Friday, May 23, 2008

July's Reading Schedule


The Host by Stephenie Meyer is the selection for the month of July at Becky's Online Reading Group.

The Host
by Stephenie Meyer
July's Book-of-the-Month at Becky's Online Reading Group

Day 0: July 2nd; Share thoughts on cover, flap, blurbs, prologue, first paragraph of chapter one. In other word--first impressions. Also might want to visit Stephenie Meyer's website or the book website.
As "homework" between 7/2 and 7/7 read The Host 1-58 (Prologue through chapter 6)

Day 1: July 7th. Discuss chapters 1-6 (pp. 1-58)
As "homework" to read between 7/7 and 7/9 read pp. 59 - 117 (Chapters 7 - 12)

Day 2: July 9th. Discuss chapters 7-12 (pp. 59-117)
As "homework" to read between 7/9 and 7/11 read 118-180 (Chapters 13-18)

Day 3: July 11th. Discuss chapters 13-18 (pp. 118-180)
As "homework" to read between 7/11 and 7/14 read 181 - 243 (Chapters 19-24)

Day 4: July 14th. Discuss chapters 19-24 (pp. 181-243)
As "homework" to read between 7/14 and 7/16 read 244- 312 (Chapter 25-30)

Day 5: July 16th. Discuss chapters 25-30 (pp. 244-312)
As "homework" to read between 7/16 and 7/18 read 313-357 (Chapters 31-34)

Day 6: July 18th. Discuss chapters 31-34 (pp. 313-357)
As "homework" to read between 7/16 and 7/21 read 358 - 407 (Chapters 35-39)

Day 7: July 21rst. Discuss chapters 35-39 (pp. 358-407)
As "homework" to read between 7/21 and 7/23 read 408 - 456 (Chapters 40-44)

Day 8: July 23rd. Discuss chapters 40-44 (pp. 408-456)
As "homework" to read between 7/23 and 7/25 read 457 - 505 (Chapters 45 - 49)

Day 9: July 25th. Discuss chapters 45-49 (pp. 457-505)
As "homework" to read between 7/25 and 7/28 read 506 - 558 (Chapters 50 - 54)

Day 10: July 28th. Discuss Chapters 50-54 (pp. 506-558)
As "homework" to read between 7/28 and 7/30 read 559 - 619 (Chapters 55 - epilogue)

Day 11: July 30th. Discuss chapters 55 - the epilogue (pp. 559-619)
Share closing thoughts and final impressions.

Are you planning on participating? Email me at laney_po at yahoo dot com to let me know. (Or leave a comment with your email address.) I'll send out a group email to remind you the week before discussion starts. It's not required to let me know in advance, but you won't get the email reminder if you don't. :)

Undecided? You can read the first four chapters (and prologue) online.

ALSO OF INTEREST:
Want more Stephenie Meyer? Sign up for the Stephenie Meyer Mini-Challenge!
Looking for eligible books for the Cardathon? The Host is blurbed by Orson Scott Card. Find out more about the Cardathon here.
Love science fiction? Love challenges? Consider joining my 42 Challenge
Love apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction? Consider joining my "It's The End of the World As WE Know It" challenge.
To find out more about Becky's Online Reading Group, visit my about me & rules page.

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1 comments:

Alix 10:08 PM  

Count me in to read The Host, I really enjoyed the last reading group!

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