Bonjour, mes amis. ‘What is all this poor French in aid of?’ I hear you ask. Well, mes amis, it’s that time of year again when Laura from Reading In Bed hosts her annual summer readalong. Each year, she picks a daunting classic to tackle over the summer months. Last year, I participated for the first time when we all headed to Russia and hung out with those craaazy Bolkonskys and Rostovs in Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Unfortunately, I went on holiday during the end of the readalong and completely fell off the wagon and never finished War and Peace but shhhhh don’t tell anyone, let’s move on and foolhardily take on another long classic instead, shall we? Très bien!
This year, the classic chosen is… The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and the readalong is amusingly titled The Full Monte, because it really IS the Fully Monty, none of these abridged versions in sight, just the real deal. It also means we all have an excuse to post multiple Full Monty gifs now. Très bien!
For more info on various translations and editions, see Laura’s announcement post but, basically, grab a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo and, starting 2nd July, join us all in reading the book over the subsequent six weeks. Laura will be posting weekly updates on Mondays and I’ll try to follow the same reading and posting schedule too. It seemed to work out reasonably well last year during the War and Peace Newbies Readalong so, if it aint broken etc. etc. I’ve also done another reading progress spreadsheet with what page number I need to be on each day in order to stay on track, because I’m a sucker for a conditionally formatted spreadsheet.
But, for now, consider this a statement of my intention to pick up the rather pretty Penguin Clothbound edition of The Count of Monte Cristo and get reading once it hits 2nd July.
Are you joining in the readalong too? Let me know and we can help encourage each other on each week!
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Your spreadsheet is a wonder. If I was reading from my paper copy I would use it!!
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Oui Oui, Très bien, Bienvenue.
And that’s my French done. Yay, we’re going to smash this. Or fail spectacularly but let’s aim for Hulk smash!
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