I think I have a problem.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I am officially addicted to read-alongs and challenges. But it's better than being addicted to hard drugs, right? At least my addiction improves my mind. :) I am participating in two read-alongs for the month of February, and I am also joining the Battle of the Prizes, a challenge that I thought sounded intriguing last year and have therefore decided to join in this year.

First of all, the Oliver Twist Read-along, hosted by Allie at A Literary Odyssey. Originally, I planned to read Great Expectations for my 19th century classic in the Back to the Classics Challenge, but I had been dreading the Dickens and so I decided a read-along would be a better way to jump in. Here is the schedule:
February 8 - Book 1 (22 chapters)
February 17 - Book 2 (14 chapters)
February 28 - Book 3 (15 chapters)
I will say that I have already gotten started with this one and am absolutely loving it. Maybe I was too immature to enjoy Dickens the first time I tried to read him.

Secondly, I am participating in the Age of Innocence Read-along hosted by Beth at Bookworm Meets Bookworm. I am also reading this one for the Back to the Classics challenge (20th century classic) and it will fit in nicely with the Battle of the Prizes challenge as well. The post for Book 1 is on February 16 and Book 2 is on March 2. The House of Mirth is one of my most loved books so I am excited to read another novel by Edith Wharton.

Finally, I am joining in Rose City Reader's American version of Battle of the Prizes. There are two Pulitzer Prize winners on my TBR this year, as well as one National Book Award winner. I just need to find one more National Book Award and the challenge will be complete.
* The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
* Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
National Book Award:
* Paris Trout by Pete Dexter
And potentially, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, or Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

Hooray! I have no self control!


  1. I'm doing the Oliver Twist read-along as well. Glad you're enjoying it, because it's definitely not my favorite Dickens so far. I'm only 70 pages in, so I'm trying to keep an open mind, but Dickens is so irritatingly wordy in this book, and being "learned" enough to know why, now, makes a serious difference in trying to enjoy the story despite the unnecessary bulk. I'll push on, though! (And I loved Age of Innocence - hope you enjoy it!).

  2. There's nothing wrong with reading-related activity addictions! I'm completely addicted to owning books; I love to buy them and have them all over my house. I suppose your addiction is more productive than mine :-) I'm hoping to join some readalongs later in the year. Perhaps ours will overlap!

  3. Thanks for joining the Battle of the Prizes challenge! Good choices. I loved Paris Trout. It is one of the books that made me want to read all the National winners.

    Arrowsmith is one of my potential Pulitzer picks this year. I am interested to read what you think.

    You were the first to sign up. I'll add your link to the participants' list on the main challenge post ASAP.

    Rose City Reader

  4. OK, the list of Participants is posted now for the Battle of the Prizes.

    Thanks for signing up!

    When you review a book, please leave a comment on the main challenge post with a link and I will list your review.


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