During November and December we’ll be reading Zelda by Nancy Milford for our Read-a-Long. Who’s in?
*** These are sign ups for the Read-a-Long, and also for leading discussion. If you’ve been reading with us for a bit, PLEASE consider leading a discussion! I will need a lot of help with this one, so if you’re willing to help please include the date(s) which you’re available to lead in your comment and I’ll e-mail you with instructions.
Please don’t be intimidated. You can treat leading the same way you would treat checking in… just posting your thoughts on the week’s reading! I really need your help for this one since it will be over the holidays. Thank you so much in advance for helping our read-a-longs continue! ***
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 November and December (eight weeks), with the first discussion happening on Monday, November 4th. The book is about 383 pages (depending on which edition you read) so that’s roughly 49 pages a week; about 7 pages a day.
- Don’t be intimidated. We will be going at a slow pace and discussing the book throughout our reading. The discussions are quite fun, and make the reading process very enjoyable!
What is Zelda about?
Zelda Sayre began as a Southern beauty, became an international wonder, and died by fire in a madhouse. With her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, she moved in a golden aura of excitement, romance, and promise. The epitome of the Jazz Age, together they rode the crest of the era: to its collapse and their own.
From years of exhaustive research, Nancy Milford brings alive the tormented, elusive personality of Zelda and clarifies as never before her relationship with Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda traces the inner disintegration of a gifted, despairing woman, torn by the clash between her husband’s career and her own talent. (via goodreads)
About the author, Nancy Milford:
Nancy Milford (born March 26, 1938, Dearborn, Michigan) is an American biographer. Milford is best known for her book Zelda about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda Fitzgerald. The book started out as her master’s thesis and was published to broad acclaim in 1970. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, spent 29 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list, and has since been translated into 17 languages. Her most recent book is Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, which was published in 2001. She is currently working on a biography of Rose Kennedy. Milford received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, then earned an M.A. (1964) and Ph.D. (1972) at Columbia University. While considering writing to be her primary career, Milford has also taught at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, Brown University, Vassar College, New York University, Bennington College, Briarcliff College, and Bard College. In 2002, she became a visiting professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and has since joined the permanent faculty there as a Distinguished Lecturer. In February, 2008, Milford was named the executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Milford lives in New York. (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, November 4th). 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 49 pages per week (about 7 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 Tuesday, October 29th, and ending Monday, December 23rd.
Week #/ Where to Stop (For example, in week one STOP and place your bookmark at Chapter VI.)
Week One/ Chapter 5
Week Two/ Chapter 8
Week Three/ Chapter 10
Week Four/ Chapter 13
Week Five/ Chapter 15
Week Six/ Chapter 18
Week Seven/ Chapter 19
Week Eight/ The End
Post #/ date discussion post will be up on blog:
Start-Up Post/ Today!
Week One/ November 4th
Week Two/ November 11th
Week Three/ November 18th
Week Four/ November 25th
Week Five/ December 2nd
Week Six/ December 9th
Week Seven/ December 16th
Week Eight/ December 23rd (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 (we’ve now switched to Mondays), 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.