Oh my… this is going to go down as the Post of the Polls! I know it looks daunting, but hopefully it will be more fun than tedious! I have listed the three books that will absolutely be on the Read-a-Long schedule for 2013. I have given you a bit of information so you can see how the how quickly or slowly the clip of this Read-a-Long season could be run.
Then, I have taken your suggestions into account (if not all specifically, then in general, though several specifically – I did have to be selective about making sure all of the titles I’ve offered are ones that I would like to read as well). Below, I have divided them into sections so that you can let me know which you are MOST interested in.
Realistically we read 5-7 books per year; not all that many – don’t forget it takes a couple of months to get through each one. So, this year I am also adding the option to vote for going faster in our pace of reading. Examples of this are underneath the three books I’ve listed below. Please be realistic in both your vote for pace and the books you are voting for, and also with the books you are choosing. Though you may have had a book on your Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Say I’ve Read This shelf for ages, will you interest you enough to actually stick with it once we get going? I find that people often have high hopes, but if they are not entertained – they are not interested. Therefore, may I encourage you to choose which book sounds most engaging to you, not most prestigious? Better a book read than a book wished to be read.
Also, I’ll take the poll results very seriously, but ultimately I will need to choose the final books by which will best fit our timeline and look the most interesting to everyone (me included). So, if you wonder why a book won a poll but isn’t featured – it may just be because it was too long to fit into the schedule without knocking two other titles off the list.
For Sure on the 2013 List:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Our Russian Lit of the year – a recommendation of Jacqueline, who has participated in every single Read-a-Long.)
576 pages (read in 2 months = 10 pages/day; read in 3 months = 7 pages/day)
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (We have read Charlotte and Emily in the past two years, we can’t forget Miss Anne!)
256 pages (read in 1 month = 9 pages/day; read in 2 months = 5 pages/ day)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (I adore Elizabeth Gaskell, and have been aching to read this book. I’ve seen the MP presentation of it and IT IS SO GOOD, and sure the book is even better!)
720 pages (This will be read in 3 months, which will make it 9 pages/day)