Read with me

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?

21 thoughts on “Read with me

  1. 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…..


  2. 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.


    1. The more I contemplate the idea the more I wonder if I could sustain it too. I also wonder if the enforced reading and commenting on the book would put me off. I like reading posts about read-a-longs too, it’s always interesting to gets people’s experience at different stages of a story, as it can often be a bumpy ride.


  3. 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.


    1. I admire your drive 🙂 I find that if I try to force my way through a book I tend to get into a slump and don’t read for a while. I guess it effects everyone differently.

      I have had some experiences where I’ve come back to a book a year or two later and loved it, I found I reached a point in my where I am able to connect with it, if that makes sense.


  4. 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.


    1. These are good tips for me to keep in mind should I start one. I think I would definitely want to run it for longer than a week, that’s definitely not enough time.


  5. 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 🙂


    1. Thank you for the recommendations! I definitely want to do a read-a-long now, so I’ll have to think up how long to do it for soon and post. How long would you want to be reading for?


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