Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Read-A-Long: Roots by Alex Haley


Last summer I wrote a post about a reading challenge I was participating in and how I was having trouble deciding which books to read.  One of the books I mention was ROOTS.  A fellow book blogger, “Book Snob” suggested that together we host a summer read-along using the book.
For the longest time I have wanted to read this book.  Being an owner of the miniseries (and as soon as “Roots: The Next Generation” is on DVD, I will be the owner of this miniseries as well) and having watched them several times, I felt that it was only right for me to read the book.  However there was never a perfect time and honestly, I was afraid to tackle it.  Let’s be honest here, this is not a light summer reading. 
With the book being a little over 900 pages, I am going to need something (or someone) to hold me accountable and stay the course with finishing the book. 
Without further ado….. HERE IS “SUMMER 2011 READ-ALONG: ROOTS BY ALEX HALEY”

Starting Monday, June 13th and EVERY Monday for the nine weeks, we will be discussing the book, “Roots”. 
By reading 100 pages a week, Book Snob and I will post our thoughts about the previous week’s reading. 
So come by every Monday (as well as Book Snob’s blog) for discussions on our weekly reading.  If you have a blog and want to participate, please comment below.  Every week put the link of your post in the comment section of that particular week.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BLOG, please post your thoughts of the reading directly in the comment section of that particular week.
Therefore if you have ever been interested in reading this book but thought the subject and length of the book was too heavy for you, this is a great space to come and post your thoughts and opinions about it. 
I mean really…. What else are you doing this summer???  LOL! 
See you all on MONDAY!


BrownGirl said...

i have to admit i've never read this tome. not so much out of intimidation by the content but not making time to tackle its girth. i think i'm in.

Reads4Pleasure said...

I read it a few summers ago because it had been sitting on the shelf since childhood and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can only handle one big book a summer and right now I'm still trying to make it through The Warmth of Other Suns and Some Sing, Some Cry, so I probably won't participate.

FYI, The Next Generation is available on DVD. I bought a copy on ebay a few years ago.

Monique said...

I am in, Roots has been on my reading list forever. I am planning to read the ebook version. So, I don't know how that will translate into pages. I'll try to follow along and keep up.

Dusky Literati said...

I've also never read the book but have the series on VHS and DVD. Re-watched it a year ago with my daughter. Looking forward to the read-a-long

Book Snob Wannabe said...

@Reads4Pleasure: Thanks, I am going to have to look into that and get me a copy!

See you guys on Monday!

Sherrie said...

I would love to join you on this read-a-long. I read this book shortly after is was first published. Looking forward to re-reading it and the discussion times. I've posted at my place and linked it back to you. Have a great day!

Just Books

Booksnob said...

I am excited to get reading and posting about Roots. I am so happy all of us are in this together.

Tomorrow: Start reading
Monday June 23rd -first post.
Does that sound good?

I am going to re-announce the readalong again tomorrow to remind people.

Book Snob Wannabe said...

@Booksnob: Sounds great to me! I will also send reminders out on facebook and twitter as well.

discodiva73 said...

I am going to try to readalong...I read it years ago and for some reason got a new copy a few years ago and I keep saying I am going to re-read it!