I recently had an unfortunate experience with my real-life book club and To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (long story short: I recommended the book and it turned out to be a bad fit for the group—we ultimately decided to abandon it). So when Carrie at Books and Movies mentioned on Facebook that she’d recently become a Connie Willis fan and was working her way through all of Willis’ work, I jumped at the chance to read Blackout with someone who loves Willis as much as I do.
We will be reading the book for the whole month of July, so I’m hoping a few of you will join us!
Note that Blackout is part one of a story that continues with All Clear (which is unfortunately only out in hardcover at the moment). I’ve been told that it’s a good idea to get your hands on the second book right away!
Carrie (who is way more organized that I am) figured out the reading schedule; she and I will alternate leading the discussion each week.
As Carrie discovered, the book’s chapters are not numbered, but the page numbers in her paperback match those in my hardcover book. So here’s the schedule:
July 1 to July 8 (post to go up on July 9): pages 1-123 (stop when you get to the chapter headed with this quote: “Coughs and sneezes spread diseases.”)
July 9 to July 15 (post to go up on July 16): pages 124-253 (stop when you get to the chapter headed with this quote: “Wars are not won by evacuations.”)
July 16 to July 22 (post to go up on July 23): pages 254-378 (stop when you get to the chapter headed with this quote: “Is Your Journey Really Necessary?”)
July 17 to July 29 (post to go up on July 30): pages 379-491
I just picked up the book at the library yesterday and I’m itching to start it right away! To join us in this read-along, head over to Books and Movies and sign up using the Mr. Linky at the bottom of Carrie’s post.