Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Great Gatsby Read-a-long

I am joining a read-a-long hosted by Unputdownables that begins today. It should be fun. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the few who have never read it and since it's been on my to-be-read list forever I thought it would be a good way to start the new year. 

Here are the details for joining up:


The Great Gatsby Read-a-Long :: Starting Post


Beginning Thursday, December 29th and ending Friday, January 27th.
Week #/ dates :: Place in which to STOP
Week One/ December 29- January 5 :: page 45
Week Two/ January 6- 12 :: page 90
Week Three/ January 13- 19 :: page 135
Week Four/ January 20- 27 :: page 180 (The End)
Post #/ date post should be up on blog:
Start up Post/ Today!
Week One/ January 6th
Week Two/ January 13th
Week Three/ January 20th
Week Four/ January 27th (Final Review)
** Please don’t forget to come to this blog each Friday and share your thoughts in the comments section of the weekly Read-a-Long discussion (see below for more information).**

How it Works:

  1. Each week, on Friday, share your thoughts about the previous week’s reading. If you are stuck on what to comment about, you can respond to my post or others’ comments. Regardless, you MUST check in each week, even if to say you are behind in the reading (two weeks without a response and you will be taken off of the list — see below for details on why). *please refrain from posting ahead, even if you have read ahead, as to not spoil the book for others*
  2. Feel free to post reviews of the each week’s reading on your own blog (if you are a blogger), and to visit each other’s links. If I, or other readers, have extra time we will gladly try to visit your blog if you also leave a link to your post about this book. However, please make sure to share your thoughts here on this blog, as this is where the main conversation will be happening.
  3. As these Read-a-Longs grow, so do the amount of people who participate – yay, all the more fun! However, this means more work for me. As you know – if you have been absent from discussion for two weeks, you will be removed from the list. However, *NEW GUIDELINE*,in order to get back on the list, you need to a.) Have missed no more than two weeks of discussion, b.) Let me know you would like to be on the list again, and c.) consistently be part of the discussion for the next two weeks after requesting to be put back on the list. Am I trying to be mean? Absolutely not! I LOVE having you all read a long, but it really is so much work to keep track of who’s still reading, and to keep taking names off and putting them back on the list. Consistency not only helps me, but is good for the group as we do tend to get to know each other and rely on the conversation to keep us reading. (Plus, at the end of the year I tally those who have done read-a-longs and they get a little something from me, so it is important for me to keep track.)

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