Before long, it will be that time of year when all the reading challenges will start popping up for 2020. This year, I started out planning to continue with the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge but then decided not to. I then came up with my own reading challenge. But…….I haven’t done so well with it honestly. Ha! I will post a review of that closer towards the end of the year. I’m already thinking this coming year will be NO reading challenges – not even my own. 🙂
Anyhoo….I’ve been thinking about books I might like to read once I finish Les Misérables and The House Of Mirth (more on that below) as well as potential read-alongs I might like to participate in.
I’ve come to really appreciate and love the read-along format…even more than a book club. *gasp* When I say book club, I mean the format where you read the whole book yourself then meet up at the end of the month (or whatever date is set) to discuss the entire book. These are great and I do enjoy a good book club. But what I really appreciate about the read-along format is the opportunity to discuss the book *as* you are reading it. Especially a book like Les Misérables that I’m doing a read-along for right now – there is so much in this book that I can’t even fathom trying to discuss it all in one sitting after having read the whole book. Every single time I’ve sat down to write about the section I’ve read for the week, it has turned out to be a long post. I even split the first section into three posts! And there was still more that could have been talked about!
But even before my current Les Misérables read-along was Silvia’s read-along for Don Quixote Book I. That was really my first time participating in a scheduled read-along. And it was so great! (I have done a book club in the blog format but the structure was different.) I loved the insights Silvia shared and I loved sharing thoughts and comments on the book as we read along. I really believe that Silvia’s read-along helped me appreciate the novel even more. So Silvia, thank you for such a wonderful experience with my first scheduled read-along. I am looking forward to your Don Quixote Book 2 read-along!
I think the read-along format is especially helpful for the really long classics. I think about when I read War and Peace by Tolstoy and can’t help but wonder if I would have liked it better if I had read it as a read-along with others. I’d love to see some of the other longer classics done as read-alongs – like maybe East of Eden by Steinbeck or Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. Or even The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck (it isn’t quite as long as some of the other really long classics).
So in looking forward at what I might want to read and what read-alongs I might want to join in, I know there are three read-alongs right now that I want to participate in.
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton Read-Along hosted by Cleo. This starts in November so it is taking place during my reading of Les Misérables. But I am going to do my best to read along. I even bought the book this week! So I’m all set to get started. 🙂
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Read-Along hosted by Silvia and Ruth. My local library has this on audiobook but I will probably just buy a print copy when it gets closer to the time of the read-along.
- Silvia’s read-along for Don Quixote Book II whenever she plans to do that.
I also have my continually growing classics TBR list I will continue to work on. There are a few titles that are at the top of my list though. These are ones that I really want to prioritize right now (once I finish Les Misérables and The House of Mirth):
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien – I finished The Two Towers recently and decided to put reading The Return of the King on hold to read Les Misérables. I am really looking forward to reading this last one in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky – I have slowly worked on this book for what seems like for-ev-er. I want to get this finished. I actually only have probably about 1/4 of the book left…maybe less.
And…..if I come across other read-alongs of books on my TBR list or of books that sound interesting to read, I might join in. 🙂 Maybe someone will do a read-along for Anna Karenina by Tolstoy or Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert at some point. I would love to be able to read those with a read-along! I had Madame Bovary on my TBR list at one time and have put it back on there. Silvia mentioned it as one of her favorite books which got me interested in putting it back on my TBR list.
That’s it for now. Being that I definitely have the tendency of being a mood reader and also because you never know when someone may do a read-along you would be interested in joining in on, I don’t want to make a ton of plans. Ha! My reading plans are always flexible. 😉 And when 2020 rolls around, I know more book reading plans will be made.