Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Wanna Play?

I have a crazy, geeky, English Teacher idea, and I'm hoping at least some of you will play along with me.

I'm going to be teaching Frankenstein to my AP kids starting, well, tomorrow (if I continue - knock wood - to feel better, that is. I'm cautiously optimistic that I'm on the upswing here). Do any of you care to read along with us?

I've never participated in a book club - much less mediated one - but I would LOVE to find out what literate grown-ups think of the books I teach in high school classes. I know several people expressed, during the canon posts, that there are more than a few books they'd like to read but never "get around to it." Well, People, here's your chance!

You can pick up a nearly-free copy of Frankenstein pretty much anywhere. Make sure you get a genuine Shelley version, not some knock-off, though it doesn't really matter which edition you get (the book was published in 1818 and again in 1831). If you choose to play along, read up to chapter one by Monday (I'm going to give you a much easier schedule than the kids get, unless you'd prefer to keep pace).

Let me know if you're reading along with us, and be ready to talk about it!!


Blogger Kizz said...

I can at least promise to look for my copy of Frankenstein before Monday. And since I've read it before you just know I'm going to shoot my mouth off whether I'm keeping up with the reading or not.

March 30, 2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger vanx said...

I'm in. I am supposed to be doing a lot of research on the pharmaceutical industry. This will count, kinda.

Kizz--shoot your mouth off, but please, no pitchforks and torches~,:^)

March 30, 2006 3:20 PM  
Anonymous claudia said...

Would like to play,and may read the book at a later date. I've just begun a book that is around 1000 pages-plus,so I think it will be awhile before I start a new one. BUT,you may hear from me at a later date,about borrowing yours if it's not already upstairs in the library area. So many books-so little time!!!
By the way, what WAS that mystery item that you posted a while back?

March 30, 2006 3:27 PM  
Blogger Mrs.Chili said...


It turns out that you needn't go out and buy a copy of the book - it's in public domain and can be read online for free at:

Let me know when you've all finished up to the end of chapter two.

March 30, 2006 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in...thanks for the freebie link! Let us know the kids' reading schedule so I can make an effort to keep up.

March 31, 2006 2:15 PM  
Anonymous claudia said...

OK,I'm hooked. After you posted a web site that had the book,realizing that I frequently have 2 going at the same time and that since synchronicity plays a large part in my perspective on life,I started Shelley's book. I'm currently at chapter 15. Thank you for pointing this one out.It's a real good read (I guess that's why they call it a classic?!)

March 31, 2006 5:09 PM  

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