Friday, January 5, 2024

Announcing The Betsy Tacy Book Club: 2024 Series Read Along

This year one of my goals is to make more time to read. I've felt in recent years that I am far too often distracted by social media, and it was detracting from the time that I would prefer to be reading. I currently have two books I started just this week, but something I have been contemplating is re-reading The Betsy Tacy series of books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

I discovered this series as an adult when I began homeschooling my children, and the first time I read it I think I might have read the entire series within just a few weeks. It may possibly be my favorite children's series of all time!

I mentioned in my previous post that I was considering hosting a read-along, and as I have committed myself to reading them again, I've decided to do just that. The more the merrier, yes?

With that, I've come up with a schedule which you'll see below and participation is really very simple. We'll read one book in the series each month and on the first Monday of the following month, I'll share my thoughts about each book in a post, and if you are reading along with me, you can share yours in the comments. Here's how it will work

January - Betsy Tacy
Discussion - Monday, February 5

February - Betsy Tacy and Tib
Discussion - Monday, March 4

March - Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
Discussion - Monday, April 1

April - Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
Discussion - Monday, May 6

May - Heaven to Betsy
Discussion - Monday, June 3

June - Betsy In Spite of Herself
Discussion - Monday, July 1

July - Betsy Was A Junior
Discussion - Monday, August 5

August - Betsy and Joe
Discussion - Monday, September 2

September - Betsy and the Great World
Discussion - Monday, October 7

October - Betsy's Wedding
Discussion - Monday, November 4

We'll finish up our discussion in early November, and then towards the end of November, I'll have a fun Advent Calendar reading for us to enjoy with select passages from each of the books.  I discovered this year and almost posted it then, but now I'm glad I waited so we can make it a part of our year-long readings.

If you already own the series, that's wonderful! And if not, check with your local library or you can order the from Amazon (these are the books I have!)

The Betsy Tacy Treasury (The First Four Books in the Series) (AFFILIATE LINK)'

I looked for them on the Internet Archives, but so much there has changed in recent months, and many books are no longer available to borrow.  I did see that there is also a Kindle edition of the titles listed above, if you'd prefer to go that route.

I'm looking forward to spending a year in Deep Valley with Betsy, Tacy and Tib, and you as well! If you want to join me, please leave a comment on this post to let me know. And, as always, don't let the year long commitment scare you.  This is all very simple and easy, just read when and if you can, and if you forget and don't visit the post each month to join in the discussion, that's ok, too.  There are no rules here, other than to be kind, friendly and courteous to all! If you ever forget what book we are on or when our next discussion will be, *I'll create a link back to this post in the side bar over the next few days, so you can always just click on it and find your way back here.

*UPDATE - You'll find the link to this post in the right side bar!

Until then, my friends . . . .

I'll meet you at the top of the hill!

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Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading this series and joining along for the book club. I have never read them, but I love the idea of revisiting books from my childhood and others that I missed reading along the way. I just checked and my library has all but the last two titles of the series that you listed. Thank you for hosting!


Kimberly Lottman said...

Judith! I’m so happy that you will be joining us! This is a delightful series I am sure you will love!