Are there classics you’ve always wanted to read, or favorites you’ve wanted to revisit? Our list is a mile long, so as we previously mentioned, this year we thought it’d be fun to read them with you!
As bloggers, we chase so many shiny new books that it’s easy to forget that there are lots of amazing books that have withstood the test of time. One of my personal goals for the year is to read more for pleasure, and as Kate pointed out, it’s also great to choose books that are readily available at the library for all of us to experience together.
Classic YA Readalong: February 2014
Beginning in February, we’ll discuss one classic or middle grade title on the last Friday of each month. We’ll also have a #tmgreadalong hashtag so that we can discuss all of the books on Twitter throughout the month.
The first book we’ve chosen for this readalong is Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. It’s a special favorite of several of the ladies here at The Midnight Garden, and the perfect thing to read in the middle of a snowy winter. Whether you’re rereading the book or tackling it for the first time, everyone is welcome! The ebook and paperback are only around $5 on Amazon at the moment, though I think I’m going to be trying out the audiobook version this time around. According to my friend Bonnie, the author is the narrator and I think there’s also a full cast, too.
Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
Philip Pullman’s award-winning The Golden Compass is a masterwork of storytelling and suspense, critically acclaimed and hailed as a modern fantasy classic.
Lyra is one of the most unforgettable heroines in literature, so we hope you’ll join us for this dashing adventure! THERE ARE WARRIOR ICE BEARS, people. I mean, c’mon, how can you resist that?
After we discuss the book on the 28th, we’ll also be inviting you vote on the book we should read in April. (We’ve already pre-chosen March so that we can keep things moving along.) Write-in suggestions are welcome in the comments below, which we’ll discuss internally for interest on our end, although we’ve already come up with a really fun mix of books to choose from, too.
2014 Classic YA/MG Challenge
We’re challenging ourselves to read more classics this year, so if you’d like to do the same, please feel free to grab the button below. (I wish there were some sort of challenge widget thingy we could use for this–if anyone knows of a good WordPress plugin, please let me know.)
- read at least 8 classic YA or MG books in 2014 (does not necessarily have to be the ones we read here, although obviously we’d love for you to join us when you can!)
- discuss them with us here at The Midnight Garden monthly (you can tell us what you’re reading in our classic readalong posts)
- post reviews on your blog or GoodReads to spread the word to others
- post this button on your blog and link back to us —–>
We’re loosely defining classics on the basis of the following criteria: publication date, award recognition, long-lasting appeal, acknowledgments as standouts in the genre, etc. Although honestly we have at least one pick that’s going to just because it’s so darned fun, too.
Those who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a special bookish prize at the end of the year. We may have occasional goodies for other participants in our monthly discussions, too!
2014 is going to be fun, my friends. We hope you’ll join us in embracing more classics this year.