Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Merrily as we read along

Ah, doorstops. Somehow, just looking at these uber-thick books is enough to cause indigestion. Also, there's the inconvenience of lugging them around.

Somehow, going through a doorstop with a bunch of like-minded individuals might be the solution. There's the added pressure of keeping with the schedule. Plus, the conscious effort to read the book thoroughly becomes imperative, since we'd be replying to one another's questions regarding the book.

This year, I organized a read-along of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. I've always been curious about this novel and wondered if it would live up to its hype. I'm no stranger to Murakami; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (also a doorstop) is one of my favorite novels. But it's been years since I last read any of his works. The read-along would provide me with the perfect opportunity to reconnect with this much beloved author.

As of now, there'll be 15 of us who will read all 1,000+ pages of 1Q84. I would like to there there'll be no fall-outs, but we know that life sometimes gets in the way with reading, no? So there'll be no worries if a couple of us wouldn't be able to see the book till its end. We know that there'll be a next time.


Lynai said...

Hi Peter! I haven't read a Murakami yet though of course I've been hearing lots of good things about his books. I'm quite hesitant to start with 1Q84 so maybe I'll start first with his other shorter books. But of course, I only have ebooks so I wouldn't have exactly any idea how long or short they would be haha!

Good luck with the doorstop! :)

Peter S. said...

Hi, Lynai! Thanks! I do hope you get to read a Murakami soon! He has lots of short novels which you can try out.

bennardfajardo said...

I haven't read any work by Murakami but I'm curious about 1Q84, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.:)

Enjoy your read along!:)

Peter S. said...

Thanks, Bennard!

Monique said...

Someone gifted my hubby with 1Q84 last Christmas, and since he doesn't touch anything by Murakami, it's technically my copy now. Is there a site or blog where I can find the rules regarding the read along? :)

Peter S. said...

Hi, Monique! It's a Facebook group. Here's the schedule in case you're wondering:

Book 1
Chapters 01 to 08: 13–19 January
Chapters 09 to 16: 20–26 January
Chapters 17 to 24: 27 January–02 February

Book 2 TBA)

Book 3 TBA)

Tina said...

The only Murakami book I have is his running book, which has been languishing on my shelf for years. Eep.

This reminds me of our Les Miserables support group! :D Yes, it's more fun to read doorstoppers when you're reading it with other people. :)

Louize Gonzales said...

My only Murakami experience was "The Elephant Vanishes", but I sure had plenty with doorstops. And a read-along group is a good idea.

Happy reading, guys!

Peter S. said...

Hello, Tina! I hope you're enjoying Les Miz. I really, really liked that book!

Hi, Louise! Thanks!

Rise said...

Hmmm. This happens to be my worst read of 2012. Hands down.

Peter S. said...

Eh? We'll see!