Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Pickwick Papers Read-Along ( A Long Read-Along! )

O at Behold the Stars is hosting a read-along of The Pickwick Papers beginning March 1, 2016.  Now, this is not just any read-along, but a read-along with a twist.  We are actually going to be reading along with the same serial publication schedule in which the book was published, which means that this read-along is going to take about a year and a half to finish.  Does that sound too long?  I challenge you to try it.  Not only will you get the real Pickwick Papers experience, it's not too heavy of a commitment, so it won't interfere very much with other reads.  I've also found it beneficial to read a bit of a book and then let it percolate in your mind; you can often get more out of it that way.  In any case, I'm really excited about this read-along!  Here's the 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)
– 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, if this read-along appeals to you, grab your Pickwick Papers and join us for a realistic reading experience!


  1. i'll give it a try, tx for the info. i read it many moons ago, and really liked it. don't remember much, though; it'll be interesting to see what parts click...

    1. Welcome, Mudpuddle! I've been enjoying all your comments on O's blog. I think it will be fun and a good way to read it. Some of the criticism I've heard is that it's not really a developing story, so reading it slowly won't detract from any flow, I think. Happy reading!

  2. I told O the first time she floated the idea that I am in. The prospect of reading this as it was first published in a serial form is very interesting! I am so glad we can start now!

    1. In my confused reading state, for some reason I thought that it started last month and was all ready to go February 1st. :-Z But, I woke up in time and am ready to go. All my reads seem to be coming together. I'm not behind on any yet, but I'm reading so many at one time, that I feel like I'm not finishing any. Oh well, all in good time!

  3. Thanks so much for mentioning it on your blog, and for joining of course! Looking forward to it :D Ah, another one of our mad read-alongs... :)

    1. A very special "mad" read-along though. Thanks for hosting and for thinking of the unusual usual schedule! ;-)

  4. What do I have to loose?
    I have committed myself to the classics....so time to join the read-a-long at O at Behold the Stars!

    1. Yay! Just 2-3 chapters per month is all it takes. Glad you're joining us!

  5. ...again thanks for the **nudge** !