Sharpen your spears…. in just two weeks, Reading in Bed will host its first ever read-a-long!
Why Moby Dick?
I was challenged by my brother in law to read Moby Dick before the end of the year. But, I don’t know, MD feels like a summer book to me (keep in mind I read Roxana on my honeymoon in Mexico, so I don’t really do “beach reading.”)
I also want to have fun with this and get to know some of my fellow book bloggers a little better. If we can inspire and encourage people to read a book they might have been intimidated by otherwise (I am super intimidated, by the way,) that would be pretty cool, too.
Well, yes. It’s 750 pages long, and is purported to not just be about a whale, but to have whole chapters that are literally ABOUT a whale, like, details of anatomy and whaling and what not.
But, it’s also regarded as the Great American Novel, and possibly the first postmodern novel. That’s pretty amazing, considering it was written a hundred years before anyone else wrote a postmodern novel.
I’m going in with almost no expectations. I’m not doing a ton of research or reading other bloggers, like I usually do. The edition I bought has no introduction. So let’s just jump in!
What do I have to do?
Ready to sign up? Great! Leave a comment on this post and you’re all set. Here are some things you could do after that, if you’re so inclined:
- I’ll post every Monday with my thoughts on the chapters I’ve read and other random Moby Dick stuff. You could do that too!
- Comment on other people’s blogs. You can refer back to this post, or my most recent post, to see who else is blogging. I don’t know about you, but getting comments is pretty much the best feeling ever, so spread the love around!
- You can put a badge up on your blog -> see sidebar.
- You can tweet about what you’re reading with the hashtag #MobyDick2013.
- If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay! You can still comment and tweet. Or start a blog. Go crazy!
What’s in it for me?
At the end of it all, I’ll randomly select one of you to win a Moby Dick t-shirt (well, an gift certificate from Out of Print Clothing so that you may choose your own t-shirt.) E-Readers making it hard to show off how well-read you are? No problem. Let everyone know you’ve tackled that white whale. Just make sure you comment on this post, and participate a bit, and you’re entered to win.
You’ve got two weeks notice to finish up whatever you’re reading and find yourself a great paper or electronic edition. Feel free to fall behind or read ahead, but I’ll try to post according to this:
Start date and Introductory Post: Monday, May 20th, 2013. Etymology + Chapters 1-15: May 27th Chapters 16-30: June 3 Chapters 31-45: June 10 Chapters 46-60: June 17 Chapters 61-75: June 24 Chapters 76-90: July 1 Chapters 91-105: July 8 Chapters 106-120: July 15
- Chapters 121-136 + Epilogue : July 22
I’m still not sure….
Here are some links about how to read Moby Dick that you may find encouraging:
- The Blue Bookcase did a Moby Dick Readalong last year. I’m getting lots of inspiration from them. Here are their tips for reading Moby Dick.
- I generally do not approve of Oprah, but this is a quick read that makes me kind of excited to begin.
- If all else fails, would it help if Tilda Swinton read the first chapter to you? Of course it would.