Monday, August 19, 2013

Announcing The Book Thief Read Along!


It was inevitable that I would end up hosting ( in this case co-hosting) a Book Thief read along, right?

Well, let me tell you how it happened:

So I was sitting there minding my own business on Twitter when suddenly Kathy says, "Hey, do you think I should read The Book Thief before or after the movie comes out?"

Both Kami and I were like, "What? Dude! BEFORE!! Of course!"

And then Kathy was all, "But, I'm sort of worried about it, and I need to read it with someone or something!"

And we were all like, "AH!!! We will read with you! We can have a READ ALONG!!"

Because you know, even if I've read it twice already, I'd say it's about time for another read of this book. AND, because one can never read it too many times. And now there's the movie, right? And one should read it again before the movie comes out anyway, right?

Of course right.

So if you:

1. ...have never read this book before and feel that now is pretty good time to give it go...
2. ...love the book so much that you can re-read over and over and never get sick of it....
3. ...want to re-read before the movie comes out (on November 15, by the way)...
4. ....have never read the book and are like Kathy and are a little scared to, and want a support group...
5. ...want to just join in with us for a fun project and read along....

Then now is the time! Sign up today to let us know you want to participate!

Here's our plan:

We've divided the book into three parts, with the idea to read it slowly through the month of September. We will each (Kathy, Kami and I) take a part and host the discussion on our blogs for that part. The schedule look like this:

September 1: start reading
September 10: read through Part 3: Suey will host discussion here in this blog
September 20: read through Part 6: Kami will host discussion on her blog
September 30: finish the book: Kathy will host final discussion on her blog

Also, we'll be using the hashtag #bookthief to discuss it on Twitter. My particular plan is to tweet my thoughts and quotes that jump out at me as I'm reading, just like I did awhile back with I Am the Messenger. That was quite fun!

So? Are you with us? If yes, then post about it on your blog (to help us spread the word) and then sign up in the linky below with the URL of the post. Then join with us on the above mentioned days for our discussions either by commenting on the discussion blog, or writing up your own discussion on your blog and linking up on the linkys for each discussion.

I'm so excited! Can't wait to get started!



36 comments:

  1. Your post made me laugh! I'm so excited about this!

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  2. I'm in!!!! I want to read it but haven't done so yet! Why not join you guys?

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. Rebecca: Why not indeed! We'd love to have you!

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  3. I'm in. I will be traveling the 10th but the other days I should be available. Is the discussion done through comment sections or a chat room?
    Btw, I don't know how they can turn the Book Thief into a movie. It seems impossible. What do you think? Its one of my favorite books and definitely one of the most unique books I've ever read. I've read it 3 times and each time it left me speechless. There are so many parts of it which are nuanced and different that the movie will be hard pressed to capture. We'll see

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    1. Smiling: Wahoo! Yes, I'm scared about the movie, but I'll give it a chance. Here's hoping. The discussions will happen throughout the month on twitter, and then the three times listed above either by commenting on the discussion post or writing up your own post and linking up... however you want. Hopefully that makes sense!

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    2. Cool. I will have the audiobook while I'm on vacation. I actually read/listened to it the last time I took a vacation and I was riding the greyhound and crying like a baby. I wonder what people thought about that! What amazes me about this book is how you can have so many developed characters. Most authors are lucky if they have 2 dynamic characters this one has so many. A side character like Ilsa or Rudy that you feel so attached to by the time they have their parting it rips your heart out. I really think it is the best book published in my lifetime.
      If you'd like me to contribute something to the read along I'd be happy to. I work good with assignments especially when traveling.

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  4. I know I already told you, but I'll join in. :) I just won't have links. But, I'll come and join in the discussion on each host's blog when the time comes.

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    1. Jenni: Perfect! I want so bad for you to read it!

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  5. Yay! I'm happy you're getting lots of interest on your blog. :) And I love that you included *exactly* how this all came about. It's a good thing I'm so afraid of reading this! (kidding, kidding)

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  6. I did not know they were making a movie, thanks for the tip. I love this book and have read it twice. I might join In on your discussions.

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    1. Kelley: I would LOVE that! I hope you do!

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  7. Woo! Just got this in at the library, so you can count me in :) I'll get a post up soon too!

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  8. I'm totally going to do this. I'll sign up for real when I get a post up. I'm excited!!

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    1. Susan: YES! Waiting for your post.....

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  9. I'm so in! I've never done a read along, but I've been wanting to read that book for FOREVER! Nows the time! Yay!

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    1. Britney: Sweet! I'm so glad you'll be joining us! Yay for a first time read along! They really fun, I promise. :)

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  10. Here's my post on the book and the read-along http://smilingldsgirl.com/2013/08/23/book-thief/

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    1. Smiling: YAY! So glad you are joining in!

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  11. I do love this book. I probably won't have a chance to reread it in September, but I'm hoping to before the movie. Have fun!

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    1. Melissa: Yeah, I feel crazy for trying to fit it in right now, but hey, it's going to work!! Good luck with your re-read. I hope you do find time for it!

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  12. I signed up to read this book and I haven't read it yet..so don't toss the tomatoes at me yet lol but loved the trailer :)

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    1. Julie: Toss tomatoes? Ha! Have you found a book yet? So excited that you are joining us!

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  13. I'm all for it. Thanks! I have never done a read along before, but I have wanted to read THE BOOK THIEF for some time now.

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    1. Lo: We have so many newbies this time, I'm so excited! Thanks so much for joining us!

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    1. turnthepage: Yay! Glad to have you!

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  15. I think I'm going to join in, because I haven't read the book yet!

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    1. Melinda: Awesome! Perfect timing!

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  16. Look, I decided to join, kind of last minute, but I managed to borrow the book, so yay. So excited to be reading along with you! :)

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  17. It's a plan. I will begin it again, and hopefully finish it this time! I'm excited for the movie, as well as other things happening this fall! I don't know if I will be able to join the discussions... depends on when I get home from work, I suppose. But I make no guarantees!

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    1. Megs: YES! Seriously? You'll read with me? :)

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  18. This is great! I didn't know your blogs, but I saw a tweet of Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader. I ordered the book last week, but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm hoping it will soon, so I can start reading. I'm in! :)

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