For the Classics Club Spin #8, I’m reading Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, and I’d like you to read-along with me. Today is the first day, and it also happens to be the first day of Book Week Scotland. Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh on Aug. 15th, 1771, and died in Abbotsford on Sep. 21st, 1832. He wrote during the Romantic era, which was my favorite time period while I was in high school. Between the years 1814 and 1832, he wrote 30 novels, several long poems, and many other books, including a nine-volume Life of Napoleon. He has been called a combination of Shakespeare and Samuel Johnson, and he was greatly admired by Honoré de Balzac and Alexandre Dumas.
We’ll finish on the 4th of Jan, 2015. I’ll do a progress/discussion post every Sunday, which will include trivia about the book and Sir Walter Scott, and a review post on Jan. 5th. Don’t worry if you get a little behind at any point during the read-along. The discussion posts will most likely include spoilers, but I will mark them as such so you can skip over them until you get caught up. Below is the chapter break down:
- Mon. 24th Nov. – Sun. 30th Nov.: Chapters 1 – 7
- Mon. 1st Dec. – Sun. 7th Dec.: Chapters 8 – 16
- Mon. 8th Dec. – Sun. 14th Dec.: Chapters 17 – 25
- Mon. 15th Dec. – Sun. 21st Dec.: Chapters 26 – 31
- Mon. 22nd Dec. – Sun. 28th Dec.: Chapters 32 – 38
- Mon. 29th Dec. – Sun. 4th Jan.: Chapters 39 – 44
If you’d like to participate, create a blog post, and then sign up through the linky below before the 30th, or comment with your Tweet or Facebook post. You don’t have to be a member of the Classics Club to participate, but if you are, leave a comment with a link to your Classics Club list. Happy reading!