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A Decade of Reading

Yesterday, a small handful of us met over the noon hour to discuss our newest book club. Basically, the purpose is to connect with others crazy enough to actively read through a “100 Books Before You Die” list.

My calculator tells me that it will take 8.3 years to get through 100 books. My gut says it will take longer, as some of the books found on these ambitious compilations are enormous and will likely take longer than a month to finish.

I’m cool with that. I can handle reading for the next decade. What I have a problem with are some of the books on the list.

Moby Dick. Has anyone in this town actually read Moby Dick from cover to cover? Because dabbling doesn’t count. Reading the first 60 pages only to discover we still haven’t checked into the inn doesn’t count. So what does count?

“Does a book count if I’ve read it when I was too inexperienced about life to fully understand it all?” I mused aloud in the library one day.

“Nope,” my friend and fellow reader responded.

Well, shoot. Looks like I have to try Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being once again…among others. Moby Dick.

No worries, though, I have ten years to get it done!

“What about watching a movie?” Em asked. Em is all about mixed media and adaptations where books are concerned. In my opinion, a story’s a story. And any time it’s told from a different perspective great things can happen. Apparently I’m not as stodgy as my aforementioned friend when it comes to counting books.

Besides, we’re starting the classics with Of Mice and Men. A book I’ve read before, and will happily read again. Plus, there’s a movie, a play, and a radio adaptation. As well as a metalcore rock band who took their name from the novel’s title and the theme that the best laid plans sometimes go awry.

If you join our 100 Books book club, you, too, can experience a decade of reading with other like-minded bibliophiles.

We hope to see you at our next meeting on August 15 @ noon. Pick up a copy of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, stop by the library and we can order one for you, or find a copy online.


Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.