Friday, June 24, 2011

Read-Alongs for Summer: Get the Word Out!

Summer Staycation/Books From Your Own Backyard
on 7/10-8/25.
Our local libraries and schools offer read-alongs for kids, with prizes and gatherings to talk books.

But what about us adults?  It's DIY Summer Book Blog Read-Alongs to the rescue!

Summer Book Blog Read-Alongs (with their first lines to get you interested, and for First Line Friday over at A Few More Pages)

The Creative Habit (by Twyla Tharp) Read-Along at (6/19-7/9) Prizes, challenges. 
First Line: "I walk into a large white room."  This is actually a wonderful book (see our discussion over at, as Tharp mixes the concrete and the visual of her stellar career as a choreographer with examples from literature and all the arts to help us all wrap  more creativity into our daily lives.

Summer Staycation Read-Along (local author, local action) Read-Along over at (7/10-8/25). Prizes, challenges.  First lines will vary. ;-)

* War and Peace Summer Read-Along.  Here at What She Read.  (6/24 - 8/24/11)  Details on Monday!  (informal, w/weekly blog posts here...)
First Line: "Eh bien, mon prince, Genes et Lucques ne sont plus que des apanages, des family estates de la famille Buonaparte." (Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Bonapartes.)  Yep, we'll need each others' support to move through this classic!  My IRL book group is reading it this summer, so I thought, "Why not offer a read-along to all those who haven't yet tackled this long-but-reportedly worthwhile tome?"

Roots (by Alex Haley) Read-Along at BookSnob (6/20-8/25)
First Line:  "Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a manchild was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte." Haley's style is present in this first line: straight forward description and narration, focused on events and settings more than character development, but still offering a dimensional protagonist in the hero born above: Kunta Kinte.

Ready to step up and stage your own read-along?  Can you add an action idea or two for your readers?  (Quick prompts above on the Action Ideas tab.)

Great!  Just tell me (and all those visiting here) about it in the comments below, and I'll create a page to connect readers to read-alongs, both here and at  Plus, I'll feature 1-2 read-alongs/week here and there, if they have action elements.

Now's a perfect time to build community and shift our own lives toward our wildest dreams, one book at a time.



Dana said...

Great idea! I don't have one but I'd love to do one. Keep the ideas coming!

The Book Gatherer said...

Count me in! I may be game to sign up to your War & Peace readalong so I'll stop by again on Monday for the details!!

Katy said...

War and Peace is one of those books that I would probably only be able to tackle through a readalong. I'm working this summer, though, so I'm not really going to have time to join. :(

Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

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