I need your help, my dear friends, so solve a very difficult problem that I'm facing with the approaching December. Winter is coming, and there are 4 read-a-longs of some daunting books that I really want to read, plus a Sci-Fi event that I will be participating in, and I totally don't know which to choose! The problem is, as usual, the lack of time: December for me is not only the end of the semester, it's also a long-expected visit home for the time when Catholics have Christmas and a high time to start preparing for the January exams. So I HAVE to choose ONE of these difficult chunky classics, because I will not be able to read more. So how about I list my options here and you tell me what you think I should choose? I'd so appreciate it!
Middlemarch readalong at Too Fond, running from December 1st to 31st
- is on my Classics Club list
- it was my Classics Spin title, so it's kind of... destiny?
- I've already started it in March and read the first part
- there's a clear weekly plan for the readalong. I love schedules!
- it's supposed to be very satirical, multi-layered and enjoyable... hm..
- there's a reason I abandoned it after the first part, and I'm not sure I will not be suffering the same this time
- it's 900 f***ing pages!
A Tale of Two Cities readalong at An Armchair By The Sea, running from December 1st to 22nd
- I've meant to read it for a long time
- December kind of suits for reading Dickens
- I like the button
- it's only 400 pages
- it's not on my Classics club list, but I guess I can add another book there. *sighs* It keeps growing...
Little Women readalong at Unscripted, running from December 1st to 29th
- it's on my Classics Club list
- it's supposed to be a sweet and easy book, suitable even for children, although full 500 pages long
- I just have this strange feeling I will not like it very much.. But I suppose it's not a valid reason :)
Ulysses readalong at Roof Beam Reader, running from December 15th to January 5th
- I'm so afraid of this book I'll never start to read it on my own. Srsly, I'm panicking even when I just think about it. I need an event for this!
- it's the best book for boasting that you have actually read it
- it's also on my Classics Club list
- the timing couldn't be worse: out of 21 days for the readalong, 16 I will be enjoying my visit home, refreshing my distance relationships, buying gifts and then traveling. Not even the relatively calm beginning of December to get me started...
Sooo.. guys, what should I do? I'd really appreciate your opinions on the above-mentioned books to help me decide which one to choose! :)