During February and March we’ll be reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides for our Read-a-Long. Who’s in?
Thank you to all of you who weighed in on the discussion about Read-a-Long options. I know our first two selections of the year have been a bit modern, but do know that I heard you and will not be making all of the selections modern this year. We will definitely have classics on the list as well. Please feel free to continue adding titles that you would like to read to the conversation!
Quick Facts About the Read-a-Long:
- You do not have to be a book blogger to join.
- We will be reading the book in February and March (8 weeks), with the first discussion happening on Monday, February 10th. The book is about 529 pages (depending on which edition you read) so that’s roughly 66 pages a week; about 9 pages a day.
- Don’t be intimidated. Though we will be going at a somewhat quick pace, we will be discussing the book throughout our reading. The discussions are quite fun, and make the reading process very enjoyable!
What is Middlesex about?
“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license…records my first name simply as Cal.”
So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of 1967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic. (via goodreads)
About the author, Jeffrey Eugenides:
Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (born March 8, 1960) is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides (1993), Middlesex (2002), and The Marriage Plot (2011). The Virgin Suicides has been filmed, while Middlesex received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis. (more…)
Please let me know in the comments section of this post if you are interested! Hope you’ll join us, the more the merrier! Below is a break down of the reading schedule. Our first discussion will start Monday, February 10th). Please take care to sign up with the EXACT name you are using for the rest of the read-a-long (meaning, you will be commenting using that name only for the rest of the read-a-long, see below in “How it Works” for information on why that is important).
The following is the reading and posting schedule for this read-a-long. Please note, we will be reading roughly 66 pages per week (about 9 pages a day). Because it is always easier for us to stop at chapters (rather than on page numbers, because of different editions), I’ve had to round to the nearest chapter each week. Please look at the week’s page amount to best plan your reading in order to keep up.
Beginning Monday, February 10th, and ending Monday, March, 31st.
Week #/ Where to Stop (For example, in week one STOP and place your bookmark at the chapter called, The Silk Road.)
Week One/ The Silk Road
Week Two/ Marriage on Ice
Week Three/ Ex Ovo Omnia
Week Four/ Middlesex
Week Five/ Tiresias in Love
Week Six/ The Oracular Vulva
Week Seven/ Gender Dysphoria in San Francisco
Week Eight/ The End
Post #/ date discussion post will be up on blog:
Start-Up Post/ Today!
Week One/ February 10th
Week Two/ February 17th
Week Three/ February 24th
Week Four/ March 3rd
Week Five/ March 10th
Week Six/ March 17th
Week Seven/ March 24th
Week Eight/ March 31st (Final Review!)
** Please don’t forget to come to this blog each week to share your thoughts in the comments section of the weekly Read-a-Long discussion (see below for more information).**
How it Works:
- Each week, on Monday, I will post my thoughts about the week’s reading. You will have from Monday through the following Sunday to post yours. If you are stuck on what to comment about, you can respond to my post or others’ comments. Regardless, you MUST check in each week (two weeks without a response and you will be taken off of the list — see below for details on why). You may have only one “off week” (which may not be the last week of reading for obvious reasons) and still be kept on the list, but you must let me know in the comment section by saying something like, “This is my off week — I am catching up!” Please note that, in order to be counted, your offering to the discussion must be about the current weeks’ reading, not about past weeks. ***For all week’s discussions please refrain from posting ahead, even if you have read ahead, as to not spoil the book for others***
- As these Read-a-Longs grow, so do the amount of people who participate – yay, all the more fun!!! Also, all the more keeping track of who is still reading. As you know – if you have been absent from discussion for two weeks, you will be removed from the list. However, now, in order to get back on the list, you need to a.) Have missed no more than two weeks of discussion, b.) Let me know you would like to be on the list again, and c.) Consistently be part of the discussion for the next two weeks after requesting to be put back on the list. Am I trying to be mean? Absolutely not! I LOVE having you all read a long. It is, however, a lot of work to keep track of who’s still reading. To keep taking names off and putting them back on the list becomes tedious. Most importantly though, consistency is good for the group; we tend to get to know each other through discussions and rely on the conversation to keep us reading. Since I don’t do these read-a-longs to gain followers (I do them because the benefit of reading certain books with a group of dedicated people is often superior to reading them alone), I prefer to have a committed group – even if it is smaller. Reading with undedicated people is worst of all, which is why I care less about numbers and more about dedication to the book and the discussions.
- If you are a blogger, feel free to post a link to your blog if you are posting about each of the each week’s reading. If I, or other readers, have extra time we will gladly try to visit your blog; however, you must make sure to share your thoughts here on this blog, and be part of the main conversation or your comment will not be counted. This is to make sure that our conversation is easily accessible to everyone who is reading, and also to keep it from becoming disjointed.
- Comments from the previous week’s reading will be closing Sunday afternoon (before the next discussion takes place on Monday). If you would like to be part of the discussion, please remember to comment before then.