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The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along | WINTER

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WINTER IS HERE!!!!

We kicked off the read along with CINDER in August and zipped through SCARLET in September (see the intro & CINDER post here!) and had a blast reading CRESS in October and now… WINTER IS HERE!!!!!!!! I’m sure we’re all diving into WINTER as soon as it hits our doorstep so if you plan on reading it as soon as it comes out or any time throughout November, we’d love to have you join in the very last leg of the #TLCReadAlong and read the book with us!

If this is the first you’re looking into the read along, it’s incredibly simple and totally relaxed! We’re really just reading the books together to have a great time discussing together and do all of these fun posts as well. WINTER is the last leg of the read along and whether you’ve been here from the beginning or are just joining in now, it’s not to late to join in the fun! There’s a lot of fun ideas and extra posts during the WINTER leg and even if you’re not a part of the read along, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Since WINTER is probably one of your most anticipated releases, I’m guessing if you’re joining the read along and you’ve read this far, you’re probably not too concerned about a schedule. Most likely (for me too), it’ll be “savor the book while still reading as fast as you can” and since the book is legit 800+ pages, let’s just say instead of a schedule, just take your time to read WINTER throughout the month of November. (I know when I read QUEEN OF SHADOWS the other month, it took me about two weeks to read 650+ pages so I think readers can sort of pace themselves on this one!)

The schedule is more of a guideline really anyway for those who like to stay on a specific timeline so feel free to start or finish any time during the month of November! The read along is always about reading the books, discussing, and enjoying more than a schedule. I’m just happy you’re here and reading along with us!


BONUS POSTS | These posts are designed to be fun & easy! Choose one or all to post any time during the WINTER read along! (If you need to include any spoilers in these posts, please mark clearly!)
Even if you’re not officially joining the read along and you’re interested in one of these fun post ideas, I’d love to see your Lunar Chronicles-themed posts so just  make sure to tag me or use the #TLCReadAlong hashtag when posting and I’ll be sure to share!

  • Lunar Chronicles Book Tag (questions posted in October for the CRESS leg but there’s no limit on when this can be posted (I’d love for it to cycle forever!))
  • Scattergories (participants choose a letter as their “theme” to pair up things from the book)
  • Lunar Chronicles-themed Pinterest board/fan art/memes (You can check out my Pinterest board here! The Lunar Chronicles)
  • Favorite couple of the series
  • Favorite fairy tale adaptation of the series
  • The Lunar Chronicles MASH | Create your own or use the pre-created game below to play! Post your results on Twitter/Instagram with #TLCmash to share or enter it into to your own blog post! (If you have a blog and/or Tumblr, that could be the ideal place to share graphic + text!) 
  • Series Read Alikes (now that we’ve finished, what to read next)
  • Snow White parallels within the book

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And don’t forget to update on social media throughout the read along with the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! (No spoilers, please.) If you use the hashtag, you’ll automatically be entered for the swag giveaway at the end! Entries valid for the giveaway must be posted between 11/1/15 and 12/7/15 using the read along hashtag. Winner will be chosen and announced the first week of December. 

Thanks for joining in the read along! I can’t wait to hear your updates and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Make sure to use the #TLCReadAlong hashtag or tag me so I can share your awesome updates! I’m so excited to read WINTER together!!!!

Joining in for WINTER? Add your name to the list below to declare your excitement for the read along! (Note: if you have already signed up for CINDER/SCARLET/CRESS, you do not need to add your name again.)

The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along | Cress

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Did you love The Lunar Chronicles and want to re-read the series before WINTER comes out in November? Have you been meaning to start the series and are ready now that all the books will be out? Then now’s the perfect time for you to join THE LUNAR CHRONICLES (RE)READ ALONG!

We kicked off the read along with CINDER in August and zipped through SCARLET in September (see the intro & CINDER post here!) and now it’s already time for CRESS! I don’t know about you but this read along has been moving fast (in a good way) and I feel like we’ve been spending some awesome quality time with these books!

Now we’re looking towards October where we’ll be reading and celebrating CRESS all month long! I know some people couldn’t wait to start but whether you’re already finished or running behind, I think we’re all going to have an awesome time talking about CRESS this month! Here’s what the tentative schedule looks like:

  • 10/1 – 10/7:  Chapters 1-15
  • 10/8 – 10/14: Chapters 16-30
  • 10/15 – 10/21: Chapters 31-45
  • 10/22 – 10/28: Chapters 45-End
  • Week of 10/26: Post recap and/or review

The schedule is more of a guideline for those who like to stay on a specific timeline but feel free to start or finish any time during the month of October! The read along is always about reading the books, discussing, and enjoying more than a schedule. I’m just happy you’re here and reading along with us!


BONUS POSTS | These posts are designed to be fun & easy! Choose one or all to post any time during the CRESS read along! (If you need to include any spoilers in these posts, please mark clearly!)

  • Kiss, Kill, Marry (Kai, Wolf, Thorne) NOTE! We will be playing on Twitter during the last week of the read along (the week of 10/26) so keep your eyes peeled for that to go down on the hashtag!
  • Lunar Chronicles Book Tag (questions will be posted the first week of October!)
  • Scattergories (participants choose a letter as their “theme” to pair up things from the book)
  • Rapunzel parallels within the book
  • WINTER theories
  • Lunar Chronicles-themed Pinterest board/fan art/memes (You can check out my Pinterest board here! The Lunar Chronicles

And don’t forget to update on social media throughout the read along with the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! (No spoilers, please.) If you use the hashtag, you’ll automatically be entered for the giveaway at the end! Entries valid for the giveaway must be posted between 10/1/15 and 10/31/15 using the read along hashtag. Winner will be chosen and announced the first week of November. 

Thanks for joining in the read along! I can’t wait to hear your updates and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Make sure to use the #TLCReadAlong hashtag or tag me so I can share your awesome updates!

Joining in for CRESS? Add your name to the list below to declare your excitement for the read along! (Note: if you have already signed up for CINDER/SCARLET, you do not need to add your name again.)

The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along | Scarlet

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Did you love The Lunar Chronicles and want to re-read the series before WINTER comes out in November? Have you been meaning to start the series and are ready now that all the books will be out? Then now’s the perfect time for you to join THE LUNAR CHRONICLES (RE)READ ALONG!

We kicked off the read along with CINDER in August (see the intro & CINDER post here!) and I hope everyone’s been having a GREAT time so far! I’ve been having such a blast seeing all of the updates, the posts, and re-reading the books myself!

Now we’re looking towards September where we’ll be reading and celebrating SCARLET all month long! Some people finished CINDER super quickly and jumped ahead, others waited to start, but regardless if you still need to read or have already finished, I think we’re all going to have an awesome time talking about SCARLET this month! Here’s what the tentative schedule looks like:

  • 9/1 – 9/7:  Chapters 1-12
  • 9/8 – 9/14: Chapters 12-23
  • 9/15 – 9/21: Chapters 24-35
  • 9/22 – 9/28: Chapters 36-47
  • Week of 9/28: Post recap and/or review

The schedule is more of a guideline for those who like to stay on a specific timeline but feel free to start or finish any time during the month of September! The read along is always about reading the books, discussing, and enjoying more than a schedule. I’m just happy you’re here and reading along with us!


BONUS POSTS | These posts are designed to be fun & easy! Choose one or all to post any time during the SCARLET read along! (If you need to include any spoilers in these posts, please mark clearly!)

  • A red-themed post/photo
  • Where in the universe would you take a spaceship?
  • Crushing on Thorne | Rascals & snark
  • Favorite grandparent relationships
  • Little Red Riding Hood parallels within the book
  • Scarlet’s Rotten Tomatoes | Which baddies of the books do you want to hurl tomatoes at?

And don’t forget to update on social media throughout the read along with the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! (No spoilers, please.) If you use the hashtag, you’ll automatically be entered for the giveaway at the end! Entries valid for the giveaway must be posted between 9/1/15 and 9/30/15 using the read along hashtag. Winner will be chosen and announced the first week of October. 

Thanks for joining in the read along! I can’t wait to hear your updates and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Make sure to use the #TLCReadAlong hashtag or tag me so I can share your awesome updates!

Joining in for SCARLET? Add your name to the list below to declare your excitement for the read along! (Note: if you have already signed up for CINDER, you do not need to add your name again.)

The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along | Sign-Ups + Cinder!

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Did you love The Lunar Chronicles and want to re-read the series before WINTER comes out in November? Have you been meaning to start the series and are ready now that all the books will be out? Then now’s the perfect time for you to join THE LUNAR CHRONICLES (RE)READ ALONG!

Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series is one of my all-time favorites and I knew I wanted to experience them all again to refresh my memory before the final book, WINTER, comes out this fall! I got the idea to host a read along for those who wanted to re-read and for those who have been holding out for WINTER before they started and it’s finally time to share this read along with all you book-lovers out there! (You have no idea how hard it was to hold onto this idea until it was finally time to share!)

I’m SO excited to be hosting this four-month long event with some help from the wonderful folks at Macmillan & Fierce Reads! They were kind enough to totally jump on board when I asked them if they wanted to be a part of the read along too and it wouldn’t be as fabulous as it’s shaping up to be without them!

Ready to get reading? Check out the details of the read along below!

WHEN

The read along will span from August 1 – December 7, 2015. Readers will be allotted four weeks to read each book. Here is the schedule for each book:

  • CINDER: August 1 – August 31
  • SCARLET: September 1 – September 30
  • CRESS: October 1 – October 31
  • WINTER: November 10 – December 7

NOTE: Since FAIREST is such a short read, it will not be officially included in the read along (it’s way too quick to dedicate a whole month to it)! If you want to read FAIREST too, the downtime between CRESS & WINTER might be a great time to squeeze it in!

HOW

  • Readers will have four weeks to read each book (though the entire month will be allotted).
  • At the end of each month, readers will be encouraged to write either a review of the book or some sort of recap post.
  • Readers are also encouraged to share updates (NON-SPOILERY) on social media using the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! At the end of each month, one person using the hashtag will be randomly selected to win a TLC-related prize! Contest is open to US participants only. Sorry! But we hope that regardless of country, you’ll join us in reading!
  • There will also be opportunities for fun Lunar Chronicles posts related to each book — think less book report questions, more fun & games!

WHO

ANYONE is invited to join in! Whether you’re re-reading the series in full, starting for the first time, or jumping in later on, we welcome you with open arms! If you’ve already read CINDER and want to wait to jump in at SCARLET (for example), or just want to wait until WINTER comes out and read along with us then, you’re welcome to hop in the read along at any time!
You may see many bloggers here but you do NOT have to be a blogger to join! This is literally a read along for ANYONE who wants to read the series. I’m just excited to experience the series with new readers and those who already love it and want to re-read. All readers welcome!

WHERE

  • READ ALONG DETAILS: The details of the read along will be posted here at The Book Addict’s Guide. Fierce Reads + Macmillan will also be cross-promoting the read along in conjunction with their exciting promos for WINTER as well! Be sure to check out their “Join the Resistance” campaign for SO much more Lunar Chronicles-related fun, opportunities, and swag giveaways!
  • TWITTER + INSTAGRAM: Share updates and photos with the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! (No spoilers, please.) At the end of each month, one person’s entry using the hashtag will be selected to win a Lunar Chronicles-related prize! (Sorry, but giveaway winners must have a US address that we can ship to.)

Sound like a good plan? I hope you’re interested in joining in the Lunar Chronicles read along! Leave your name and/or blog name below to let everyone know you’re participating!

And don’t forget to check out all of the amazing things that Fierce Reads has planned! Be sure to check out their Join the Resistance features for WINTER teasers, opportunities to win swag, series fun & more!


Ready to kick off the read along with CINDER? Check out the details below for timing, chapter breakdowns, fun posts & more!

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CINDER | August 1st – August 31st

  • 8/1 – 8/7:  Chapters 1-9
  • 8/8 – 8/14: Chapters 10-21
  • 8/15 – 8/21: Chapters 22-30
  • 8/22 – 8/28: Chapters 31-38
  • Week of 8/30/15: Post review and/or recap

BONUS POSTS | These posts are designed to be fun & easy! Choose one or all to post any time during the CINDER read along! (If you need to include any spoilers in these posts, please mark clearly!)

      • Crushing on Kai | Celebrity Crushes
      • Books with Royalty
      • Favorite Sci-Fi (novels, movies, etc)
      • Which of Cinder’s cyborg features would you want?
      • Cinderella parallels within the book
      • Cinderella retellings

And don’t forget to update on social media throughout the read along with the hashtag #TLCReadAlong! (No spoilers, please.) If you use the hashtag, you’ll automatically be entered for the giveaway at the end! Entries valid for the giveaway must be posted between 8/1/15 and 8/31/15 using the read along hashtag. Winner will be chosen and announced the first week of September. 

Thanks for joining in the read along! I can’t wait to hear your updates and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Make sure to use the #TLCReadAlong hashtag or tag me so I can share your awesome updates!

Just One Year/Gayle Forman Read Along: Week 4 Answers

Welcome to the read along for JUST ONE YEAR, part of the Gayle Forman Read Along event!

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Each WEDNESDAY, we will be posting the answers from the previous week and I’ll be giving you my answers as well as the questions for the next week’s batch of chapters! Here’s a look at our official schedule for the event:

October 18th: Questions week 1 (Ch 1-12)  
October 23rd: Answers week 1 (Ch 1 – 12), week 2 questions (Ch 13 – 21)
October 30th: Answers week 2 (Ch 13 – 21), week 3 questions (Ch 21 – 32)
November 6th: Answers week 3 (Ch 21 – 32), week 4 questions (Ch 33 – end)
November 13th: Answers week 4 (Ch 33 – end), wrap-up & giveaway winner announced!

Before I get to to this week’s answers, I just want to say thank you to everyone who read with us, From SISTERS IN SANITY to JUST ONE YEAR. I had a blast on the Gayle Forman read along and I know it was long but thanks for sticking with me! Re-reading Gayle’s books was something I really needed to do and I was so happy to read them with others who wanted to experience them again and people reading them for the first time! Another BIG thank you to the ladies who co-hosted with me on this event — You guys were truly fantastic!

ANSWERS: WEEK 4

  1. How do you feel about the travel aspect and sense of worldliness in Willem’s life versus Allyson’s own travels and personal adventures? How do you think travel affects their lives differently? What does travel mean to you?
    Oh wow, hmmmm. I think for Willem, travel had become a norm in his life, but he seemed to be using it as an escape away from his problems. For Allyson, I think it was adventure. Trying something new. Reinventing herself and really figuring out who she was outside of her normal life and her normal setting. When we first met Willem, travel was his escape but then it sort of meshed with Allyson’s path and it took on a new meaning for him in his quest to find her again. As for me? Travel is definitely adventure. It’s experiencing something new, finding a new place, learning new things. Travel is enjoying nature’s beauty in places and ways that I haven’t been able to experience it before. Meeting new people and growing closer to my travel companions (now usually Shane).
  2. Another big symbol in the book was Allyson’s watch. We know it meant something specific for Allyson. What do you think it meant for Willem?
    For Allyson, the watch was sort of her connection to her old self. She was always concerned with time and when she left her watch with Willem, he was her time keeper. She lost it and was able to let loose. I think for Willem, it was sort of the same thing. He was wandering for so long that when he met Allyson, he started to become grounded again. It’s also his one connection to Allyson and a constant in his life. It’s sort of like his burning torch.
  3. Both Willem and Allyson grew because of what they found in each other. Is there a person in your life who has helped you grow? Who helped you bring out the person you wanted to be?
    My fiancé Shane has definitely changed who I am by bringing out the better qualities in me. Before I met him, I was still fairly immature and not really making smart decisions with my life (not bad, but not great) and I just feel so much more grounded and responsible and secure with myself. He definitely helped me change for the better and ever since that point, I have been so much happier.
  4. Who caught the Adam Wilde reference!?
    YES! I love that Gayle does that. There was a Clod reference (the band from Sisters in Sanity) in If I Stay that was so awesome to find and I love the Adam Wilde reference in Just One Year. Pretty sneaky!
  5. How did you feel about the ending? There have been quite a few reactions! What did you think?
    Welp. It was surprising. I was kind of disappointed because I was SO hoping for a little bit more of a reunion between Willem and Allyson. I had such a connection with Allyson in Just One Day that I just wanted to see more of her and her reaction to Willem (where we left her in Just One Day). I think I’ve made my peace with it now, but I was actually kind of outraged at first and didn’t know what to think.

GIVEAWAY WINNER!

A HUGE thank you to Michelle from Unraveling Books for tweeting throughout the Just One Year read along! I know she had troubles with it at times but she was a total rock star with tweeting quotes and feelings as well as following along with the read along questions each week. Congrats on being the winner of the giveaway! You totally earned it, girl! Let me know if you want some official Gayle Forman merch from this shop or if you’d like one of her books! 😀

Just One Year/Gayle Forman Read Along: Week 3 Answers, Week 4 Questions

Welcome to the read along for JUST ONE YEAR, part of the Gayle Forman Read Along event!

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Each WEDNESDAY, we will be posting the answers from the previous week and I’ll be giving you my answers as well as the questions for the next week’s batch of chapters! Here’s a look at our official schedule for the event:

October 18th: Questions week 1 (Ch 1-12)  
October 23rd: Answers week 1 (Ch 1 – 12), week 2 questions (Ch 13 – 21)
October 30th: Answers week 2 (Ch 13 – 21), week 3 questions (Ch 21 – 32)
November 6th: Answers week 3 (Ch 21 – 32), week 4 questions (Ch 33 – end) Now!
November 13th: Answers week 4 (Ch 33 – end), wrap-up & giveaway winner announced!

As you may have noticed, there will be a little giveaway for one of the JUST ONE YEAR read along participants! I’ve detailed the guidelines for the giveaway allllll the way down at the bottom!

ANSWERS: WEEK 3

  1. How did you feel about Willem’s time in India? Besides his mother, what do you think he found from his time there?
    I feel like he got a lot of “Willem” time. Yes, he’s been travelling this whole time but I feel like it wasn’t until India that he finally started really taking time to figure out who he is and what he wants to do with his life now that’s it’s changed so drastically. I also feel like actually being with his mother and yet again coming up with conflicts between the two of them really forced them to work on their relationship. It was an immediate concern and one that Willem couldn’t run from anymore. On a different side of the same note, Willem finally got to see a good side to his mother. It’s so easy to see the hard times and the bad situations, but Willem go to see his mother at work and understand more now that he’s an adult himself how hard things can be. He was able to step outside of himself to see things from her perspective which is something he wasn’t able to do before.
  2. Prateek told Willem, “To dream is the ultimate dare.” What do you think he means by that?
    Prateek has pretty big dreams in store for himself and dreaming is the first step to making those big things in your life happen. If you never dream it, you cannot do it. Simple as that. I also think that in Willem’s case, he’s been holding himself back too much. He has dreams at times but won’t allow himself to follow through with them. Instead, he’s been running away from a lot of his problems or even the good things but ones that scare him. Prateek sort of prods him and pushes him to really take risks and put himself out there.
  3. Do you have hopes for Willem and his mother? Do you think they’ve mended their relationship?
    I think they still have a long way to go in mending what has been damaged throughout Willem’s life, but they’re definitely on the right track. They’ve taken a really big first step into regrowing their relationship and I really loved seeing the two of them finally make a connection instead of missing them all the time!
  4. We finally find out how Bram died. How do you think that affected Willem’s theory of fate and accidents?
    Well it certainly wasn’t a happy accident, but an unfortunate turn in chance nonetheless. I think Willem put a lot of faith in Fate and in chance and the odds of Bram’s death actually occurring were so miniscule and yet it happened. Growing up with one notion and then his father’s death totally fracturing that idea… I think it’s really shook up Willem and he wasn’t sure if his life philosophy was a good one anymore.
  5. Why do you think that just one day with Allyson awoke so many feelings in Willem?
    I’m not actually sure why she was the catalyst… I think as different as I thought the two of them were in Just One Day, I really see similarities in Just One Year once we get to know Willem. Willem helped Allyson be more bold, take more chances, and really grow as a person. I almost feel like he saw what he brought out in Allyson but was still stuck himself. Along with a romance, he really made a connection with her and saw a happy accident in the crossing of their paths. I actually don’t know if he knew it or not — maybe subconsciously, maybe I’m making it up — but I feel like his character needed to find her again to make things right. Things were not finished, they did not have an ending or a goodbye and the open ending really affected Allyson. It damaged her entire view of the trip, of Willem, and even back on herself. I like to think that Willem needed to make things right with Allyson again not only for his sake, but for hers.

QUESTIONS: WEEK 4

  1. How do you feel about the travel aspect and sense of worldliness in Willem’s life versus Allyson’s own travels and personal adventures? How do you think travel affects their lives differently?
    What does travel mean to you?
  2. Another big symbol in the book was Allyson’s watch. We know it meant something specific for Allyson. What do you think it meant for Willem?
  3. Both Willem and Allyson grew because of what they found in each other. Is there a person in your life who has helped you grow? Who helped you bring out the person you wanted to be?
  4. Who caught the Adam Wilde reference!?
  5. How did you feel about the ending? There have been quite a few reactions! What did you think?

Join in the read along on Twitter & Instagram by using the hashtag #JustOneYearRA and you could win! Choose a Gayle Forman t-shirt or tote bag from this shop (US only) or your choice of any Gayle Forman book (US + International)!  Don’t delay! Start reading & tweeting today to gain entries into the giveaway!

A Song of Ice and Fire Read Along: A Dance With Dragons Reading Schedule

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PHEW. We’ve made it to book FIVE in A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE! How is everyone holding up?? Enjoying the series?! No offense, but book four was a biiiiit slower than I would have preferred, mostly because I was missing our favorite main characters! Join me for book five, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and let’s jump back into the reading with a bang!

Here we go! Here’s the chapter breakdown:

March – April: A GAME OF THRONES hosted by Alexa Loves Books
May – June: A CLASH OF KINGS hosted by Books with Cass
July – August: A STORM OF SWORDS hosted by Books Take You Places
September – October: A FEAST FOR CROWS hosted by Gone Pecan
November – December: A DANCE WITH DRAGONS hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide — NOW! 

November 3rd – November 9th: Chapters 1 – 9
Prologue (ch 1) || Tyrion I (ch 2) || Daenerys I (ch 3) || Jon I (ch 4) || Bran I (ch 5) || Tyron II (ch 6) || The Merchant’s Man (ch 7) || Jon II (ch 8) || Tyrion III (ch 9) ||Ends with “…bowing once again.”

November 10th – November 16th: Chapters 10 – 18
Davos I (ch 10) || Jon III (ch 11) || Daenerys II (ch 12) || Reek I (ch 13) || Bran II (ch 14) || Tyrion IV (ch 15) || Davos II (ch 16) || Daenerys III (ch 17) || Jon IV (ch 18) || Ends with “…never comes to that.”

November 17th – November 23rd: Chapters 19 – 27
Tyrion V (ch 19) || Davos III (ch 20) || Reek II (ch 21) || Jon V (ch 22) || Tyrion VI (ch 23) || Daenerys IV (ch 24) || The Lost Lord (ch 25) || The Windblown (ch 26) || The Wayward Bride (ch 27) || Ends with “…from his antlers.”

November 24th – November 30th: Chapters 28 – 36
Tyrion VII (ch 28) || Jon VI (ch 29) || Davos IV (ch 30) || Daenerys V (ch 31) || Melisandre I (ch 32) || Reek III (ch 33)  || Tyrion VIII (ch 34) || Bran III (ch 35) || Jon VI (ch 36) || Ends with “…to conquer those.”

We’re halfway done!!!

December 1st – December 7th: Chapters 37 – 45
Daenerys VI (ch 37) || The Prince of… (ch 38) || The Watcher (ch 39) || Jon VIII (ch 40) || Tyrion IX (ch 41) || The Turncloak (ch 42) || The King’s Prize (ch 43) || Daenerys VII (ch 44) || Jon IX (ch 45) || Ends with “… Protect me.”

December 8th – December 14th: Chapters 46 – 54
The Blind Girl (ch 46) || A Ghost in Winterfell (ch 47) || Tyrion X (ch 48) || Jamie I (ch 49) || Jon X (ch 50) || Daenerys VIII (ch 51) || Theon I (ch 52) || Daenerys IX (ch 53) || Jon XI (ch 54) || Ends with “… The wind was rising.”

December 15th – December 21st: Chapters 55 – 63
Cersei I (ch 55) || The Queensguard (ch 56) || The Iron Suitor (ch 57) || Tyrion XI (ch 58) || Jon XII (ch 59) || The Discarded Knight (ch 60) || The Spurned Suitor (ch 61) || The Griffin Reborn (ch 62) || The Sacrifice (ch 63) || Ends with “…to know your name.”

December 22nd – 28th: Chapters 64 – 70
Victarion I (ch 64) || The Ugly Little Girl (ch 65) || Cersei II (ch 66) || Tyrion XII (ch 67) || The Kingbreaker (ch 68) || The Dragontamer (ch 69) || Jon XII (ch 70) || Ends with “… Only the cold…”

December 29th – 31st: Chapters 71 – 73
The Queen’s Hand (ch 71)  || Daenerys X (ch 72) || Epilogue (ch 73)

WHEW! Lots of interesting chapters names and I am REALLY looking forward to this book!! Happy reading, good luck, and I also hope you’ll join us to chat online using the hashtag #SOIFRA! It’s low pressure, no scheduled time — just adding your thoughts as you read (no spoilers please) and we can all chat about the book via the hashtag!

You can also grab the button if you’re just starting the read along with book five — it’s never too late!

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Just One Year/Gayle Forman Read Along: Week 2 Answers, Week 3 Questions

Welcome to the read along for JUST ONE YEAR, part of the Gayle Forman Read Along event!

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Each WEDNESDAY, we will be posting the answers from the previous week and I’ll be giving you my answers as well as the questions for the next week’s batch of chapters! Here’s a look at our official schedule for the event:

October 18th: Questions week 1 (Ch 1-12)  
October 23rd: Answers week 1 (Ch 1 – 12), week 2 questions (Ch 13 – 21)
October 30th: Answers week 2 (Ch 13 – 21), week 3 questions (Ch 21 – 32) Now!
November 6th: Answers week 3 (Ch 21 – 32), week 4 questions (Ch 33 – end)
November 13th: Answers week 4 (Ch 33 – end), wrap-up & giveaway winner announced!

As you may have noticed, there will be a little giveaway for one of the JUST ONE YEAR read along participants! I’ve detailed the guidelines for the giveaway allllll the way down at the bottom!

ANSWERS: WEEK 2

  1. First off, how much did Willem’s time in Mexico KILL YOU? Have you ever had close run-in situations or actual run-in situations with someone you knew far away from home?
    Oh my GOSH, I was dying. I mean, obviously we know how that situation ends up since we already know Allyson’s time in Mexico, but GAH.
    I actually haven’t had many encounters like that… But one time we DID see a family from my parents’ church when we were in Washington DC! (And in case you don’t know, we live in IL, so that’s a loooong ways away!) I don’t know why, but I’m always looking for people I know, no matter where I go because I secretly LOVE that weird coincidence.
  2. Kate told Willem, “Nothing happens without intention” and she also said, “This theory of yours — life is ruled by accident — isn’t that just one huge excuse for passivity?” Do you think she’s on to something there?
    Wow, that is such a hard thing to answer. I do kind of believe in fate BUT I also think you can only let destiny control your life so much before YOU start making decisions. Life will not do everything for you. You need to make your own choices and maybe fate can control the outcomes of two possible paths. What I really liked was that she opened up Willem’s eyes to that situation. I feel like he really was leaving too much up to chance and he needed to sort of be awakened to that. Then again, he was already in Mexico…….. To be debated!
  3. Marjolein said that Willem is like his mother after packing up his bags. He says that he’s not. Which do you think is more accurate knowing what we now know about his mom?
    I think he’s a lot like his mother but he just doesn’t realize it or doesn’t want to admit it. I think they both have tendencies to run from hard emotional experiences and we already know that Willem is avoiding those feelings at all costs. I really liked seeing the dynamic between Willem and his mother. As much as they’re different, they really are the same in a lot of ways.
  4. What do you think of Willem’s relationship with his mother? He feels like they’re not speaking the same language. Do you think that either one of them specifically are at fault?
    I think his mother is partially to blame, yes, but I also think that Willem doesn’t quite know what to do either. His father was always the more open one, the more emotional one, so when he needs to lean on his mother emotionally, she’s just not there — both physically and mentally. It’s really hard to say who’s at fault there. I think it takes two!
  5. We learned a lot about Willem’s history in this section of chapters and we see how rapidly Willem’s life has changed in just the past few years. Even though he’s pretty much an adult at this point, why do you think the absence of his parents hit him so hard?
    Wow. Ummm. Well, honestly, I think no matter what age you are, it has to kill you to lose a parent. Then to figuratively lose another by her up and leaving…. I think Willem felt abandoned. He always loved his parents and they had a specific dynamic. He had a rhythm of life that got abruptly changed when his father died. His entire life changed and I don’t think he knew how to handle it, which can you blame him? That REALLY opened up a new window to Willem’s life and I was so glad to see that family history! There’s so much more beneath the surface there.  

QUESTIONS: WEEK 3

  1. How did you feel about Willem’s time in India? Besides his mother, what do you think he found from his time there?
  2. Prateek told Willem, “To dream is the ultimate dare.” What do you think he means by that? 
  3. Do you have hopes for Willem and his mother? Do you think they’ve mended their relationship? 
  4. We finally find out how Bram died. How do you think that affected Willem’s theory of fate and accidents? 
  5. Why do you think that just one day with Allyson awoke so many feelings in Willem? 

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers! Go forth and read JUST ONE YEAR! I can’t wait to see what you think of this week’s chapters!

Join in the read along on Twitter & Instagram by using the hashtag #JustOneYearRA and you could win! Choose a Gayle Forman t-shirt or tote bag from this shop (US only) or your choice of any Gayle Forman book (US + International)!  Don’t delay! Start reading & tweeting today to gain entries into the giveaway!

Just One Year/Gayle Forman Read Along: Week 1 Answers, Week 2 Questions

Welcome to the read along for JUST ONE YEAR, part of the Gayle Forman Read Along event!

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Each WEDNESDAY, we will be posting the answers from the previous week and I’ll be giving you my answers as well as the questions for the next week’s batch of chapters! Here’s a look at our official schedule for the event:

October 18th: Questions week 1 (Ch 1-12)  
October 23rd: Answers week 1 (Ch 1 – 12), week 2 questions (Ch 13 – 21) Now!
October 30th: Answers week 2 (Ch 13 – 21), week 3 questions (Ch 21 – 32)
November 6th: Answers week 3 (Ch 21 – 32), week 4 questions (Ch 33 – end)
November 13th: Answers week 4 (Ch 33 – end), wrap-up & giveaway winner announced!

As you may have noticed, there will be a little giveaway for one of the JUST ONE YEAR read along participants! I’ve detailed the guidelines for the giveaway allllll the way down at the bottom!

ANSWERS: WEEK 1

  1. We know from JUST ONE DAY how Allyson and Willem initially got permanently separated, but in JUST ONE YEAR, we get to see Willem’s story of this situation. Did this change how you initially felt in JUST ONE DAY? Did your opinions of Willem from JUST ONE DAY start changing by seeing his side of the story?
    My opinion actually immediately changed. I mean, obviously we knew in JUST ONE DAY that he didn’t intentionally leave Allyson behind, but just seeing the story start there in the hospital — you could already tell how much he cared and how important to him she was.
  2. A common theme in both JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR is double happiness. Besides the Chinese symbols, what sort of significance do you think it holds for our two main characters? Do you think there’s a deeper meaning?
    I totally think this is a deeper meaning, and I think I didn’t quite feel that way until JUST ONE YEAR. I feel like the double happiness means both Allyson and Willem finding love in each other. I believe it also means both of them finding happiness within themselves and outside of themselves as well. Double happiness holds so many meanings in this book! I feel like it’s an English teacher’s delight!
  3. Along with Willem’s POV, we also get to get to see a bit more into Celine’s character. Did you feel any different about her reactions towards Willem? Towards Allyson?
    My opinion of her TOTALLY changed… And I actually felt my opinion of Willem lessen a bit during their scenes together. Since before we only got to see them from Allyson’s POV — and she didn’t know what was going on since she couldn’t speak French — it was REALLY interesting and eye-opening to see how things went when we actually know what’s going on. I can totally understand her attitude after seeing Willem’s side.
  4. Willem’s life has been surrounded by and filled with “accidents”, even going back to the story of how his parents met. Do you think this affected his view on life? How he feels about meeting Allyson?
    Absolutely. I think the way his parents met REALLY affected his whole life — not just in love, but in everyday events. I feel like Willem leaves a lot to chance because he believes in those happy accidents and that everything will work out like it’s supposed to. I think he allows that to be an excuse for a lot of his behavior as well. I don’t really think he started to take matters into his own hands until he met Allyson.
  5. All of the chances and accidents we see in this series brings up the idea of chance versus action & intention. Do you think Fate exists?
    Hmmm, that’s hard to say. I do, in a way. I believe that things happen for a reason — we may not always understand it right away, but life works itself out. You can’t leave everything up to fate though! We’re still humans with free will and we choose what happens to ourselves. There’s definitely a difference between leaving things up to fate and just letting life happen to you and pass you by.

QUESTIONS: WEEK 2

  1. First off, how much did Willem’s time in Mexico KILL YOU? Have you ever had close run-in situations or actual run-in situations with someone you knew far away from home? 
  2. Kate told Willem, “Nothing happens without intention” and she also said, “This theory of yours — life is ruled by accident — isn’t that just one huge excuse for passivity?” Do you think she’s on to something there? 
  3. Marjolein said that Willem is like his mother after packing up his bags. He says that he’s not. Which do you think is more accurate knowing what we now know about his mom? 
  4. What do you think of Willem’s relationship with his mother? He feels like they’re not speaking the same language. Do you think that either one of them specifically are at fault? 
  5. We learned a lot about Willem’s history in this section of chapters and we see how rapidly Willem’s life has changed in just the past few years. Even though he’s pretty much an adult at this point, why do you think the absence of his parents hit him so hard? 

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers! Go forth and read JUST ONE YEAR! I can’t wait to see what you think of this week’s chapters!

Join in the read along on Twitter & Instagram by using the hashtag #JustOneYearRA and you could win! Choose a Gayle Forman t-shirt or tote bag from this shop (US only) or your choice of any Gayle Forman book (US + International)!  Don’t delay! Start reading & tweeting today to gain entries into the giveaway!

Just One Year/Gayle Forman Read Along: Week 1 Questions

Welcome to the read along for JUST ONE YEAR, part of the Gayle Forman Read Along event!

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Before we start the questions, I just want to give another HUGE thanks to all of my lovely co-hosts for this event: Judith @ Paper Riot, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, and Jenna @ Jenna Does Books. This was a big event and I couldn’t have done with without their help!

I also want to give a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s participated so far in the Gayle Forman read along and went through the highs and lows of Brit, Mia, Adam, and Allyson. Now we’re closing the read along with Willem’s story in JUST ONE YEAR and I’m so excited to get started!

With the exception of today, each WEDNESDAY, we will be posting the answers from the previous week and I’ll be giving you my answers as well as the questions for the next week’s batch of chapters! Here’s a look at our official schedule for the event:

October 18th: Questions week 1 (Ch 1-12)  Now!
October 23rd: Answers week 1 (Ch 1 – 12), week 2 questions (Ch 13 – 21)
October 30th: Answers week 2 (Ch 13 – 21), week 3 questions (Ch 21 – 32)
November 6th: Answers week 3 (Ch 21 – 32), week 4 questions (Ch 33 – end)
November 13th: Answers week 4 (Ch 33 – end), wrap-up & giveaway winner announced!

As you may have noticed, there will be a little giveaway for one of the JUST ONE YEAR read along participants! I’ve detailed the guidelines for the giveaway allllll the way down at the bottom!

QUESTIONS: WEEK 1

  1. We know from JUST ONE DAY how Allyson and Willem initially got permanently separated, but in JUST ONE YEAR, we get to see Willem’s story of this situation. Did this change how you initially felt in JUST ONE DAY? Did you opinions of Willem from JUST ONE DAY start changing by seeing his side of the story?
  2. A common theme in both JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR is double happiness. Besides the Chinese symbols, what sort of significance do you think it holds for our two main characters? Do you think there’s a deeper meaning?
  3. Along with Willem’s POV, we also get to get to see a bit more into Celine’s character. Did you feel any different about her reactions towards Willem? Towards Allyson?
  4. Willem’s life has been surrounded by and filled with “accidents”, even going back to the story of how his parents met. Do you think this affected his view on life? How he feels about meeting Allyson?
  5. All of the chances and accidents we see in this series brings up the idea of chance versus action & intention. Do you think Fate exists?

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers! Go forth and read JUST ONE YEAR! I can’t wait to see what you think of this week’s chapters!

Join in the read along on Twitter & Instagram by using the hashtag #JustOneYearRA and you could win! Choose a Gayle Forman t-shirt or tote bag from this shop (US only) or your choice of any Gayle Forman book (US + International)!  Don’t delay! Start reading & tweeting today to gain entries into the giveaway!