A Tale of Two Cities Read-Along: Start Reading!

Having the worst of times figuring our what this is all about? See the master post!

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Have you started reading? I’m on page 12, so there’s plenty of time to catch up. As we get down to business, let’s check in on a couple of things:

Editions
Editions abound for a classic like this, that’s been around so long and has been assigned reading for countless students. The ebook selection was overwhelming, so I decided to go old school with the clothbound Penguin Classics. It’s got a nice weight to it, and a built-in bookmark, and lots of introductions, appendices, and notes. It also bit my two-year-old’s thumb today, according to him. Please note that I did comfort him before grabbing the camera.

What edition are you reading?

 

Henry reviews TOTC: "My thumb. Ow. Don't like book."

Henry reviews TOTC: “My thumb. Ow. Don’t like book.”

Read-Alongers (Readers-Along?)
The master post is updated with the list of participants, but I wanted to give some shout-outs today, because there are some awesome bloggers joining us!

  1. Tony: My brother-in-law. Please address any complaints about book choice to him.
  2. Cait at 1227 Miles: My sister. Oh and by the way – Cait and Tony are officially engaged as of this weekend! Congrats!
  3. ebookclassics: I love how CJ digs up the most interesting and random tidbits about books. I also love her celebrities in classics series – let’s say we have similar tastes (90s forever.)
  4. Cedar Station: We recently bonded over our love of The House of Mirth. OMG – Wharton read-along next?
  5. Consumed by Ink: A serious reader of CanLit and big supporter of book blogs – she writes the best comments!
  6. Romanoir: A new-to-me blogger who has a seriously intimidating Classics Club list, heavy on pre-1600 lit.
  7. Amanda’s Weekly Zen: New-to-me blog, but based on the recent post of Wuthering Heights quotes which contained many of my favs, I think we’ll get along juuuust fine.
  8. Doing Dewey: Best blog title and concept I’ve seen in a while. Reading her way through the Dewey decimal system!
  9. Jayne’s Books: Super prolific reader and Moby-Dick read-along alumni.
  10. Reading in Winter: Partly responsible for this blog being what it is today. Yay Kristilyn!
  11. Lost Generation Reader: A celebrity in the classic-lit-bloggers world. Really excited to have her AND her Dickens action figure joining us!

Tales Heard Round the Internet
This is a regular feature with news and notes about A Tale of Two Cities or Mr. Dickens. Today, I found out that the ubiquity of “A Tale of Two Cities” as a catchy title makes it real hard to do a proper Google search. I did manage to find out that The Invisible Woman was released on DVD in Canada last week. This looks like something I need to watch immediately. Psst, CJ, have you done Ralph Fiennes in your Celebrities in Classics yet?

Happy reading, and see you next Monday for our first check-in!

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13 comments

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  2. ebookclassics

    So excited to read this book with everyone. I haven’t started reading yet, but that should change hopefully today! Still ploughing through that book for Afterword Reading Society. I love Ralph Fiennes and want to see The Invisible Woman, but I promised Cecilia from Only You blog I would let her write a guest post on Ralph for Celebrities in Classics when she had time.

  3. Naomi

    Thanks for the kind words, Laura! I’m excited about my second read-along. I feel a bit out of it right now- our computer has broken down. Right now I am checking in on my daughter’s iPod, which is very slow and frustrating, but I miss reading everyone’s stuff! I started the book a few days ago. Almost done Part one.

    I don’t watch a lot of movies anymore, but I’m excited about Invisible Woman!

    • lauratfrey

      I found it pretty slow going until the end of Part I. It’s getting better now!

      I just checked and Invisible Woman isn’t on my video on demand… that sucks… $26 for the Blu Ray. And through clicking around on trailers, I discovered this movie, based on classic novel Therese Raquin, which I think I need to see (and read) LIKE RIGHT NOW http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409379/

      • Naomi

        That one does look good! What is it about classics made into movies?

        I’m liking the book so far, but it’s good to know that it picks up a bit. I was thinking that most people could cover the same material in half the amount of words. I do like his writing, though.

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