Book Club v. Polar Vortex

7 Feb

If you weren’t aware the American Midwest (where I live) got blasted with a polar vortex last week that had temperatures below zero with wind chills that took us to about -20 here in Michigan. It was -60 in other places. (This is all in Fahrenheit, by the way. Yeah, we’re shocked, too.) With such extreme weather, some things had to step aside.

One of them was my book club. Monday night, we got about six inches of snow starting at noon and going until midnight. We needed it so the roads would be super icy come the freezing weather. Anyway, with such poor road conditions, the library closed early. Which made it hard for my book club to meet.

We were supposed to discuss The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati. I was already nervous about this meeting because I read the book so long ago, wrapping it up in late December. I wasn’t sure how much I would remember in late January.

Our discussion leader and our librarian contact discussed some options for us. The book that we are set to discuss in February, Kiss Carlo, is part of a program at our library and if we push it back, other groups won’t have access to our copies and won’t be able to read it before the author comes to speak. So we must push ahead with Carlo. But what to do with The Gilded Hour?

It was decided that we’ll push The Gilded Hour to March and bump all out future books back a month to compensate. I’m even more nervous about remembering the details of Donati’s book now, with three months between finishing it and discussing it. I bet I’m not the only one who forgets a lot.

I’d like to think there’s not a lot that can come between me and reading. But I guess sub-zero freezing temperatures can.

Until next time, write on.

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6 Responses to “Book Club v. Polar Vortex”

  1. Roachie's Reviews February 7, 2019 at 11:08 AM #

    That’s SO cold! I can’t even imagine what that’s like. The coldest I’ve known it to be is -7 degrees Celsius (that’s about 20 degrees Fahrenheit) and my body just couldn’t cope with it and I didn’t leave the house for three days.

    I’m sure all the details of the book will start coming back to you once you start discussing it with your book club – and if it doesn’t then that’s OK too! 🙂


    • Sam February 7, 2019 at 12:46 PM #

      I’m hoping we don’t all forget the details! As long as they’re not frozen in our heads, we’ll be ok. Happy reading!


  2. Book Admirer February 7, 2019 at 2:56 PM #

    I am in the same boat. My book club was canceled due to snow last month so we are discussing it this month. Which wouldn’t be so difficult except that I am in four book clubs which puts about five other books between when I read that one and when we meet. I started keeping a paper book reading log this year where I can jot down a quick review of the book with enough details that help me discuss it in book club. It is especially helpful if I don’t get to the review on my blog beforehand, which happened in this case.


    • Sam February 7, 2019 at 3:05 PM #

      Smart! I usually get to my review on the blog before I finish too many other books. I guess that’s the only advantage to being a slow reader haha. Happy reading!


  3. churdan February 7, 2019 at 3:27 PM #

    “I’d like to think there’s not a lot that can come between me and reading. But I guess sub-zero freezing temperatures can.”

    Actually, the snow came btwn you and the discussion.

    I finished The Gilded Hour in early to mid January – unusually early for me.. I was just glad to have it done. Like you, I worried that I wouldn’t remember it well enough for the discussion. It was a relief to read that someone younger worried abt not remembering!

    The March discussion – I AM NOT ‘re-reading it. Once was enough. I trust that our faithful leader will remember what we’ve forgotten.

    Read on, Sam, read on.




    • Sam February 7, 2019 at 3:46 PM #

      Hey, Diane! There’s no way I’m rereading it, either. That book was far too long! I hope the notes I have from my book review are enough. Happy reading!


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