This March, we – me, Cass, Brittany, Alyssa and Kristina – are embarking on what is sure to be the most epic of journeys. That’s right kids - we’re tackling the mammoth series known as A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George R.R. Martin!
We all have wanted to read the series for a while, but we felt seriously intimidated by the sheer length and reputation of these novels. So, after a Twitter conversation and a slew of emails, we’ve set up the (very casual) A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE READ-ALONG.
This read-along is more for each of us to be able to (finally) read this series, and have each other for support while we do! Everyone who is interested is welcome to join us, as we will be having Twitter chats (#SOIFRA) every two weeks (or perhaps update you on Twitter as we read!). We’re also hoping to set up an email thread per book where we can discuss all the things that are happening (and so we prevent the tragedy of spoiling things for other people!).
Each book that’s out (five in total at the moment) will be read over a period of two months. Every two months, a different blogger will be “hosting” the read-along on their blog. You can check out the schedule below:
A GAME OF THRONES – here on Alexa Loves Books from March-April
A CLASH OF KINGS – Books with Cass from May-June
A STORM OF SWORDS – Books Take You Places from July-August
A FEAST FOR CROWS – Gone Pecan from September-October
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS – The Book Addict’s Guide from November-December
If you do feel like joining us, let me know in the comments! It’s going to (hopefully) get us going on this series, and then we’ll see what everyone’s been raving about and what we’ve been missing out on. There's also a button you can place on your sidebar below:
A GAME OF THRONES
As the first host, I’m including some information about A GAME OF THRONES and the reading schedule that we’re hoping to follow for the first book A GAME OF THRONES during the months of March-April below.
A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin (Goodreads)
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication Date: March 4, 2011 (Originally published January 1996)
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.
March 3-9: Prologue (“We should start back,”) to Chapter 8: Bran (“The hunt left at dawn.”)
March 10-16: Chapter 9: Tyrion (“Somewhere in the great stone…”) to Chapter 17: Bran (“It seemed as though he’d…”)
March 17-23: Chapter 18: Catelyn (“We will make King’s Landing…”) to Chapter 26: Jon (“Jon was showing Dareon”)
March 24-30: Chapter 27: Eddard (“It’s the Hand’s tourney…”) to Chapter 35: Eddard (“He found Littlefinger in the…”)
March 31-April 6: Chapter 36: Daenerys (“The Horse Gate of Vaes Dothrak…”) to Chapter 44: Sansa (“He wouldn’t send Ser Loras…”)
April 7-13: Chapter 45: Eddard (“Pain is a gift from the gods”) to Chapter 53: Bran (“The Karstarks came in on…”)
April 14-20: Chapter 54: Daenerys (“When he had taken his pleasure…”) to Chapter 62: Tyrion (“On a hill overlooking the kingsroad…”)
April 21-27: Chapter 63: Catelyn (“The woods were full of whispers.”) to Chapter 72: Daenerys (“The land was red and dead…”)
I do hope that you end up joining us in our quest to finally read the A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series this year! The series has gained quite the reputation, especially after the television series started airing on HBO. Hopefully, all our curiosity about it – and yours – will be sated after this read-along!