Read-Along of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

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O over on Behold the Stars is hosting a long-term read-along of the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.

The pace is certainly slow enough that keeping up should be easy, however the danger is in the schedule being to leisurely. This is the way it is shaping up already, middle of March and I haven’t yet started this months read. I am very curious to read a comic masterpiece by Dickens, as I can’t say that I found David Copperfield comedic and his others that I have started haven’t struck me as such.

March 2016 is the 180th anniversary of the first installment of The Pickwick Papers (also known as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club), the first novel of Charles Dickens. It’s a novel that divides readers, especially Dickens fans: some love it and believe it to be a comic masterpiece, others hate it, finding it laborious and overdone. When I first read it a few years ago I fell into the latter camp, but I took inspiration from someone who told me their friend had read it as it was meant to be read: in time with the publication schedule. By reading it this way, this will be the longest read-along I’ve seen in the blogging world – it’ll take from March 2016 to November 2017! So I don’t expect this to be the most popular of read-alongs, but I do intend myself to read it in this way for the 180th anniversary and I’d love for you to join me! [Courtesy of Behold the Stars]

The not intense leisurely reading schedule.

I – March 2016 (chapters 1–2)
II – April 2016 (chapters 3–5)
III – May 2016 (chapters 6–8)
IV – June 2016 (chapters 9-11)
V – July 2016 (chapters 12–14)
VI – August 2016 (chapters 15–17)
VII – September 2016 (chapters 18–20)
VIII – October 2016 (chapters 21–23)
IX – November 2016 (chapters 24–26)
X – December 2016 (chapters 27–29)
XI – January 2017 (chapters 30–32)
XII – February 2017 (chapters 33–34)
XIII – March 2017 (chapters 35–37)
XIV – April 2017 (chapters 38–40)
XV – June 2017 (chapters 41–43)
XVI – July 2017 (chapters 44–46)
XVII – August 2017 (chapters 47-49)
XVIII – September 2017 (chapters 50–52)
XIX – October 2017 (chapters 53–55)
XX – November 2017 (chapters 56–57)

So click over to O’s website and join the read-along.

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One Response to Read-Along of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

  1. Ooo, I’m glad to see that you’re joining too! I’ve read Chapter 1, but with such a relaxed schedule, you do have to be aware to keep on top of it. Happy reading!

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