Over the next couple months, I’m going to be participating in a readalong of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.
The Kushiel series is very special to me. Growing up, I read constantly, both because I loved reading and because it was a form of escapism. When I moved to DC, I found myself surrounded by good friends and new experiences. Reading fell to the backburner, and was something that I did for class, but nothing else. I let myself forget the sheer joy of reading for fun. Then one day, I found a book called Kushiel’s Dart sitting on a coffee table. It was like nothing I’d read before. The exquisite detail of the world of Terra D’Ange, the fact that Jacqueline Carey was able to create a world where gender roles and sexual mores were so different from our own society, and the connection that I felt to the characters… it really was eye-opening, and it made me think about some of my own previously held assumptions about the world. I devoured the first two trilogies, and I think it’s safe to say that if I hadn’t discovered the book, I might not be blogging here today. And even if I was, the types of books I’d be reading would likely be very different.
I’d been thinking a lot about the Kushiel books lately, and was delighted to learn that some of my blogging friends were planning on doing a readalong.
If you’d like to join, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment, and I’ll make sure that you get added to the list.
Here’s the schedule (will update if there are any changes):
Week 1: May 10, Chapters 1-8, Hosted by Dab of Darkness
Week 2: May 17, Chapters 9-18, Hosted by Tethyan Books
Week 3: May 24, Chapters 19-26, Hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow
Week 4: May 31, Chapters 27-36, Hosted by Beauty is a Sleeping Cat
Week 5: June 7, Chapters 37-45, Hosted by Dab of Darkness (unless someone else wants to host)
Week 6: June 14, Chapters 46-54, Hosted by Books Without Any Pictures
Week 7: June 21, Chapters 55-63, Hosted by Dolce Bellezza
Week 8: June 28, Chapters 64-73, Hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 9: July 5, Chapters 74-83, Hosted by Dab of Darkness (unless someone else wants to host)
Week 10: July 12, Chapter 84-END, Hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow