Read-a-Long Suggestions for 2013

Read-a-Longers, have I ever told you how very much I love you all? I adore being able to do these Read-a-Longs with people who are actually interesting in reading! It’s like a book club where everyone has actually read the book, and comes ready to talk about it. Over the past two years, I feel like I’ve really gotten to know some of you because we’ve delved into our opinions and experiences while discussing the titles. So, thank you for being a part of this! The Read-a-Longs are such a big part of this blog. I had no idea it would be this way, to be honest. I love doing the other posts, but the Read-a-Longs are where I have gotten to know you – so they hold a special place in my heart! I hope you’ve enjoyed them too, and the getting to know each other along the way.

I have a list started for the 2013 Read-a-Long schedule, but I’m wondering if you have anything that you would like to read in particular. ย Since we typically read about 6-8 books per year, I only have a few slots available, but would love to see if there are any titles that have a resounding “Read Me!” cry from all of you. Non-fiction and fiction titles are eligible. I typically try to keep the books to authors who aren’t alive. Not only does this usually mean the book has been around long enough to have earned its reputation, but also we don’t have to worry about authors reading our raw thoughts or responding to them as we go along. We have read two authors who are living (David McCullough and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich), but their web presence is minimal (and David and Laura, we love you both!). I’d prefer to keep it to people who are no longer able to put in their two cents if possible (but if you just can’t help it and have a few titles where the author is alive and kicking – please keep it to people who are too established to care what we are saying; those tend to be people who write for the knowledge factor rather than the artistic).

Looking forward to seeing which titles you’re wanting to read!

44 thoughts on “Read-a-Long Suggestions for 2013

  1. Ooo, this is hard. I really like how many classics we’ve read this year. I think I’ve mentioned it before but I am totally intimidated by a lot of classics. It’s been so nice to read them at leisurely pace and getting to discuss them with everyone participating in the read-alongs.

    This has not been a helpful comment probably so I’ll come back when I have a brilliant idea!

  2. hi Wallace! Have you already included any biographies on your list?
    I’d like to read one. I am reading R F K by C. David Heymann and I am really enjoying it so far. And since I guess we are all Austens’ fans, there is always Jane Austen: a life, by Claire Tomalin.

  3. I really love reading classics with all of you. I know I get so much more out of them than if I read them alone. I have been wanting to read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” for a long time and I think that might be a fun Halloween 2013 read. :)

  4. Hi Wallace,
    I plan to do a read along with a friend in early 2013 – Gone With the Wind. Maybe you’ve already read it or done a read along for it. I hope to participate in many more read alongside in 2013!!
    Danette

    • There are some great translations of The Iliad. Would LOVE to do that, but it is a bit long. What about a play or two? Shakespeare anyone?

      • Iliad isn’t that long, only about 100 pages more than Wuthering Heights, comparing the OWC editions. Not a terribly big increase, and shorter than a few other suggestions.

        Shakespeare would be good, or Marlowe.

    • Beowolf is an excellent story, but you would have to ensure that everyone has the right translations…

  5. How about something by one of the older masters of the English Mystery such as Dorothy Sayers or Josephine Tey?

  6. Little Man, What Now? by Hans Fallada is a rediscovered classic from pre-WWII Germany. Northanger Abbey. Would be fun to group read something from the 18th century like Humphry Clinker or Tristram Shandy. Goodbye to All That.

  7. Dracula is always something I can slip into reading with great ease. Sticking with the dead authors gambit, and going on the suggestionsabove of Beowulf say, any excuse for a good Icelandic Saga workd for me, in particular Njรกls saga, or perhaps some Holmes, say Hound of the BaskeIrvilles, or even Crime & Punishment, as much because I’d like to re-read these but discuss them with other people as I go along as anything else.

  8. Thanks, everyone, for the ideas! Really looking forward to putting the list together. Will hopefully have it up late November/ early December.

  9. I would be game for most anything, but I’ve been meaning to read Pride and Prejudice or Emma by Jane Austen. I would also like to suggest A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett or Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

  10. How about something over the top dramatic like War and Peace. I would love to read it, but it would be so much easier with a group!

  11. Am loving the suggestions! I’m also thinking that reading non-fiction from someone who is no longer with us is going to be a bit difficult because it will probably be outdated, so if there are any fabulous biographies, that you’d like to read, written by people who are are still alive ABOUT historical figures, go ahead and recommend them. :)

  12. Hope I’m not too late to weigh in! I’ve been thinking how special a Cranford read-along would be, or Elizabeth Gaskell’s Charlotte Bronte bio. And for some reason Willa Cather’s Song of the Lark is pulling, pulling at me as a suggestion! Would we DARE take on Finnegan’s Wake?? (Didn’t think so.) ;) Oh but I LOVE this as a read-along challenge: Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh! Helen Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road also comes to mind as a lovely diversion I’ve been dying for years to read; and am I the only one who’s never-tackled-but-wanted-to Watership Down???

  13. Vanity Fair has been sitting on my shelf for a year or so and would be great to read with the group! Also, as far as biographies, I’ve been wanting to delve into Zelda by Nancy Milford. Since we’ve done The Great Gatsby and A Moveable Feast this past year, it might be fun to read more about Zelda’s life.

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