Thursday, January 29, 2015

outlander read-a-long initial post!


Hey guys! Welcome to the Outlander read-along that we're going for the whole month of February, which starts in just a few days! I have yet to watch the show since I don't have Starz (luckily my boyfriend does, so I'm going to start watching the episodes really soon!), but obviously I've heard great things, and I'd love to get to know at least some of the characters before getting into the show! Crystal came to me about this read-a-long and knew it was time to get into this fandom and read the novel!

Anyone can participate any way they want. If you just want to read along and read our discussion posts, that's cool. If you want to post the discussions on your blog, go ahead, just make sure you link back to my blog! If you just want to comment, that's awesome too! This read-along is hosted here at The Reader's Antidote, at Nite Lite Book Reviews and at Books Unbound!
outlander

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Reading and Discussion Schedule:
  • February 1-7: Read chapters 1-11
    • February 8th: Discuss: our initial thoughts of the book
  • February 8-14: Read chapters 12-23
    • February 15th: Discuss: the characters and our thoughts on the characters. Which are our favorites and which ones we don't like as much.
  • February 15-21: Read chapters 24-31
    • February 22nd: Discuss: compare your initial thoughts with your current thoughts on the book now that we're 3/4 of the way through
  • February 22-28: Read chapters 32-41 (end of the book)
    • March 1: Discuss: conclusion/wrap up of the read-along and answer the following questions:
      • 1. How disorienting--or appealing--would it be for you to be transported back in time? How would you cope with the time change? Which era would be the most appealing for you to travel back to?
      • 2. If you time-traveled, how much of the future from which you came would you be tempted to reveal? What might you attempt to change using your knowledge of modern times?

It would be really wonderful if you participated, and don't be afraid to leave a comment on any of our blogs! Every discussion post will be linked back to this master post in case you find yourself in the middle of the read-along and have forgotten where we are. Looking forward to finally reading Outlander!



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