|Summer Staycation/Books From Your Own Backyard |
on ActionReaders.com 7/10-8/25.
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)
ActionReaders.com (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 ActionReaders.com), 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.
* 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 ActionReaders.com. 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.