I’ve studied The American Civil War as my Australian university offers an excellent collection of American Studies topics that cover it through the History degree, and Gone With The Wind was required reading for that course. I pretended like I had read it, wrote a paper using the movie instead of the book and discussed the history more than the literature. I only read about 150 pages.
Now that horrible confession is over – I am announcing that I am GOING TO READ IT. GWTW is on my Classics Club list, so I have made the commitment to reading it at some stage in the next couple of years, and then I spied a casual group read put together by the wonderful Corinne and decided that this was the best way to get through Mitchell’s classic. I am a day late to the signup post, but hey, better late than never!
One of my favourite things about this group read is its very laid back schedule, it will be read over many months and there will be meet ups every two weeks or so. My goal is to write a post for each of these check-ins, but to get the required pages read at the beginning of the reading period because I’m wanting this to be an enjoyable experience that I am excited about – and most of that is a mental battle when it comes to classics, I think.
|Friday, May 1||First post – just to enthuse about how excited we are to begin.|
|Saturday, May 16
||First check-in on Chapters One through Ten|
|Saturday, May 30
||Check-in on Chapters Eleven through Twenty|
|Saturday, June 13
||Check-in on Chapters Twenty-One through Thirty|
|Saturday, June 27
||Check-in on Chapters Thirty-One through Forty|
|Saturday, July 11
||Check-in on Chapters Forty-One through Fifty|
|Saturday, July 25
||Check-in on Chapters Fifty-One through Sixty|
|Saturday, August 1
||Check-in on Chapters Sixty-One through Sixty-Three (final discussion)|
I’m already excited. I’ve purchased an ebook copy of the book so I don’t have to lug around my very heavy hardback edition I inherited – I’m thinking this can be my ‘reading at work while on break and between customers’ book for awhile! If you want to read more, or even belatedly join in, you can find more at Corinne’s blog – the pursuit of happiness