Welcome to the first ever Babbling Books Read-along! This October we will be reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman together. Neverwhere is one of those books that has always held a special place in my heart, but I realised recently that the details had faded into a pleasant nostalgic blur -it has been 10 years since I read it afterall. Thus a read-along seemed the perfect way to refresh my memory & share the story with friends!
Below you will find a calendar with will the important dates to remember. There are 20 chapters in the novel, so we will be reading 5 chapters a week. If you fall behind, or skip ahead that’s fine, just be aware that the discussions at the end of each week will cover everything that has happened so far (and if you’ve fallen behind may contain spoliers).
Each Friday I will write a blog post with some discussion questions and my thoughts so far, and you can add you own comments below each one. Discussion on Instagram can be a little ‘messy’ and not everyone is on Goodreads so this platform should suit. All you need is an email address to leave a comment.
To make the month extra exciting each week I have a photo challenge for you. Completing it is optional, but I will feature my favourite photo/s in the weekly discussion posts, so it’s a great opportunity to show off your photography skills – and I’ve seen all your accounts so I know you have great talent! Don’t forget to use the tag #BabblingBooksRA on Instagram/Tumblr/Twitter and mention me in the comments so I can see your photos & comments.
Meet & Greet:
At the end of this post is a list of all the Instagram accounts who have signed up for the read-along, check them out and you might find some new friends, these will be your reading buddies for the whole month.
Pre-Reading Discussion: Comment below
- Where are you from?
- Have you read Neverwhere before?
- In the introduction Neil mentions Neverwhere was inspired by his favourite childhood stories: Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, & The Wizard of Oz. What were your favourite childhood books?
1st October – Start! Read the Prologue *Challenge: Show me your copy of Neverwhere #coverlove
2nd – Prologue Discussion
3rd – 9th Read chapters 1-5 *Challenge: Inspired by Richard’s umbrella #mappedbooks
9th – Chapters 1-5 Discussion
10th – 16th Read chapters 6-10 *Challenge: “Beware of Doors” #booksanddoors
16th – Chapters 6-10 Discussion
17th – 23rd Read chapters 11-15 *Challenge: Where do you read Neverwhere? #whereiread
23rd – Chapters 11-15 Discussion
24th – 30th Read chapters 16-20 *Challenge: Favourite quote from Neverwhere
30th – Chapters 16-20 Discussion
31st – End of read-along – Halloween!
31st – 6th November – Read ‘How the Marquis got his coat back’ short story
6th – Short story Discussion
If your username isn’t on this list or I’ve spelled it incorrectly, please let me know and I will update it!