Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The 100 Pages Club

That's what these stacks of books on my dresser are likely to become members of.

It's new.  I just created it. I'm the president and the secret password to get in is: Uncompelling.

I mentioned that I'm working on creating a list of the best children/teen books for 2010/11.  It is a huge task (I'm actually on a large committee) and of course I'm behind schedule for how many books I would be proud to recommend.

So--new tactic.  I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.  I'll give a chapter book 100 pages.  If, by then, I don't care enough about the story or characters to want to keep going, the book gets added to the club.


Midthought, I will abandon these books to their own company and move on to the next hopeful.
The piles of unread books are tall, and some are precarious.  For my own safety I have got to make more headway on this project.
But still, it feels so strange to be tossing them out before they get to prove that they really redeem themselves with a great ending.   

I'm grateful this is not the approach we take with people.


  1. Ooooh, Jodi - you got me with that last line there. Good stuff! And I'm looking forward to getting the kids some of your winning recommendations.