Well, it’s been a minute. COVID-19 maybe has a lot of people spending more time on pursuits like reading, and I’ve wondered if it might not be a good time to spark up another online group read. Do people even use the internet for this sort of thing anymore? Is everything on Reddit and Discord now? Does literary discourse mostly happen in bite-sized dispatches on Twitter? I don’t know! I’ve had my head pretty much in the sand and done most of my reading in isolation since my last post here more than six years ago.
Granting for a moment that there might be people on the web who still look at sites like this and who would like to read a big book together, what book would be fun to do? Some potential candidates:
- Jerusalem, by Alan Moore
- Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellman
- The Decameron, by Boccaccio (topical-ish)
- Mason & Dixon or Against the Day by Pynchon
- The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace
- The Broken Earth Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin (a bit of a departure from what we’ve done here previously)
- Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
- Cloud Atlas or The Thousand Autumns of Jacob DeZoet, by David Mitchell
- The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
I’ve read and own all of these, which I’ll confess is a motivating factor for starting the list with these. I’m definitely more interested in rereading some than others. Maybe there are others still that’d be fun to read along with people who’ve frequented this site in the past.
If you’re maybe game for reading something together over the next few months, drop a note in the comments. If you’d like to express a preference for a particular book (whether on the list above or not), please do — and if you’d be game to blog a book alongside me, please say as much and I’ll be in touch if we go forward and select a book you’re interested in writing about.
I’m just putting out feelers for now. This may not happen. But maybe, if enough people seem interested and we can settle on a book, it will.