Wherein we make a proposal for a possible change to our reading schedule; with a poll.
Friends, a quick check-in after these months of Dickensian joy…and a proposal. (Don’t worry, we’re not about to file a declaration…)
How is everyone faring in the pacing of the Club’s reads? Priscilla recently commented that she was still finishing Pickwick, and Steve is reading the last of Pickwick together with starting Oliver Twist. Of course, some of our members will probably pop in and out for some reads and not others. But the wonderful comments over the past week or so sparked a question: Do we need to slow it down?
I asked Boze about it, and he had an alternative idea: How about keeping the pace of each read as it is, but in between each book having a break of a week or two? (I’m personally inclined towards two.) Many of us are reading several things simultaneously, of course, Dickensian or otherwise.
So, here are a few advantages to the proposal:
1.) Those who need to catch up can do so.
2.) Some of us can work on special-interest blog posts. (Such as the one I intended to do about Sam Weller, but ran out of time for!)
3.) We can do more of what Chris calls “in-between reading.”
4.) Boze had the wonderful thought of possibly organizing some group watching of an adaptation ~ after we’ve completed the book ~ for those interested. (E.g. the recorded stage Nicholas Nickleby; the 2005 miniseries of Bleak House; the two wonderful miniseries productions of Little Dorrit…)
Thoughts? It will extend our whole schedule ~ which may be either an advantage or disadvantage for you! Let us know what you think in the poll and/or the comments below, if you have the opportunity.
On another note, the site will have a few small changes. It had started as a personal bookish blog, but it really is becoming more of a little Dickensian community ~ and so much the better for that! ~ so just wanted to give everyone a heads-up about the adjustments; substantially it’ll be just as it is now.