Monday, September 1, 2014

Gothic September and The House of Seven Gables Read-a-Long Kick Off!

It's time to kick off Gothic September and start the read-a-long of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables. I am so excited because Fall is here (unofficially after Labor Day, officially September 23) so the spooky/scary reading is starting and Carl's R.eaders I.bibing P.eril IX. Who else is excited!?

I am going to be doing some Gothic reading this September with The House of Seven Gables and a new book coming out in October, An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman. I'm also going to be listening to some Edgar Allan Poe on audio and, if I have time, I'll squeeze in Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown.

If you want to join me in reading some Gothic books this Fall, I hope you will share what you read with me in the comments. I will be posting several times all month about Gothic topics and will share links to your posts. Also, if you would like to contribute by writing a post, please also leave me a comment. Would love to have your contributions!

If you will be joining me for the read-a-long of The House of Seven Gables, I am keeping the reading schedule fairly simple. We will have only two check-ins here on the blog, mid-book and end. You can also share your progress on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #NH7Gables. If anyone would like to have a Twitter chat at finish, please let me know in your comment below.

The House of the Seven Gables Read-a-Long Schedule

September 1 - 15 
Chapter I/The Old Pyncheon Family through Chapter X/The Pyncheon Garden (end on p. 151)

September 16
Mid-Book Check In

September 16 - 30
Chapter XI/The Arched Window through end (ending page in my edition is 309)

October 1
End of book/Final check in

Twitter/Facebook hashtag:  #NH7Gables

Happy Gothic September and Happy Fall!

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  1. I am looking for my copy of House of Seven Gables. Never read it. Always wanted to read it. Thanks for the invite.

  2. Hi Michelle, I am adding your readalong to my list of things to read during R.I.P. this year. I've never read the House of the Seven Gables, and I am looking forward to it!

  3. Hi Randall! Glad to have you joining us. R.I.P. is one of my most favorite things in the Fall. :)

  4. Hi, Michelle! I got my kindle copy of House of Seven Gables, and I definitely plan to start it. I don't know if I can keep up with the read-along schedule, but I'll try! Even if it takes me a little longer, this is classic Hawthorne that I've never read, so thanks for the motivator. I look forward to your review of An English Ghost Story, too. Cheers to you, and I hope you have an enjoyably scary Fall! :)

  5. Looking forward to joining your read-along. I have the kindle version and also found the paperback from 1963 which is very fragile with it's yellowing crisp edging pages. Think it was the first book of
    college reading. So long ago. Glad it is an ebook now.

  6. I've wanted to read this for ages. Perfect for R.I.P. Thanks!

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