I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue saying it until I’m blue in the face: reading is better when done with other people. I feel like I have to scream about this a little because I think I have not convinced enough people yet. This post should go a long way to helping people see how fun it is to read books with your friends.
Dauphin is an original Voyage Outer. He’s the most intelligent reader I know. He is able to see books as a whole, connecting dots that I find very difficult to connect. He always looks at a novel in a way I never thought to explore. I take those explorations, and put them in my back pocket, and try to use them the next time I crack a novel open.
I still struggle to understand most of the things I read, but every discussion with Dauphin gets me a little closer.
Today we complete the Elite Eight. The competitions are so good right now, and I hate to see any of these books go home. I feel like the last eight are really descriptive of us as a reading group, or at least the reading group we’d hope to be.
Come see us on the 28th of this month at BookPeople to discuss Pat Barker’s Life Class.
Write-up for Dauphin:
A text message conversation in which Lindsey forces Dauphin to be a judge for this round.
Lindsey: Okay dude. Disgrace or Play It As It Lays? Pick.
Dauphin: Soooo… I’m in the Disgrace camp. But I think [Play It As It Lays] is incredible. Not an anti-Play It As It Lays pick.
L: I agree. Why Disgrace?
D: Hm. Well. Human failure has never been more compelling?
[Ridiculous and mildly-offensive exchange redacted]
D: But honestly it’s really one of the most incredible tales of failure and humanity I’ve ever read. It’s not one for the weak.
L: Totally. One needs a heartless crew to read with. Hi, Voyage Out!
Okay last match-up. S.: A Novel of the Balkans or Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?
D: Wind-Up. One sentence? Basically a how to book on finding lost cats?
The final four looks like this:
Disgrace Vs. Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Galore Vs. Provinces of Night
One for the ages!