Morning Meanderings… and “don’t tell my book club!”

Ok… I have to be quick this morning… I have Church in about twenty minutes and after that I really must get home and read.

Our book club – The bookies meets on Tuesday of this week.  We are reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton  and I am really excited because I have wanted to read this one… it is 552 pages…


I started it last night.

OK – SHHHHHH!!!!!!  Keep you voices down!

I know – I know…..

I should have started it earlier, I should have been working on it all month and finished early…


I didn’t.

Now here I am on the eve of the eve of the eve of our Book Club and I am going to have to power read the next two days.


I have a big awards event tonight I am helping with and tomorrow I work a short day but have a meeting at 2 pm and a group meeting at 6:30 pm.  Reading this book is going to be hit and miss for time…. but…

I must do it.

I want to do it.

Can I do it???

Has this ever happened to you?

Were you ever supposed to have a book read for a book meeting or for a discussion of some sort and had to scramble at the last days?


61 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… and “don’t tell my book club!”

  1. lol
    good luck stella, Hope you’ll finish it on time

    What you wrote above reminds me the deadline of many school project. Sometimes I could catch up but most of them were failed.

  2. Oh, my, that takes me back to college and cramming for exams! That’s what it must feel like…and, of course, I’m sure, I must have done that at one time or another, but I’m usually so TOGETHER! LOL

    Good luck!

    1. I had this happen a few times last year with the addition of the “book intake”. I need to stop procrastinating on the Bookies reads and do it. I first tell myself I do not want to start too soon because it will be a distant memory by the time we review…. then I am in the middle of a different book so I want to finish that one first and then… well, here we are.

  3. Good luck, Sheila! As a matter of fact, two years ago I read this book in 2 days because of school. It was then I realized that if the English language is simple I can easily read 50 pages in an hour:-P

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  5. Elisabeth

    Ah, sounds like me, I tend to read my Book Club books right before we meet, so they are fresh in my mind and that gets me into pickles sometimes accompanied by late night reading and day of cramming!

  6. dianas2743

    the only thing I really let go to the last minute is my ironing. I find I want to wear a favorite top and really meant to iron it, then it’s a scramble to get the iron out.
    As far as books go, my intention to read a book a week often gets put to the back burner with a thousand and one excuses, then I’m pushing on the weekend to finish so I can excitedly start my new one.

  7. Hmmm…one thought – do any of your book group members read your blog? LOL

    I have done this before and with my book group. I just confessed that I didn’t get through with it, but I’d continue on after the meeting. Fortunately, I’m one of those people who sometimes peeks at the end of the book or doesn’t mind spoilers. Once, I didn’t even read the book at all!! And I was the moderator. Long story, but it all went OK.

  8. Unfortunately I have been in your shoes. I finished People of the Book on the day of the book discussion just hours before. I’ve also had to speed read a book I was supposed to lead the discussion on (thankfully I finished that one and at least it was fresh in my mind). For one book discussion, only the leader finished the book (One Hundred Years of Solitude). I procrastinated but I think if I’d started it at the beginning of the month I still wouldn’t have finished. It just wasn’t my kind of book. Good luck with your book! I’ve heard good things about Kate Morton’s books.

  9. diana mack

    everyone in a book club has done that,,,just a shame you did it with the big book!
    it is worth reading….she’s a great writer!!

  10. librarypat

    I have a bad habit of starting books too late when I need to have them done by a certain time. I wait to read the Harry Potter books until just before the movie comes out. I have finished 2 the night before seeing the movie, and Book 6 I was only 2/3 of the way through. There are no deadlines now other than those I set for myself.

  11. I always end up taking too many books out of the library that can’t be renewed because of holds. So I usually end up reading nonstop for a couple days before the due date. I hate returning books unread. I feel like I’ve wasted the librarians time. Everything in my life is like this, thought. 🙂

  12. This happened to me last year with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I ended up reading for hours the night before and about ten hours straight the day of (I was lucky my husband was working from home that day, and that he didn’t get upset about me having my nose in a book all day). I ended up finishing the book about two minutes before I had to leave for book club. Thankfully the others in our group leave their reading to the last minute also, so they are pretty understanding.

    I hope you are able to finish it!

  13. OMG yes that has happened to me with a few book tours either I have gotten the date wrong or there was a mix up and I have had to scramble the night before to read the whole book. So now any tour books I try and read as soon as they come in to avoid this.

    Good luck I hope you get it done before your meet up.

  14. LOL!! This happens to me all the time! I always want to read the book closer to our meeting date, so that the story is fresher in my mind. Then, come to find out, I don’t plan accordingly or something comes up, and I am left reading late on book club eve . . . or simply not finishing it! So glad to hear I am not alone! 🙂

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