It’s here! Finally after all of the pairing down and vote taking, it’s here! I just want to take a minute and thank all of you who consistently read with me. I have so much fun discussing these books with you, and (as I’ve said before), get infinitely more insight out of them than if I was reading them alone. I’m looking forward to reading in the new year with all of you; veterans and newbies alike!
Disclaimer: I admit that I’m hesitant about reading two Jane Austen books this year. However, it was by surprisingly strong demand that we are doing so – so I will look forward to many people participating in those read-a-longs (since so many of you voted for those two titles). I tried to space them out enough that we won’t feel Austen-inundated, and I since they both only take a month to read, I’m hoping that those of you who are not thrilled about this prospect will not be discouraged.
As always, I will officially post the schedule on the Read-a-Long page as soon as we finish The Hobbit. If you are not signed up for Read-a-Long alerts (an e-mail that is sent before the sign-ups go up for each new Read-a-Long), and would like to be, you can find the link to that on the page as well. You can also “like” or bookmark Unputdownables Facebook page, which posts updates for our Read-a-Longs. One last note: For all classics, I typically read out of Barnes and Noble Classics editions. I find them the most thorough in their footnotes and translations (in some older books, other languages are used and many editions do not translate). I also like the fact that the notes are on the same page as the reading, so you do not have to flip to the back of your book to look up items that are being written about. The exception to this (this year) is for Persuasion. I will be trying out the Annotated Persuasion by Knopf/Doubleday (they offer all of Jane Austen’s, and apparently only her, books in this format).
Without further ado, here is the…
Reading schedule for 2013:
January: Persuasion by Jane Austen
February, March, April: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
May: The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
June, July, August: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
September: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
October: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
November, December: Zelda by Nancy Milford