“So, I’ve been thinking about the December book selection for Sisters Book Club,” I said to my sister on our weekly phone call. I didn’t lead with that. I started with the standard run-down of all of the cute things her niece and nephew did this week, and an hour later, I got to Sisters Book Club.
“Oh, yeah?” she replied.
“Yeah. I’ve done something a little crazy—or maybe a lot crazy—and I’ve already joined two reading challenges for December, one to read St. Augustine’s City of God and the other to read James Joyce’s Ulysses…”
“…so I’m not sure how much else I can read in December.”
“I thought about having Sisters Book Club just read one of those books, but I’m not sure if City of God really matches the character of Sisters Book Club.”
“Well, how about the other one?”
“Ulysses? Well, I guess we could. It’s kind of a challenging read, though. I’m not sure how popular a choice it would be for Sisters Book Club.”
“What it’s about?”
“It’s a stream-of-consciousness, modernized version of Homer’s Odyssey.”
“It was also banned from publication in the U.S. for several years because of obscenity charges.”
“Well, I’ve got a pretty light December, so I could probably do it.”
And so that’s how we picked Ulysses for our Sisters Book Club December selection.
The other read-along I’m involved in for this book is at Roof Beam Reader. There is a much more complete description of the book there, as well as some pretty cool resources and pointers in the comments, including a link to a color-coded, annotated, online version of the book. Roof Beam Reader will also be posting updates and thoughts along the way, so if you’re looking for viewpoints and discussion beyond the brains of my sister and me, that’s a great place to visit.
If you’d like to read along with us, you can state your intention in the comments or join our Sisters Book Club Goodreads Group. Or you could bypass us altogether and just join the read-along at Roof Beam Reader, which is totally cool with me.
The dates for Roof Beam Reader’s read-along are December 15 – January 5, and the official dates for Sisters Book Club are December 1 – December 31, but I’m starting as soon as I finish this blog post. Well, as soon as I finish this blog post and the dinner dishes. Which probably means I’ll be starting it tomorrow.