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  • Rowdy 8:15 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Good Earth Discussion Schedule 

    Happy New Year classic readers!!! I’m Andi from Estella’s Revenge, and when Heather approached me to lead discussion during a quarter this year, I was surprised and delighted! It took no time at all to decide on Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth. It was, by far, my favorite classic I read in 2010, and I have no hesitation about re-reading it with you all again this year. 

    A brief introduction: February will be my 6th year of blogging. There have certainly been lots of ups and downs in that time, but I always come back to books and to my blog friends. In my daily life, I’m the Program Chair for General Education at a career college in Dallas. My department covers language, math, sciences, social sciences, communications, and all the other “basic” college courses. I also teach composition and literature courses. You might think I’d be really well-suited to lead a discussion of classics, but I’m not so sure!!! The classroom discussion is quite different from the online discussion, but I’m really excited to try!

    While I’ve read my share of classics in school over the years, I’m constantly struggling to bring more classics into my fun reading, and The Good Earth is a perfect balance of the fulfilling classic with supreme readability. It’s just a great story, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.

    To give everyone time to gather their books, I’ve decided to start discussion in mid-February. Maybe that will give us all enough time to recover from the holiday season and get some books under our belts and ready for some discussion.

    The discussion will be split into four parts:

    • February 14th, Chapters 1-9 (Happy Valentine’s Day!)
    • February 21st, Chapters 10-19
    • February 28th, Chapters 20-28
    • March 7th, Chapters 29-34

    So there we have it! I hope you’ll dig up an old loved copy of The Good Earth, or maybe you’ll go out and buy a brand new one. Either way, it’s worth the journey into China’s past.

    • Patti Smith 9:21 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Andi! I’ve already got my copy and am looking forward to it!

    • Heather 10:15 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m beyond excited to be reading with you Andiroo!

    • SuziQoregon 10:35 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Such a great book. I listened to the audio a few years ago. Have fun reading it!

    • Jo-Jo 10:50 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh this is awesome! I read this with my book club a few years ago but would definitely be willing to read this one again!

    • mee 4:14 pm on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Read this book with my book group last year and everyone enjoyed it. Might pop by for the discussion later 🙂

    • Jen - Devourer of Books 9:11 pm on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yay! I’m so excited! I haven’t read this since high school, but I remember really enjoying it. I will say, though, I was surprised to see that it was much shorter than I remembered. I was picturing 600+ pages.

    • Eva 1:07 pm on January 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ohh: I had this on audio a couple years ago and never finished it. Maybe this time I’ll manage to get all the way through!

    • Lisa@ButteryBooks 10:13 am on January 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great pick!

    • RaSharei 3:08 am on February 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good choice, Andi! I’ve gone out and bought a new copy, and am looking forward to the discussion!

  • Jen - Devourer of Books 8:50 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    East of Eden Discussion Schedule 

    We have our reading schedule for East of Eden! I will try have questions posted 1-2 weeks ahead of time on my blog so that you know what to look for as you read. The dates below are the start of discussion for the section indicated. If you can have the portion read ahead of time, that would be helpful.

    January 25th – Section 1 (Chapters 1-11)
    February 8th – Section 2 (Chapters 12-22)
    February 22nd – Section 3 (Chapters 23-33)
    March 8th – Section 4 (Chapters 34 – end)

    I hope you will all join us, and that you enjoy this book! I’m on my second copy already, because I destroyed by first one with rereads

    • Rebecca Reid 10:16 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am excited about this. Although I’ve already read this one, it was exactly two years ago come January that I finished it. It prompted me to start blogging about books because I wanted to discuss the themes with someone!! lol now I can!

      • jendevourerofbooks 12:52 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yay! I’m so glad you’ll be reading with us! I love this book.

    • SuziQoregon 6:07 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m excited about reading this one. I’ve never read it and have heard from so many people that it’s good.

    • Ronnica 8:31 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I read this about a year ago, but really enjoyed it. Will get an audio copy to reread it. Looking forward to the discussion!

    • capriciousreader 6:54 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t wait to read it too. It’s one of those classics I’ve always meant to read, but never quite got around to it!

    • Heather J. 8:16 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Is it ok if I just follow along with the posts? I love this book but don’t have time to reread it right now …

      • jendevourerofbooks 8:54 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Of course! If you have time to thumb through some pages, great. If not, no problem.

    • Emma 10:34 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      can’t wait! I just reread it! Thanks for your great blogs. hey I’m curious, how many books a year do you read?? Emma

      • jendevourerofbooks 10:50 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m at about 200 this year.

      • Heather J. 11:08 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m at about 100, but a big chunk of those are audio …

    • Amanda 8:22 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love this idea! Sadly, though, I’ve read all three books currently on the calendar. Read East of Eden a few months ago. Read Tree for the third time two weeks ago. Read The Handmaid’s Tale fall of 2008. Any ideas what the fourth book of the year is going to be?

      • jendevourerofbooks 8:25 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, I don’t, we haven’t figured that out yet, if you follow the blog I’ll make sure to post it when we do know. Please do come and join us for the discussions anyway, though! East of Eden and Tree should be fresh enough in your head you could discuss, I would think. I read Handmaid’s Tale probably around the same time you did, maybe a few months earlier, but I enjoyed it enough I’m planning on rereading.

    • Becky 1:51 pm on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I just discovered this project, but I’m excited! Both East of Eden and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are in my TBR pile!

      • jendevourerofbooks 2:16 pm on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        We’re so excited to have you!

    • Jessica 11:53 am on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so in. I’ve been meaning to reread East of Eden since I finished it the first time!

    • softdrink 8:34 am on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I bought my copy the other day, so count me in, too!

    • Heather 5:51 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m starting it tonight!

    • Literate Housewife 3:59 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in! I used some of my Christmas booty to buy a copy. I can’t wait!

    • Rachel 11:36 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m definitely in for this. I put together a list of Classics that I “must read” and the list is long. East of Eden is on the list, as is The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m adding A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to the list now. Can’t wait!

    • christa 7:42 pm on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I read a lot… but mostly contemporary and non-fiction and hardly any classics (not since high school) so this year I am hoping to read some, or at least one to start to see why they are classics 🙂

    • lilly 7:57 pm on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I hope to join you guys. It all depends on when I have my baby. The delivery is set to Feb 7th but I will get to reading now just in case 🙂

    • Tamara 8:01 pm on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m very excited about this book club! My new years resolution was to read more classics this year. I think book clubs are wonderful ways to read, especially when the books may be a little content/language heavy like some of the classics. Although I’ve been wanting to join a book club for a while now, the frequent travel associated with my job has meant that monthly book clubs are hard to commit too. This one sounds like it will be perfect for me!

    • Brittanie 7:19 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I checked out a copy from the library today. I have only read Of Mice and Men but have heard about this book so I want to read it. I read a Tree Grows in Brooklyn last year for the first time and it was good. I look forward to seeing everyone’s thoughts.

    • KJ 10:56 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh! I was so excited when I found this blog last night that I dusted off my book that has been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years and started turning the pages. I have been wanting to read more classics and kept putting it off to read the latest and greatest bestseller. Now I have a focus. I’m going to have to let my monthly book club know about this site; maybe they’ll want to join too!

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