it a shot – what do you have to lose? You might just get a little smarter in the process!