Here is an attempt at a manageable Read-a-Long for summer. I know that some of you miss the Read-a-Longs and I am hoping to find a way to do them without feeling overwhelmed (or like I am only reading books I am having to/supposed to read). So, I’ve found a group of books that I’ve been wanting to read… each would take only a month to finish. I’ll try this out in July, and see how it goes – if well, I’ll continue on, if not, I can still give you reading schedules so that if you’d like to read them you can have the reading broken down for you!
Here is how this will work: If you’d like to be part of the Read-a-Long, go ahead and sign up below. I’m posting the reading schedule (which will only be to help you get through the novel, not for discussions), and we’ll chat about it at the end in a big discussion post.
A few things… the weekly discussion post is too much for me at the moment, but I’m happy to put up a post each Monday checking in just so that people can discuss if they want, and have a place where they are checking in for accountability sake. OR I can just do the discussion post at the end and assume you are still reading. Either way is fine with me… which would you rather? Also, either way there WILL be a discussion post at the end of the month (on the last Monday, which is July 28th).
For June, I’ve chosen The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. (Note: the link contains spoilers towards the end of the page.)
The reading break down is different than usual, since the chapters are wonky-long (there are only five), I’ve had to do my best to find break points. I have the Picador edition, so am using those page numbers, but am also putting the first sentence of the stopping paragraph (meaning, when you get to this paragraph STOP, do not keep reading, you are finished for the week). That way, you can find the right page-ish, and hopefully find the stopping paragraph from there. Oh Jeffrey… he isn’t making it easy for us this time.
This book is 243 pages, which means we’ll read 60 pages per week/ 9 pages per day.
Week One: Stop on page 63 at the paragraph that begins, “We spoke to them in snatches, each of us adding a sentence to a communal conversation.”
Week Two: Stop on page 121 at the paragraph that begins, “The girls were smiling as they entered the gymnasium amid the glowing pumpkins and scarecrows dressed in school colors.”
Week Three: Stop at page 180 at the paragraph that begins, “Though we felt for the Lisbon girls, and continued to think about them, they were slipping away from us.”
Week Four: Read till the end.
Any questions? Feel free to ask below. Here is the tentative schedule for the rest of the year if this month goes well and I can keep up!