Get ready for the best of times and the worst of times, with the whitest and deadest of Dead White Dudes, Mr. Charles Dickens, and his Tale of Two Cities.
Why A Tale of Two Cities?
My brother-in-law threw down the challenge. Yes, this is exactly how the Moby-Dick read-along came about. I feel like he really wants to be a book blogger, but doesn’t know how to start. Poor guy. Maybe we’ll convert him this year.
I was less than excited about his choice at first. But then I realized that I don’t know if I’ve ever read Dickens, really. I own some books, but I don’t know if I actually read them, or I just think I did because I’ve seen adaptations, or just know the stories because they’re part of our culture. At 33 years old, I think I should know whether I’ve read any Dickens or not, you know? Time to get serious!
And as much as I support things like #readwomen2014 and reading diverse authors and local authors, sometimes, you gotta hand it to the dead white dudes. I understand this Dickens fellow was pretty good at writing.
I actually have no idea what TOTC is about. But with that opening line, and that title, I’m thinking it’s got to be good. Or at least, make for some good mocking.
What do I have to do?
Nobody has to do anything. But it would be super cool if you did some of the following:
- Sign up by leaving a comment on this post.
- Grab the button and put it on your blog.
- Swing by on Mondays for my weekly recaps.
- If you are so inclined, post your thoughts on your own blog too.
- Visit other read-alonger’s blogs. I’ll update the list right here in this post.
- Tweet your thoughts/frustrations/Simpsons references at #1Tale2Cities
When do we start? (Schedule and links to update posts)
- April 21: Start reading
- April 28: Book the First ch. 1-6 and Book the Second ch. 1-5
- May 5: Book the Second ch. 6-16
- May 12: Book the Second ch. 17-24 and Book the Third ch. 1-3
- May 19: Read to the end
- May 26: Wrap up and winner announcement
What’s in it for me?
You knew there would be some swag (bribes.) I’ll randomly choose one participant to win a sweet TOTC shirt from Out of Print Clothing. For some reason, which I’ll assume is sexism, it’s only available in men’s sizes, but, you know, it’s a t-shirt. I think it’ll be okay. Or you can choose a different shirt, whatever.
If you want even MORE Dickens swag, check out this Book Riot post.
Still not convinced?
How about shout outs in both The Simpsons and Clueless?
“It was the best of times, it was the… BLURST of times? Stupid monkey!” in reference to, of course, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
“It’s like that book I read in the 9th grade that said “’tis a far far better thing doing stuff for other people.'” A reference to “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
That’s all I got for now. Tell me in the comments, why are you excited to read A Tale of Two Cities?
Who’s Reading Along?
- Tony (the brother-in-law. Please address any complaints about book choice to him.)
- 1227 Miles
- Cedar Station
- Consumed by Ink
- Amanda’s Weekly Zen
- Doing Dewey
- Jayne’s Books
- Reading in Winter
- Lost Generation Reader
- A World of Books
- Exploring Classics
- Maybe you?