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#readbyatt: A ‘Possession’ Read-a-Long

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Happy Friday! Today is doubly exciting: It’s the end of the week, and it’s the day that Lu (Regular Rumination) and I chose to announce the super informal read-a-long we’ve organized for A.S. Byatt’s Booker Prize winning novel Possession.

Why Possession? Well, it’s on my pile for the 2013 TBR Challenge, which is one appeal. But more importantly, it’s a book both Lu and I have tried and failed to read at least once before but that we really want to get through. Many readers that I know love this book, and I want to love it too (or at least give it the old college try).

We’re both resistant to hyper-organization, so this is pretty low-key. Our plan is to read the book over six weeks, posting updates each Monday starting on March 11:

  • March 11: Chapters 1 – 6
  • March 18: Chapter 7 – 13
  • March 25: Chapter 14 – 19
  • April 1: Chapter 20 – End

Although the first check-in is the furthest away, the first chapter goal is a little shorter to give anyone interested in participating time to get a copy of the book. There are no required posts sign ups or anything like that (although if you let us know in the comments that you’ll be reading we’ll know to look for you). Just grab the book and read and talk about it with us on our blogs or on Twitter using the hashtag #readbyatt.

I hope you’ll join us. Happy reading!

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  • ShaReKay March 1, 2013, 8:00 am

    I’m joining in! I don’t do Twitter but will check in here and on my blog. Thanks for hosting :)

  • Sheila (Book Journey) March 1, 2013, 10:25 am

    First thing I did was look it for a page count….555. Hmmmm… I will have to think about that one. I do like the 6 weeks though.

  • Care March 1, 2013, 10:48 am

    IN! Doncha know it.

  • beastmomma March 1, 2013, 11:27 am

    Very excited to join the fun!

  • Lorren March 1, 2013, 3:09 pm

    I’ll play — this book has been sitting on my shelf for years.

  • Vasilly March 1, 2013, 3:39 pm

    I’m in!

  • Laurie C March 2, 2013, 6:04 am

    I don’t think I’ll be joining in, but I hope you like it this time around!

  • Jessica March 2, 2013, 8:42 am

    I’m in! Timing is great-I just picked up this book at our annual book swap.

  • Kim March 2, 2013, 6:39 pm

    I’m so glad you all will be joining us! I’m hoping to start this weekend.

  • jennygirl March 4, 2013, 7:35 am

    I’m in and already started reading. The schedule will help stay on target…hopefully :)
    Thanks for hosting.

  • Alex in Leeds March 5, 2013, 6:02 am

    Oh, oh, I missed this with my laptop crash at the weekend but I am reading Possession this month anyway so yes, I can start a bit earlier and stagger my reading. Count me in!

    • Kim March 7, 2013, 9:16 pm

      Fantastic! I’m glad you’ll be chiming in :)

  • Mel March 7, 2013, 6:13 am

    It’s a shame I see this only now! I would’ve joined – wanted to read this one for a WHILE. Lovely blog, dear

    • Kim March 7, 2013, 9:16 pm

      That’s too bad. We’re pretty lose on things, so if you want to join but a week behind that’d be totally fine too :)

  • beastmomma March 15, 2013, 1:32 pm

    I finally wrote an initial post to track my progress. Here is the link: http://beastmomma.squarespace.com/from-shelf-to-hand/2013/3/14/readbyatt-a-possession-read-a-long.html