April Schedule

March 2, 2008 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Announcements and Schedules | 1 Comment

Tomorrow, March 3rd is the start of our second selection, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. But I wanted to let you know about our April selection. I know it is a bit early. But these things do take a bit of time to work out as a reader, a participant. You might need to check to see if your library has a copy. You might need to put the book on reserve and join a waiting list. You might want to read a few reviews on Amazon. You might want to purchase your own copy (used/new; hardback/paperback).

So I wanted to announce the books-of-the-month for April. Yes, books plural. First, we’ll read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Second, we’ll read Looking For Alaska by John Green. I will go ahead and post those schedules here. (Mostly so I don’t lose them amongst the stuff scattered on my desktop). I didn’t plan it this way, but both Speak and Looking For Alaska lack traditional chapters. This means that the schedule below may appear more confusing than it actually is. Speak is divided into four sections, “marking periods.” Looking for Alaska is divided into two sections, “before” and “after.”

I’ve decided to divide both books into four sections or discussion days. This leaves ‘extra’ days to get the reading done. (Previously, there have been three discussion days in a given week. Now for these books at least, there are only two discussion days per week. The sections may be a bit longer, but there is more time given between discussion days.) I’m using the hardback copies of both books, so page numbers will vary.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wednesday, April 2nd; First Marking Period; Roughly 3-46
Monday, April 7th; Second Marking Period; Roughly 49-92
Friday, April 11th; Third Marking Period; Roughly 95-137
Wednesday, April 16th; Fourth Marking Period; Roughly 141-198

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Monday, April 21rst one hundred and thirty-six days before – one hundred and nine days before (roughly 3-50)
Friday, April 25th one hundred and one days before – the last day (roughly 51-133)
Wednesday, April 30th; the day after – twenty-seven days after (roughly 137-182
Friday, May 2nd; twenty-eight days later – end (roughly 182 – 221 unless you read the author’s note in which case it would be 182-225)


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  1. Laurie Halse Anderson is in Chattanooga, and I met her last night (Sunday evening) at a reception dinner we had for her. I’ll tell her your group is reading her book. Here’s my review of SPEAK, in case you are interested:

    After she speaks at the university tomorrow night (Tuesday, the 4th), I plan to write about it on my Bonnie’s Book blog:

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