Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
I’ve been a bit reluctant to try a read-a-long because I hated the idea of having to read a book at a particular (slow!) rate. However, the past month there were two I just couldn’t pass up. Allison at The Book Wheel and Rebecca at Love at First Book co-hosted a read-a-long of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. At the same time, Suey at It’s All About Books, Kami at Kami’s Library Thoughts, and Kathy at Read This Instead hosted a read-a-long of The Book Thief. Here’s what I liked and didn’t like about the experience of doing these read-a-longs.
The only con was what I expected. It’s so hard to put down a good book when you’ve read the scheduled chapters! And these were both very good books. However, that said, I think it’s completely worth it for all the wonderful things about the experience. Basically, blogging (for me) is about having a place to discuss books obsessively since I don’t have a ton of friends who read. Read-a-longs are perfect for this! It’s so much easier to comment on other blogs when you’re reading the same book
Discussions for these two read-a-longs included discussion posts on the hosts’ blogs; questions to be answered on your blog; and scheduled twitter chats.Through this read-a-long and the SheReads book club, I’ve discovered that personally I far prefer twitter chats to hosted discussions. I can just spend an hour chatting with people in real time about the book we’re all reading. Discussion posts require you to check back periodically in order to have a back-and-forth conversation and they can get really hard to follow. I also liked the questions to be answered on our own blogs. They gave me a great reason to visit and comment on the other participants blogs. I also got to see a bit more of what other people thought than they could type in the 140 characters available on twitter. Overall, both read-a-longs were a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do another one!