Here it is, in a nutshell:
January: Persuasion by Jane Austen
February, March, April: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
May: The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
June, July, August: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
September: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
October: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
November, December: Zelda by Nancy Milford
Now, I have a confession. I’m not that into Jane Austen! I read her in college and said, “Meh! Witty but surface-y!” I then didn’t read anything else from her until I got my Sony Reader, and Pride and Prejudice was already on it. I started it and said, “Meh! Witty but surface-y!” and abandoned it for Jane Eyre. I feel that I’m a Bronte gal through and through . . . although I hope not an immature ‘tween who needs to set up a battle like the Rock vs. Disco (or even the Beatles vs. Stones) one I fought in 6th grade . . . or will it come down to that? Will 2013 be the year I change my mind about Austen (or will it be the year that Austenites all over the internet hate me?)? Join the read-a-long to find out! I also have a teeny tiny grudge against Elizabeth Gaskell because I think she misrepresented Charlotte Bronte in her biography. I’ll keep an open mind and read Wives and Daughters for the work of fiction that it is, but. . .
In slightly more mature musings — I’m especially thrilled about the Dostoyevsky. I didn’t get a chance to read The Brothers Karamazov in November like I wanted to, so am happy to get another chance at a Dostoyevsky title with the encouragement of a read-a-long attached. I’ve had Zelda in my to-read pile since we read The Great Gatsby together, and Doyle — what fun!
I hope you can join us for some or all of the titles in 2013! Happy New Unputdownables Read-a-Long Year!