Hi guys! So last year I abandoned my ill-fated Dickens in December readalongs after the catastrophe that was the attempt to read The Pickwick Papers (ugh that book!), but the success of our Little House Read-Along this year inspired me to try again with the classics. While in Bath a while ago I picked up a copy of Rebecca Mead's The Road to Middlemarch, which is basically about her experience reading and re-reading Middlemarch over many years and how it related to her life, and it inspired me to actually finally read this thing! It also ties in well with the Classics Club Year of Reading Women and I'm hoping to recruit a few of you to join me so we can motivate each other!
Middlemarch is divided into eight books, but I decided eight weeks was too long to spread it over, and two books a week would be too much reading, so instead I've divided it into six parts of 14 chapters (ish) per week. We're going to start on June 27th and run until the week ending August 7th and use #EliotAlong on twitter, as well as #readwomen and #ccwomenclassics if you want!
Please feel free to share the graphic around or make your own (making sure it links back to this post please!) and link up below with your blog post about the readalong or your tweet expressing your intention to participate! I'm using my Penguin Popular Classics edition, but hopefully the chapters will line up with other editions!
Here's the schedule:
June 27th - July 3rd - Chapter 1 - end of 14 (or all of Miss Brooke and the first two chapters of Old and Young)
July 4th - 10th - Chapter 15 - end of 28 (or the rest of Old and Young and six chapters of Waiting for Death)
July 11th - 17th - Chapter 29 -end of 42 (the rest of Waiting for Death and all of Three Love Problems)
July 18th - 24th - Chapter 43 - end of 56 (all of The Dead Hand and the first three chapters of The Widow and the Wife)
July 25th - 31st - Chapter 57 - end of 70 (the rest of The Widow and the Wife and eight chapters of Two Temptations)
August 1st - 7th - Chapter 71 - End
I hope that's clear to everyone! I'll be posting about that week's chapters on a Monday and possibly putting in some questions to help guide you. Please link up below to help motivate me!