Howdy! I don’t know about you guys but the sun has finally (emphasis on the FREAKIN’ FINALLY) broken out from its clouded prison in England. Summer has at last arrived and I don’t know what to do with myself! I’m running around all excitedly like a little kid. What should I do first? I must take advantage of this rare occasion! Should I soak up the sun with my friends and party into the late evenings? Take a day trip to somewhere outside BECAUSE I CAN!? It’s too much for my brain to process. Of course, there is one thing I will be doing out in the sun. Can you guess?
You can can’t you?
Which is why this fun little challenge is so well timed! I have teamed up with two other lovely bloggers Charl from Miscrawl and Lindsay at Bookbundle. The two of them were talking about the difficulties of tackling a classic as well as questioning how many people bother to read them these days. This sparked the idea that we could help each other out. Attempting a classic can be daunting. All those long sentences, unusual words and old style language can be tough on the brain! I noticed they had both agreed on attempting The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, a lightbulb went on in my head because OOOH, I OWN THAT BOOK TOO. Several of my friends have insisted I read it, along with many bloggers too. I have seen the film adaption and wasn’t that impressed, but I could tell while watching it how much potential it had in book form, so I hope I won’t be disappointed!
As I’m sure many of you know the story follows a young man named Dorian who is reasonably good natured and innocent (I think) until an artist paints his portrait. He begins lamenting about his youth and how while he will grow old the painting will remain the same. Then he makes a flippant remark that will change his life forever.
It’s going to be so fun to compare notes with other bloggers as I read! I can’t wait to nerd out with them or complain and moan depending on how much I enjoy the book. 😛 It will be even more interesting if our opinions differ. We will be doing three check-in’s throughout where we’ll each come up with our own set of questions based on our thoughts on the book. We will then compare by putting them together on one blog post so we may see some very contrasting opinions! I will be hosting the first check-in at the end of chapter six, then Lindsay will be coming up with her questions for the group after finishing chapter twelve and lastly Charl will host that last check in after the book has been completed. The read-along is starting today on the 1st of July, so hopefully I can get a bit of Dorian reading in while basking in the sunshine. 😀
We are all new to this read-athon malarkey so apologies in advance for any kinks or issues along the way. And of course if you wish, feel free to join in the fun!
P.S. I keep getting confused, what is the difference between the spelling GRAY and GREY?!?!! They’re both colours right?? This is confusing me muchly. Is it just the stupid English language at work again?
P.P.S. Charl and Lindsay, feel free to use the banner as well if you want to. 🙂
My own, feel free to reuse. 🙂