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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

Readalong Alert! The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch is one of the few books I must have seen everywhere lately. Most everyone has strongly recommended the title. Heck two other books by Donna Tartt also come heavily recommended, including The Secret History. So far, I am yet to read a review calling The Goldfinch bad or lackluster, but if you've seen or written one, let me know, because I like to keep my expectations in check.



When I mentioned hoping to read The Goldfinch before the end of the year, Natasha also mentioned her plans to read it by year end, and viola, a readalong was born. If you are interested in joining us for the ride, let me or Natasha know in the comments. We are planning to do it so informally that we haven't made any plans yet. We did decide not to have regular progress posts, but we will have some discussion post in the end.

I admit the size of the book intimidates me quite a bit. At 700-odd pages, it is a chunkster, though not as chunky as some of the chunkier books in the market. I'm not the fastest reader in the world, but I am curious enough about this book that I want to dive right in.

Care to join us?

Comments

rhapsodyinbooks said…
Half of me wants to join along but I am a little reluctant because of how long it is! But so many people say it's worth it!
Sheila DeChantal said…
I would love too but just not sure if I can pull it off in time. :) Let me think about it ;)
Vasilly said…
I'm so excited to read this! :-)
Athira / Aths said…
You should join us! Even if it takes a while longer to finish, it will be worth it!
Athira / Aths said…
Don't worry about time. I'm not sure how soon I can finish it either but it should be a great way to end the year.
Athira / Aths said…
Me too! I cannot wait to start. I'm hoping to start reading this weekend.
Kim Ukura said…
This is a good book for a readalong! There are lots of things to talk about.
Man of la Book said…
A very interesting book, I almost bought it on Amazon's lightning deal.

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Jenny @ Reading the End said…
I have already read The Goldfinch for this year, but I'm very excited to see what everyone else thinks of it! I predict that you will all find Boris enjoyable and great.
Athira / Aths said…
I've been intrigued by the many reviews I read so far. Just started it and it is so good!
Athira / Aths said…
It is intriguing so far!
Athira / Aths said…
I just started it and it is enjoyable so far.
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
I would so join you, if I wasn't half way through Les Mis. I can only do one chunkster at a time! I'll be looking forward to the posts though, this is a book I really want to get to soon.
Athira / Aths said…
Oh yeah, Les Mis is another one of those books I am not reading because of its size. Some day, another readalong will be coming.
I can't wait to get to this one. Sadly, I can't right now. I hope you enjoy it!
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! It's going well now.