Les Miserables Chapter-a-Day Read-along Sign Up Post

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Hello, Book Lovers!

I only recently found out about a wonderful read-along that is taking place when I read Ottavia’s sign up post for this event. Nick @ One Catholic Life is hosting a year long read-along of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The goal is to read one chapter a day for a whole year; read it slowly and absorb as much as possible from this book. I’m late in finding out about it and late in signing up for this event, so I’m a bit behind schedule, but since they are reading one chapter a day, I should be able to catch up quickly.

If your interested in participating, hop on over to Nick’s blog to sign up. He has a link to the schedule in his post as well that you can check out. He also has some interesting weekly posts which you may enjoy reading even if your not participating.

The reason I want to participate so late in this read-along is because I got this book for Christmas as a gift from my Dad. He told me before Christmas that he got me something that was on his father’s bookshelves while he was growing up. It was this book.

At first, I wasn’t sure when I would start reading this book. It’s so huge! This book would definitely require a commitment. Then, I found out about this read-along. Serendipity!

My grandfather loved to read and was very intelligent. My dad tells me that he loved big, thick books (this certainly fits the bill) and he loved reading about history. Sadly, while I was growing up, my grandfather was often sick. I never had a chance to discuss books with him. This book now has a sweet connection for me to my grandfather–and my Dad, too– and will be a special addition to my library. When I told my Dad that I was going to read this book slowly, over the course of the year, he smiled and was pleased. I am going to embrace this slow reading and remember my grandfather and appreciate my Dad as I do.

I have never read this book before. I have only seen the musical version a few years ago with Hugh Jackman–which I loved! I am looking forward to reading this slowly, to absorb all the humanity, philosophy and poetry which I understand run strongly throughout the novel.

I will be reading the Barnes & Noble 2017 Hardback edition by Sterling Publishing Co.

This read-along, with the discussions and Nick’s weekly posts seem like they would only add to my reading experience of Les Miserables. So, I’m looking forward to participating…now I just have to catch up!

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14 thoughts on “Les Miserables Chapter-a-Day Read-along Sign Up Post

  1. Too much else to read, I’m afraid, so I’m sorry I shan’t sadly be joining in with this. But this is another lovely example of the Slow Reading movement that seems to have crept up on us — long may it last!

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  2. So good to see that you are joining! It should be no problem to catch up. It typically takes me only 5 to 10 minutes to read a chapter each night, and recently the chapters have been very short, more like 2 or 3 minutes worth. You’ll be caught up in no time 🙂

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  3. I agree, let’s embrace this slow reading movement! Honestly, if I had not received this as a Christmas gift, I probably wouldn’t be participating either. But I’m glad for this unexpected surprise because I am really enjoying the book so far. 🙂

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  4. Thanks! I was surprised by how short the chapters are and once I catch up it won’t be any problem at all. So far, I am really enjoying the book. I’m glad I saw your sign up post! 🙂

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  5. Hello BJ, I’m so glad that you’re joining in with the Les Mis Readalong. It’s certainly not too late to join in, I think it would be relatively easy all this month at least. I’m 4 days behind right now, but planning to catch up in the next day. I’ve already been ahead and behind a few times. It is serendipity indeed to get the book for Christmas and then find the read along. I’ve had the book for a number of years, and am still thrilled to find the read along. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts.

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  6. Thanks, Louise! I’ve already finished Book 1. Monseigneur Bienvenu certainly is inspiring. I’m going to try to get fully caught up this week. I’m really enjoying the book so far and I’m glad I found this read along. 🙂

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  7. Welcome aboard.
    Like Louise I’ve been ahead & behind a couple of time already! But it has always been easy to catch up & when I’m back in the rhythm of reading just one chapter a day, I adore the slow, rich reading experience it provides. It even gives me time to compare translations!!

    Are you on Twitter? We’ve been sharing favourite quotes & images using #lesmisreadalong

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  8. Thanks, Brona! I’m happy to be participating and I’m already practically caught up. I got caught up to today’s reading. So, tomorrow I will read today’s reading and tomorrow’s reading and be fully caught up. I am really enjoying the story and Book 2 is moving even faster for me than Book 1–its so engrossing!

    I’m not on Twitter, but I have been enjoying Nick’s posts where he highlights various Twitter chats. I may just post something here with a favorite quote that week.

    There really is so much to take in and I know I’m going to enjoy the slow reading through this story. I’m so glad I found this read-along! 🙂

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  9. What a wonderful personal connection to this book, BJ. And I guess the slow reading movement caught you!

    Interestingly, I was in a used bookshop over the weekend and saw a copy of Les Mis and remembered this readalong. But I am opting out, because I don’t think I can read two books slowly in one year 🙂 However, I am so excited to see so many people reading this way.

    And just think, now you can have slow coffee to go with your slow read!

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  10. Thanks, Carrie! I know, the timing was amazing. 🙂 I’m so glad that I found this read-along while it was still early enough to catch up and I will get fully caught up on the reading tonight. The chapters are short enough where if I do fall behind, it will be easy to catch up. Going forward, I’m going to really enjoy reading this book slowly. 🙂

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  11. It sure has…and I only just found out about slow reading, too! The timing was just perfect for this book and the read-along. Your right, though, it would be difficult to read two books like this in a year, especially when the purpose is to read slowly and take in as much as you can.

    And, I will absolutely enjoy some slow coffee, too! Savoring good books and good coffee…its going to be great!

    I hope you are enjoying your slow read as well. 🙂

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  12. I love this book! It’s my son’s favorite, which always interests me because he was in remedial reading for three years of elementary school. I think I may join all of you…such a temptation. I love how you have your grandfather’s book!

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  13. This is my first time reading this book and I am really enjoying it so far. It’s not too late to join in and the chapters are pretty short so it’s possible to catch up.
    Oh, I don’t actually have my grandfather’s book, I wish I did, that would be priceless. It’s just that Les Mis was on his bookshelf and my dad remembered that this book was a part of his father’s library. It was why he got the book for me, but my copy is a new 2017 edition. I probably should have explained it further in my post. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression.
    I hope you decide to join. Nick has weekly posts and Twitter chats, although I’m not on Twitter, that really add to reading this book.

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