Friday, January 6, 2012

A People's Read-a-long

Jill at Fizzy Thoughts and Jenners at Life...with Books are hosting A People's Read-a-long for Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. I've been meaning to read this book since 1997, when I saw Good Will Hunting. Instead of reading the book, however, I proceeded to see the film six times in the theater and many, many more times once it came out on video (and then dvd.) It's one of my all-time favorite films. Mr. Nomadreader and I own both a print copy and a Kindle copy, and we're both going to participate!

The read-a-long is my kind of sensible one: it starts Monday, January 16th, the federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapter 1 is due that Monday. Each Monday thereafter, a chapter is due. The read-a-long will finish Monday, July 9th with the 25th chapter.

I swore off read-a-longs last year when I failed at Anna Karenina, but I think non-fiction will work better for me. I like to read at my own pace with fiction, but I'm much happier with arbitrary stopping points and goals for non-fiction, which I rarely read to begin with.

I haven't decided if I'll post about the chapter each Monday or not. Jill will post every Monday and those posts will serve as discussion posts for those so-inclined. My tentative plan is to share 1-3 things I learned in the chapter on Mondays. I hope I can convince Mr. Nomadreader to share his thoughts (or his 1-3 things too).

Want to join in? Buy A People's History of the United States from an independent bookstore, the Book Depository or Amazon (the Kindle version I have seems to no longer be available, thus vindicating my habits of impulse Kindle shopping!)

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  1. I thought about joining this one.. but I've never even had a goal to read it so I don't know if I'm motivated enough. Still thinking..

  2. I have been thinking about joining this readalong, and am going to have to seriously consider it now, knowing that you are doing it! I hope that you enjoy the book!

  3. Woo-hoo! So glad you're joining us!


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