How do you feel about read-a-longs? Wondrous (read: potentially fraught) occasions where we would band together to read a long or difficult book. It would be like a scary-movie-thon, but without the possibility of bed wetting.

I am of the opinion that if a book isn’t working for you, you should be able to give it up. Yet, there are some books I want to read regardless, because I can learn something from them, experience a detailed new world or get enough exposure to justify a good moan.

Books that come to mind: Lord of the Rings, Ulysses, Infinite Jest, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Second Sex…

It could read a book a month, every three months, six months or a year – at the moment I’m just registering interest.


What do you think? Are there any books you would recommend?

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@nomoreparades would be up for LOTR later in the year. (Already lined up what I want to read for the next few months.)


@nomoreparades I’ve always wanted to get involved in something like this, but dont think I could commit to going the same speed as everyone.


@nomoreparades I’m game. Always wanted to read Count of Monte Cristo as Three Musketeers is excellent.


I’m hosting an Age Of Innocence Readalong next month with Jacqui’s Wine Journal, but if you are doing Infinite Jest this year I could be persuaded. I doubt I will ever get round to it in my own time…..


@nomoreparades I’d be interested in joining in for the longer books that I’ve never read but always meant to.


RT @nomoreparades: Read with me

Jenny @ Reading the End

I love a readalong! I’m doing one of Villette, I think, in March, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’d totally do a readalong of The Count of Monte Cristo one time, if you wanted to do one! I haven’t read that book in absolutely years.

Literary Relish

Love reading posts about read-a-longs but couldn’t stick to it. Nearest I’ve ever come is my book group.


[…] Alice wonders how you feel about read-alongs. […]


I always try to finish a book when I start reading it. Regardless of whether I got bored from reading it or not.

I was reading this book once, and yes, I got bored in the first two chapters and didn’t read it for a year. When I decided to read it for real this time, I told myself I should have read it sooner. The story just became amazing halfway through it. Every book was worth a read.


Depending on the book length and time scale I would be interested. I’ll be an infrequent read-a-long-er :)


I’ve always wanted to participate in a read-a-long. But they are either not announced with enough time to find the book, or it is ‘Read this book in a Week!’ Which I cannot do with regular life as well.

yasmine rose

I have always been meaning to read The Second Sex so would definitely be interested in that!


All the titles you have mentioned are there on my ‘TBR’ list – Lord of the Rings, Ulysses, Infinite Jest, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Second Sex. If you decide to host a readalong of any of them, I would love to join. Some other chunksters which could be potential readalong titles – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Tower by Uwe Tellkamp, Lost Illusions by Balzac, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. My list is biased, because these are all books that I want to read :)