Saturday, July 1, 2023

Summer Read Along: The Wind in the Willows - July 10 - August 20, 2023

As many of you know, children's books, especially vintage children's books, is among my favorite genre's. I've been re-reading some old favorites this summer, including Gone Away Lake and Return To Gone Away Lake, and just last night I picked up a new-to-me favorite, The Penderwicks, which is a series I have yet to read and I am already enjoying! 

One of my favorite children's books is The Wind in the Willows and The Willows in Winter, both by Kenneth Grahame. I've had The Wind in the Willows on my list of books to re-read over the summer, and I decided to invite you along! 

One of my favorite quotes by C. S. Lewis is; 

"No book is really worth reading at age ten which is not equally and often far more worth reading at the age of 50!"

and I wholeheartedly agree!

If you've never read The Wind in the Willows, or if you're like me and it has long been a favorite, I hope you'll join me. This is the schedule I've arrived at, and with twelve chapters, I've broken it down to two chapters a week.

WEEK 1 - July 10 -16
- Chapter 1 - The River Bank
- Chapter 2 - The Open Road

WEEK 2 - July 17 -23
- Chapter 3 - The Wild Wood
- Chapter 4 - Mr. Badger

WEEK 3 - July 24 - July 30
- Chapter 5 - Dulce Domum
- Chapter 6 - Mr. Toad

WEEK 4 - July 31 - August 6
- Chapter 7 - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
- Chapter 8 - Toad's Adventures

WEEK 5 - August 7 - 13
- Chapter 9 - Wayfarers All
- Chapter 10 - The Further Adventures of Toad

WEEK 6 - August 14 - 20
- Chapter 11 - Like Summer Tempests Cames His Tears
- Chapter 12 - The Return of Ulysses

I'm going to keep thing very simple and informal, so as not to interrupt my plans to slowly savor the days of summer. The weeks will run Monday - Monday, since I dont' post on Sundays, and we'll read two chapters a week. I'll post my thoughts on the weeks readings every Monday and if you're joining along you can leave your thoughts in the comments, and that's that. 

If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, please leave a comment and let me know. And please know this nohard and fast commitment. Though weekly conversation would make things more lively, I of all people understand that we are all busy and that sometimes even with the best of intentions, we just can't do it all. So don't feel that by saying "I'm in!", that you are bound to commenting weekly or that the book club police will come knocking at your day if you fail to do the weeks reading and participate. That's just not who I am! I will read and post weekly, regardless, and while I'd love for you to join me, I understand if you can't make it every week, or at all! The posts will be there, either way! :)

If you don't have a copy of The Wind in the Willows, you could probably pick one up from the libary and I noticed that there are several copies available at The Internet Archives.


Anonymous said...

I'd love to join in on this.


Kimberly Lottman said...

I would love to have you, Judith! I'm writing up this weeks post this morning!