I have recently just joined a newly formed bookclub with a few girls I know and a few girls they know. We are all very excited to meet and discuss our first book next week. The dilemma? I am halfway through the most excruciatingly horrible book I have ever read. Okay, I might be being a bit dramatic, but man, this book really rubs me the wrong way. It's called The Slap, by Christos Tsiolkas. I won't go into huge detail, but every time I read it my stomach churns in horror. I find it vulgar, offensive, stereotypically insulting and dully predictable. None of the characters are likeable, and I find it very difficult to be empathetic towards any of them.
So, here I am with one week left and 200 pages left to slog through, and all I really want to do is read something I would enjoy instead of wasting hours of my time reading something that gives me no pleasure.
But it's a reading club, right? And it only works if everyone reads the book...
Part of me has this teenage rebellious carpe diem sort of heart about it- why waste the time in my precious life doing something I don't love? The other part of me- the responsible, follow-the-rules adult thinks- just read it and get it over with, it's only fair to the others.
What would you do?