“Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell has me shaking in my shoes. It’s sitting on the end table in my living room, mocking me.
I have exactly 46 days to read it for book club. 46 days. JUST 46 DAYS!
It’s not the content that intimidates me. It’s the page count. The copy I’ve borrowed is 1,037 pages. And each page is filled with tiny text, squished together.
We meet Thursday, Feb. 4, so that means if I start today and read 22 1/2 pages every day, including holidays and the day of the meeting, I can finish. That doesn’t sound like much, right? But lately, I’ve been struggling to get done what is required of me every day as a wife, mom and writer, much less anything else.
Some book club members have already thrown up their hands, said they’re not going to read it. Another friend has been searching for an affordable version of the audiobook, but it’s like $200 – for the cassettes. Who listens to cassettes anymore?
I guess there’s nothing left to do but get started. I’ll document my progress here, or bemoan my lack thereof, so check back often.
Here goes … “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm …”
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