Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Time Quartet Read-a-Long

Twitter really is a wonderful place. You can credit it with the birth of a lot of things! Last night it inspired me to write this post, and since I could use some inspiration, I am going to take full advantage of it. One of my favourite authors when I was a young adult was Madeleine L'Engle. Over the years I have read most of her books and I encourage everyone to read her!

I was on the library website the other day (big surprise) and I saw that they had all of her Time Quartet in audio format. Since I hadn't re-read the series in a while, I was thinking about it and mentioned it to Nymeth. She has read the first book, but not the rest. Then, you get talking about it in a public forum and other people start noticing and mentioning they want to join in, too! Someone suggested it could be a read-a-long like some of the others that are going on next year, so I decided to write a post about it to see if other people were interested. I was thinking of a very easy schedule:

January - A Wrinkle in Time
February - A Wind in the Door
March - A Swiftly Tilting Planet
April - Many Waters

Then, you technically should read An Acceptable Time. I consider it book five in the Time Quartet. (If Douglas Adams can turn a trilogy into a series; than L'Engle can turn a quartet into a quintet.) It seems to depend on who you listen to, though. (I was on her main web site and they have it as book five, so it is not only me.) There is also The Arm of the Starfish, Dragons in the Water, and A House Like a Lotus.

So, what are your thoughts? Is there an interest in a read-a-long? What do people think about the schedule? I know there is a lot going on next year, so I didn't want to make it too restrictive, but maybe it is too relaxed... Let me know!

16 comments:

  1. Sure! is this one of those 'show up and we'll talk about' read-alongs? I really do want to read this and I might just buy the audio - is it a book to enjoy the listening or will I be mad that I can't write down notes because I'll be driving?

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  2. I'm in, I'm in, I'm in! I've read them all many times and I am just dying for an excuse to read them again. Thanks for this :)

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  3. You know I'm in :D The schedule seems fine to me. If someone reads them more quickly for some reason, they can always save their post for when everyone else is caught up too :)

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  4. I'm in, too! I'll see if I can mooch the books off bookmooch sometime in here, otherwise I'll get them from the library.

    I've only ever read the first one and it's been probably 15 or more years since I read it, so I'm excited.

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  5. I'm in, too! And that schedule seems like it'll be awesome.

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  6. I would love to do this readalong! After reading Rebecca Stead's fantastic When You Reach Me, I've been wanting to reread A Wrinkle in Time. I read it as a child, remember loving it and haven't read it since.

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  7. I'll give it a go, as "A Wrinkle in Time" is already on the list of books I want to reread (or listen) in 2010. I have no idea if I'll manage to keep up or not, but I'm willing to try.

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  8. You're TOTALLY Tempting me Kelly! lol

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  9. I'm in! I've actually only ever read books 1 and 3, so this will give me a chance to read the other two (maybe three). And the schedule is perfect =)

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  10. Looks like you've got enough interest!! And since I've only read Wrinkle (and don't remember a thing about it), I guess this would be the perfect time for me to read them all!!

    Good lord, you guys are killing me!!

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  11. I've joined so many challenges already...I'll think about this one!!

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  12. I only have the first book but still, would definitely want to tag along!

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  13. I'm so in! I love, love, love Madeleine (we're on first name basis, you see ;) and I own all of the quartet, even the fifth. So, I'll be looking for updates of when to post and such, but I'm really excited about this plan of yours.

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  14. I think that's a good schedule, I'm going to try to join in, I have copies of most of the books, or at least the first three, I think.

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  15. I saw your Read-A-Long button over on dolce bellezza's blog. I'd like to join you. I have a very old copy of A Wrinkle in Time that's on my list for 2010. It would be a lot more fun to do it with others. Count me in.

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  16. I'm so in. I reread A Wrinkle in Time at the end of November in anticipation of reading When You Reach Me, and I've been meaning to read the next four books since. I'm glad to get on a schedule, and one a month is totally doable.

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