Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Riot is hosting a read-along of The Great Gatsby!

This post is related to our Riot Read of The Great Gatsby. Check out related posts here.


Alright folks, here we go. The inaugural Riot Read begins today, and we are kicking off with a few Gatsby-inspired posts, including an extended discussion of the first two sentences, a new literary term to describe Nick Carraway, and a look at what some notable readers said about it.

Also, our forums are live today, and there is a special sub-forum for Gatsby discussion. To get things started, our friends at Out of Print Clothing are giving away a Gatsby tote. To enter, leave a non-anonymous comment in this thread. We’ll draw somebody to win one. Out of Print has a few other prizes for us as the Riot Read moves along, so stay tuned there.

While there is no official schedule, some folks might want to pace themselves. So if you want to read at a steady pace, here is a possible roadmap

June 26 – July 2: Chapters 1 & 2

July 2 – July 9: Chapters 3 & 4

July 9 – July 16: Chapters 5 & 6

July 16 – July 23: Chapter 7

July 23 – July 31: Chapters 8 & 9

We hope there will be discussion happening at various paces, so there are dedicated forums for each chapter should you want to dip in and out at your own speed.

We hope you’ll read along with us. Any ideas about what we can do to make this more fun, interesting, and just plain better, please let us know.

I'm doing this, and am going to follow their reading pace.

I first read this to support Alex when he was reading it in high school (when we were in Atlanta). I'd never read it before (horrors!) and very much enjoyed it. Am looking forward to learning more about it this summer.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What's on my nightstand?

It's been a bit of a wild reading ride recently, mainly because we're in the middle of some home renovations and I'm also trying to get some progress on my genealogical work. But there's always time at the end of the day (or on the subway) for a good book.

I'm finishing up Howards End. 

  1. Howards End by E.M.Forster -  I wanted to have it read before the TIFF screening yesterday, at which James Ivory was interviewd by Eleanor Wachtel as part of their Books in Film series. But I didn't quite make it through, so that has to be number 1 on my list (and in my bag.)
  2. The Outsourced Self: Intimate LIfe in Market Times by Arlie Russell Hochschild. - I'm about a third of the way through this fascinating look at the impact on family life of the outsourcing of what were traditional family/village tasks. Online dating, wedding planning, childcare, cleaning, personal coaching, etc all fall under the authors eye.  
  3. The Cure for Grief by Nellie Hermann - This is our July book club pick. I don't know much about it, but it was highly recommended by one of our members.
  4. And the Pursuit of Happiness by Moira Kalman. - This graphic novel is (I believe) an investigation into democracy. I've checked it out of the library a couple of times before but have never gotten to it.
  5. Aerogrammes and Other Stories by Tania James - A book of short stories recommended in the NYT Book section
  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Our August book club pick, and a response to my suggestion that we choose books that put us outside our comfort zone. I'm not a big fantasy reader, and a couple of our members thought that this would be a good place to start. I picked up a paperback at Value Village, but the print is too small and the contrast too low, so I've downloaded it onto my Kindle.

How do books get there? Mainly recommendations from friends, book reviews in one of the papers I read, online at places like Book Riot, and of course, the book club. I also like to read books from anyplace I'm planning to travel, although we don't have much coming up, vacation-wise. I don't browse in bookstores or the library much...I have a huge hold list (sourced from the above) so I've always got books being fed to me.