I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series and I keep hearing how people want to read this series, but never do. Sadly, I haven’t read any of the Outlander novels since A Breath of Snow and Ashes came out in 2005. The seventh novel, An Echo in the Bone, has already been out for a year and the eighth novel, Written in My Heart’s Own Blood, will be coming out soon (although not soon enough). So I’m thinking I really need to get reacquainted with Jamie, Claire and all the other wonderful characters in the Outlander novels by starting from the beginning. I’m also thinking this is the perfect time for all everyone who keeps saying they want to read it, to finally picking them up. Plus, for those who have read Outlander, but haven’t picked up the Lord John novels – yea, I’m including those too. *grin*
So for 2012, I’m hosting the Outlander Reading Challenge. Here are the details:
- The challenge will run from January 1st through December 31st.
- The goal is to read all 7 Outlander novels as well as all 4 Lord John novels and graphic novel, listed below, or as many as you can or want to do. (I don’t like inflexible reading challenges, so don’t stress out if you don’t think you’ll be able to get through them all).
- Once a month, we’ll get together and chat about where and what we’ve read (more details about this to come).
- After reading one of the novels, write your review and then come back to the main challenge page and add your link to Mr. Linky. Make sure you include your name and which title you’ve read.
- Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.
During the last weekend of each month, let’s gather to discuss whichever novel we’re currently on. I’m thinking, with 11 novels being focused on, a person could concentrate on doing one a month – so it makes perfect sense to discuss the books at the end of the month. Plus, do we really need a reason to get together and talk books? At the end of the month, I’ll post a genreal discussion post on Literary Escapism and we’ll convene right here on the site to discuss the month’s Gabaldon read. I’ve posted the order below and I hope everyone is able to join in. By posting the discussion threads here on LE, I figured this would make it easier for people who don’t want to log into Twitter or Facebook and I can make it so the post doesn’t get lost amid anything new happening. Plus, people won’t have to be tied to their computers for any length of time and can come and go as one likes during the discussion.
- Janaury – Outlander – the discussion has been posted here.
- Feburary – Dragonfly in Amber – the discussion has been posted here.
- March – Lord John and the Private Matter – the discussion has been posted here.
- April – Voyager
- May – Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
- June – Drums of Autumn
- July – Lord John and the Hand of Devils
- August – The Fiery Cross
- September – The Scottish Prisoner
- October – A Breath of Snow and Ashes
- November – An Echo in the Bone
- December – The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel
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Want to join in? Sign in below, using the pattern in the #1 slot!
When you’re signing in with Mr. Linky, please leave either your name or your blog name followed by the Outlander title – i.e. Jackie (Dragonfly in Amber) or Literary Escapism (Lord John and the Hand of Devils). I’ll add a new Mr. Linky for wrap-up posts later in the year. Thank you. Mr. Linky will become active on January 1, 2012.
I have read and re-read books, but I love any excuse to re-read again!
I’ve wanted to read Outlander for a long time – this challenge will be the perfect motivation! Thanks for hosting!
I just found you through the 2012 Outlander Challenge – can’t wait to get started. I have reread these books every year now for 20 years. I have Echo in the Bone that I haven’t read as I’ve been holding out until nearer the next book but will definitely read it now. I remember when my daughter read it last Christmas she tossed the book across the room in frustration – I guess from a cliffhanger, lol? And I just received my autographed copy of The Scottish Prisoner for Christmas :)
Sounds great–I recently started listening to the audiobooks, so this will be fun!
Sounds like fun! A good excuse to re-read the series
Was browsing Diana Gabaldon’s facebook page and stumbled onto you. I’ve read all the books multiple times, and am waiting (impatiently) for her 8th book in the Outlander series (just like a zillion other people). This discussion would tide me over and I’m excited to be a part of it!
Would love to be a part of the discussion and am looking forward to rereading the series in anticipation of MOHB.
What is a URL? How do I sign up for this Outlander reading challenge? How do I follow the pattern in slot #1?
Can’t wait to discuss my favorite series of books!
I don’t have a blog can I still do this? I will skip the Lord john books if that’s OK. I could never get into them.
Hi, I just discovered your blog today. I was doing a search for “Davina Porter.” I wanted to learn more about her. At present, I am listening to her read Dragonfly in Amber on Audible. I’m reading the book as well. I discovered the Outlander series in April. I am in love with the characters. Jaime is my new fictional love. I may even love him more than Mr. Darcy. I picked up the third book a few days ago at Half Price Books. The guy at the checkout stand asked me if the book was a romance novel. I told him that I had originally looked for the book in the fantasy section. I did not know how it would be categorized. I did however find it in the romance section. The reason I’m telling you this is that I like the fantasy elements of the stories best (time travel, altering history, etc.). I often find the romantic parts too mushy. I also believe that D. Gabaldon is as good a fantasy writer as George R.R. Martin. I just finished the most recent of his published books in the Fire and Ice series. Anyway…I’m happy to have discovered your blog! Keep up the good work.
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