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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Announcing the North and South Read-a-Long!

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Long13 Comments

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Hello everyone!

I’ve been talking on Twitter about doing (or finding) a classic book to do a read-a-long with. Most that I stumble on are already well under way and so I usually don’t join in. Then the other day I was talking to Liz from Consumed by Books about our mutual love of the BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. (This is such an amazing mini-series and you must watch it if you haven’t already.) She also mentioned that while she’s seen the mini-series several times she’s never actually read the book. I’ve read the book but it was eons ago and so suggested that maybe we could do a read-a-long.
Therefore, starting on 01 November I am going to start reading North and South and posting weekly updates here on my thoughts. I’ll post my thoughts at the end of each week and read the book using the following schedule:

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 10
Week 2: Chapters 11 – 20
Week 3: Chapters 21 – 30
Week 4: Chapters 31 – 40
Week 5: Chapters 41 – 52

There is also a good chance that I will be re-watching the mini-series after this re-read of the book…because its on Netflix Instant View and I just can’t help but watch it on a regular basis. I am excited for this read-a-long because I last read North and South back when I was around 15 or so and haven’t read it since. So this will almost be like reading the book for the first time as I am sure there is much that I have forgotten! 
I’ve included a Mr Linky just in case anyone else would like to join in the read-a-long….and will have one for each weeks thought post. If you don’t have a blog for the URL then you can always join via the comments. So feel free the grab the button above, the book from your nearest book store or library and join in the fun!

13 Responses to “Announcing the North and South Read-a-Long!”

  1. Dawn

    Let me be the first to join in! Because I love this book like I loved Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. Not only do I watch the miniseries on a regular basis, but I want to marry Mr. Thornton. I’m going to pull out my copy and start the read along because I simply cannot resist joining in!

  2. Stefne

    I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo but I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while and really want to read it! Breaking it into weeks will help me stay with it.
    Thanks for doing this read a long!

  3. sarahem

    If I can get a copy from the library in time you can definitely count me in. I’ll probably just be participating through comments though.

  4. Amanda

    I’ve been wanting to read a Gaskell novel for the longest time! I’m having a baby in the next two weeks, but I’ll try to keep up!

  5. Music4Betty

    Joined! I’m almost done with Pride and Prejudice, so it will be nice to read another classic. I’ve never read North and South. I’m excited 🙂

  6. *-- D. L. K i n g --*

    This is so cool that you’re doing this. It’s one of the perfect classic books to use for a read-a-long. I just wish I had time to do this right now. 🙁 At least I can tell people about it, though. 🙂 Have a wonderful time!

  7. QNPoohBear

    I love N&S! It’s a great book and mini series. Mr. Thornton = swoonworthy! I reread the book recently on Project Guttenburg. I hope everyone enjoys it!

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