Upcoming Readalongs

I dropped a few hints in my wrap up on Sunday and wanted to officially share the upcoming reads here in case you might be interested in participating. It doesn’t take long before I’m craving the camaraderie that comes from reading and discussing a book–especially a lengthy read like the one below!

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

I’ve teamed up with one of my reading buddy’s, Cate @ Ramblings of a Red Headed Snippet to create a seasonal book club called Seasons by the Book. We will select ONE book inspired by the SEASON. We’d like to invite you to read the book at your leisure, with the option to join and follow the book discussions on our blogs. Use the hashtag #seasonsbythebook on social media when you post about the book or spread the word about the book club.

Our first book for spring will be Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly starting in May. Thank you to Penguin Random House for gifting me this book in support of this readalong.

Synopsis: Based on a true story of a New York socialite who championed a group of concentration camp survivors known as the Rabbits, this acclaimed debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

“How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.” -The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

As the weather warms up, I picture myself sitting comfortable in a cozy chair with a large pitcher of iced tea, a large mug, and occasionally a proper tea cup. That’s simply because sometimes I want to feel fabulous when taking on a book that’s 1,000+ pages before summer officially starts. I’m considering another category for longer reads like this, but I’ll save that conversation for later.

This classic readalong will span the months of May – June, because it’s long and since the weather is warming up for some, many will be busy with vacations and other summer activities. So what better way to ensure a realistic reading schedule of 8 weeks, with discussions every 2 weeks, for a grand total of 4 discussions. I’m recruiting help for the discussions so I will make sure to post them here on the blog.

Reading Schedule

✒️Ch 1-30 – Discussion 5.11

✒️Ch 31-60 – Discussion 5.25

✒️Ch 61-90 – Discussion 6.8

✒️Ch 91-end – Discussion 6.22

If you read about 15 chapters each week, you will be on target for the bi-weekly discussions.

Synopsis: This beloved novel tells the story of Edmond Dantès, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress, the Château d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a hidden treasure revealed to him by a fellow prisoner, he devotes the rest of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him.

Interested in reading any of these, leave a comment and let me know. Or if you’ve read them, let me know what you think.

21 thoughts on “Upcoming Readalongs

  1. Sandra says:

    Spooky – both of these books have come into my orbit in the last few days! The Count I shall discount 😀 Maybe one day but not yet.

    I’m a huge fan of seasonal reads so the idea really grabs me. Lilacs in spring of course, although the subject matter is very dark. That said, Lilac Girls intrigues me and my library does have it, though it may be a week or two before it reaches me so it’s good that you’re not setting a time frame for this one. Plus I already have more books planned than I can possibly read over the next few months but that’s par for the course! I’ll give it a go!


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    • booksbythecup says:

      Well, if for no other reason, 1 out of 2 is excellent! I understand about having many books planned, that seems to be the case for so many of us.

      Reading a book a season seemed like a perfect way to read something together but also a way for people to work it into their reading if it’s something they might be interested in, as you said with Lilac. So when you get the book, I hope we will be able to have some chats about it. I’m so glad I decided to post this here since one you could count you in on 😆

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    • booksbythecup says:

      Music to my ears!! I’m so excited that you will be joining the Monte Cristo readalong. I haven’t read AK yet (my experience with War and Peace traumatized me a bit) but since you’ve read it before and plan to read it this year maybe we should discuss when. I think it will be later this year for me…I need to look at what I’ve marked as must reads for 2019. The list is probably way you long. 🙈


  2. Grab the Lapels says:

    Another book blog friend of mine, Laila, just finished The Count last night! She spent a long time reading it and blogged her thoughts as she went along. Don’t forget we’re doing an African American books read along! Or is it a buddy read? I’m not sure. 🙂


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