The 2021 Chapter-A-Day Read-Along is being hosted by Nick at One Catholic Life. It’s another one of his excellent yearly read-alongs and this time it’s a literal train of books. I was really excited when I heard about it, as it contains two books that I’ve been meaning to read and other old favourites. And a chapter per day …. what could be easier?
Nick says: “The goal of these chapter-a-day read-alongs is to encourage people to read classic books they might not otherwise read because of their length or age. With that in mind, I chose five classic novels that I think fit that description well. They come from four different countries and several of the books are some of my absolute favorites.”
The five books are:
- The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Italy)
- Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Poland)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (France)
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (England)
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (France)
My plans are to definitely join in for the two books I haven’t read: Quo Vadis and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. As for the others, I’m not sure yet. I’ve read The Divine Comedy three times but I wouldn’t mind reading it again and the other two would be second reads for me. However, I am thinking of some substitutions. I’ve been meaning to read Great Expectations so I may swap that for David Copperfield, and I have Twenty Years After, the second in the Musketeers series, on my Back to the Classics challenge list, so I may substitute that for The Three Musketeers. At the moment I probably wouldn’t substitute anything for The Divine Comedy as I already have a number of books lined up for the beginning of the year.
The schedule will be as follows:
- The Divine Comedy: January 1 to April 10 (100 cantos, or chapters= 100 days)
- Quo Vadis: April 11 to June 23 (73 chapters and an epilogue = 74 days)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: June 24 to August 21 (59 chapters)
- David Copperfield: August 22 to October 24 (64 chapters = 64 days)
- The Three Musketeers: October 25 to December 31 (67 chapters and an epilogue = 68 days)
In any case, whichever way I choose to do this read-along, I’m really looking forward to it. I know I professed that I was going to participate in very few challenges this year, but I couldn’t pass this one up. Check out Nick’s blog if you’d like to join too!