Tale of Two Cities Readalong: The Marrying of Many Projects

As you may know, Nicole and I have about a million projects going on together. We have finally come up with one thing that incorporates all of the big ones: a “A Tale of Two Cities” readalong.

Before you ask, we did NOT get the idea from Oprah. We have been talking for about six months or so about reading Dickens as it would have been read at publication: in installments. So, when we decided to participate in the list swap challenge together, it didn’t take us long to choose “A Tale of Two Cities” as the book we wanted to read together.

“A Tale of Two Cities” is actually a very appropriate choice for Nicole and I, because we are both devoting a fairly significant portion of our reading time right now reading classics and the works they have inspired for our podcast, What’s Old is New. In this case, what is old is still sort of old, since we are reading the original way, but we will still be discussing each installment on the Tumblr as we go. Installments begin on Saturdays, and there will be a discussion post up by Monday or Tuesday for others to join in as they read along.

Then, as a culminating discussion for everyone who reads “A Tale of Two Cities” in the first part of this year, whether they read in installments with us or not, we will be discussing the book on Nicole’s blog as our August edition of BOOK CLUB.

We hope you will consider joining us. If you would like to see the complete schedule at the What’s Old is New Tumblr. Actually, if you think that you might ever want to read “A Tale of Two Cities” in installments, I suggest you check out the post, because it was much more difficult than we would have thought to get a schedule of which chapters belong together, and we are happy to have made it easier for others to figure out.

14 comments to Tale of Two Cities Readalong: The Marrying of Many Projects

  • Amy

    How funny–I just announced a Great Expectations read-along, also to be done in installments!

  • I love the idea of reading Dickens in installments, as it was intended. I am currently reading Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell, which was published in the same way. The copy I am reading has broken the book down by installments, and although I am reading it straight through, it is nice to have that info.

  • Ack! Oprah scooped you guys! I have never read anything by Dickens, and this one was on my short list. I may try to get to it for the August thing.

    • Well, she didn’t really scoop us, we just didn’t decide to open it up to other people until after she announced it. (Okay, she probably picked it before we did, but we picked it before we knew she had)

  • As I said on your tumblr blog, I am in on this and looking forward to getting started this weekend!

  • Ok. I’m in. Ready to start motivating/yelling at me?

  • I was this close (close!) to buying another copy of this today at the book store! Maybe I’ll go back! :)

  • This sounds really fun. If i can get my hands on a copy of Tale of Two Cities rather soon, I would love to join along! I have yet to do a read along and have really wanted to dig into some of the classics so this sounds like a great way to start!

  • You know something, it was A TALE OF TWO CITIES that made me first decide that I love historical fiction. I read it for the first time in 9th grade and became obsessed with learning all that I could about the French Rev. I also had gone to see Les Miz on Broadway when I was in middle school, so that also sparked my interest in the time period. But ATOTC was the first piece of tangible literature that took place in the past to really grab my attention. Love it, and I’m so glad it’s one you and Nicole will be focusing on for Book Club!

  • I think this is a great idea! I already have a long-term readalong going on, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to join you in the installment schedule (so cool!), but I might try to read it in time for August. Enjoy!

    • We would love to have you either way! The great thing about the installment schedule is that each installment is very manageable. I think I read this first installment in about 15 or 20 minutes.

  • I’m hoping to get it together and jump in on this one too.