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Don Quixote, the Read-a-Long

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After a TON of flip-flopping, I finally decided last week to participate in a Don Quixote read-a-long hosted by Stu at Winston’s Dad’s Blog. This is my first read-a-long ever. I was afraid to commit to it, not only because of the book’s length, but because I haven’t really been a fan of scheduled, regimented reading in the past, which I’ve only done in a school context. But I also knew I was unlikely to pick up this book (and I did want to!) without the pressure…ahem, I mean support :)…of other book bloggers.

Now a week in, my worries have completely dissolved. Don Quixote is so much more accessible than I expected it to be, and way more hilarious. I’ve already laughed out loud while reading it a number of times. And so far the reading pace is working nicely for me; it was enough to keep me engaged this week while still allowing me time to read a second book as well. There’s also something strangely satisfying about knowing where in the book I’ll be at any given time, and when I’m likely to finish it. I’m not reading the same translation as everyone else, but I’m not too concerned about that.

I probably won’t keep up a running commentary of the book on this blog. I think I’ll opt for one final review at the end instead. But I’m going to do my best to take part in the discussions that happen elsewhere, the first of which is taking place today at Winston’s Dad’s Blog (linked above).


Written by Emily Jane

July 27, 2010 at 12:32 am