I may have learned to resist signing up for too many reading challenges, but a group-read of a book that I've been wanting to get to is hard to resist. I'm not sure if I will have the time to read, post, and visit other participants in these read-a-longs, but for now, I'm just going to pretend it's completely doable, and ignore the fact that in the last four days, my reading has been limited to the five minutes before I fall asleep.
Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity is hosting a group read of The Odyssey this month (six books each week). I've read it before, a translation by T. E. Lawrence (yep, Lawrence of Arabia) but I've had the Robert Fagles translation on my shelf, and would like to reread it before tackling some presumably good stuff (The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood) and some scary stuff (Ulysses by James Joyce).
Frances from Nonsuch Book is hosting a group read of this new translation of Dr. Zhivago, with discussion taking place between November 16-30. I haven't read this since junior year of high school for a book report, and I'm sure this experience will be much different.
I'm also continuing a fabulous readalong of Lonesome Dove, jointly hosted by Amused by Books, My Friend Amy, and Gerbera Daisy Diaries. Each Wednesday, one of these blogs has a set of questions for a ten-chapter section. I haven't been posting for each section on my own blog, just commenting on their blogs each week. Hopefully at the end I'll do one review for the whole thing. By the way, I was very snobbish about the copy I'm reading. I had to have the one above, and I am loving the twinkly stars on the cover.
I'm also looking forward to a traditional book club read of Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis to be held early in December (?). I read and loved Main Street, so I'm really excited about this one. Isn't that the greatest cover?