so, like pretty much everyone else, i watched game of thrones. also like a lot of people, i want to read the books but haven’t because of how MASSIVE they are. (seriously, those books are really fucking intimidating.) i even attempted once, maybe two years ago, and got 500 pages into the first one before giving up.
enter, the #IronThroneReadalong!
this is definitely the most ambitious readalong i have ever signed up for. it is 34 weeks long – THIRTY FOUR – and the aim is to read all five currently published main books in the a song of ice and fire series. it’s hosted by aly from of wonderland and austine from novelknight. i’m a little late, because i kept going back and forth on whether i should join or not, and the official start date was yesterday, june 2nd.
if i can keep up the pace and don’t drop out of this i will have, along with all other participants, finished the series by january 2020 (which honestly sounds like a fake year). i’m not always great at sticking to things, especially ones spanning over such a long time, but i’ve wanted to read these books for years now and i’m really excited about doing it alongside a bunch of other people. hopefully it’ll help motivate me and hold me accountable.
i’m also hopeful because the pace feels doable for me. i don’t read extremely fast, and don’t have a whole lot of time to spend on books in the weeks, but this is a marathon, not a sprint, and that is reflected in the set pace imo. i’m going to be rereading those 500 first pages, since i barely remember anything of what happened, so these first few days i’m going to be playing a bit of catch up and then hopefully it’ll be semi-smooth sailing from there. i have my paperbacks, which i’m going to use most of the time because i want to annotate them as i go (both for the general aesthetic and to help me remember things and people lmao), but i also have access to the audiobooks to help me out if needed.
of course i’ll be reading other books during this time as well. i usually don’t read several books at the same time, but no matter how much i want to read asoiaf there is no way i can read only that for the remainder of the year lol.
are any of you joining this readalong? if you are, please let me know! if you aren’t joining, have you read the books before?
wish me luck!