Back in January (while all three kids had a stomach plague) I was on Twitter talking books. Melissa at Avid Reader’s Musings was raving about Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw. Tooth and Claw is essentially — according to the author — a retelling of Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage WITH DRAGONS. Yes, Victorian love triangles, and inheritance woes, and marriage complications, and class issues, and DRAGONS. It was awesome and I highly recommend it.
Anyhoo, we were talking (tweeting) about how much we loved the book and as a result we both wanted to read Framley Parsonage. Then one of us discovered it was part of the Barsetshire series and, well, the rest is history. The Barsetshire readalong was born.
We’ll be reading one book of the series each month beginning in March:
March: The Warden
April: Barchester Towers
May: Doctor Thorne
June: Framley Parsonage
July: The Small House at Allington
August: The Last Chronicle of Barset
What a great way to get started with a new author and tuck in six classics under my belt before the summer is over! We’ll each post something about the new book at the beginning of the month and then we’ll each do a closing review/post at the end of the month. Easy Peasy. No check-ins or crazy schedules, but we will be discussing on Twitter with the #Trollope2014. By the way, Melissa did the lovely button; feel free to nab it.
Confession: I’ve never read Trollope. I always intend to but I think I was just intimidated. Anthony Trollope wrote two full series and the standalone novels are quite thick. Where to begin? Barsetshire. I will begin in Barsetshire.
Let me know if you’ll join in on the fun!