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Happy Ascension Day! Happy Memorial Day! Happy Africa Day! No matter what you are celebrating this weekend (or not), have fun and stay safe!

The Boy Turned TwoThe little guy turned two this week. He sort of understood that it was a special day and that he was the star of the show. He took a lot of pleasure in all the birthday songs that his family sang to him - he also added some of his own tunes to the mix. Honestly, some days it feels so hard to believe that he is not a baby anymore. With my daughter, I felt the passing of each day and her birthdays appeared to be following the Martian calendar - they felt very far apart. But this guy has blazed through the past two years, I almost feel that I've missed months in between. I'm worried that if I pinch myself and blink twice, I may catch him packing for college. Yikes! 
Happy birthday, little guy! May you continue to have fun breaking apart things - whether that's your take-apart truck or your sister's carefully built Leg…

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.