Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Dark is Rising Read-a-Thon

#ReadTDiR
Yesterday was the kick-off day for the The Dark is Rising 40th Anniversary Readathon run by Danny Whittaker to celebrate Susan Cooper's award-winning children's fantasy series. Details are on the blog and the Twitter account. There are over 100 people signed up to participate so far and it's not too late to join!

I'll be starting by reading The Grey King today since I'm still working my way through the sequence for the first time. I read the first two books (Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark is Rising) in October 2012 for my 100 Chapter Books Project over at The Estella Society and I read the third book, Greenwitch, as an RIP read in October of this year. I can't wait to finish up the series now (this book and Silver on the Tree) to see where it all goes. It's a really smart and fun series with great protagonists and some seriously scary villains. If you're interested, now would be a good time to try it out!

Trusting in the Old Ones to prevail,
K

11 comments:

  1. I have The Dark is Rising on my tbr shelf. I would start reading it but I haven't read the other books yet! :-(

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    1. You should grab the first one from the library or something. It's really short!

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  2. For whatever reason I just could not get into this series... I read a couple of them and even had the boxed set, but they just didn't work for me.

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    1. I'm surprised to hear this just based on your tastes but you can never tell which books will work and which won't, right?

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  3. Have fun. I read them for the first time this year. I had mixed feelings about the series as a whole, but I LOVED The Grey King.

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    1. I've loved the first three books and I'm already loving The Grey King -- although it's making me regret getting talked out of learning Welsh in college!

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    2. I'm learning Welsh. I do think that's one of the reasons that I love the book so much. :)

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  4. Oh, so fun! I have this series on my audiobook wishlist at the library. Don't think I'll get to it by the end of the year but excited to read it as I know it is so popular!

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    1. I bet the series would be really fun on audiobook and then, at least with this particular book, someone else could pronounce all of the Welsh places and names!

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  5. I read this as a kid and have reread it several times since; it's always been one of my favourite series. When I went to England several years ago, I made a point of going to Wales and hiking to Cader Idris and Llyn Cau. I'll post pics on my blog!

    For people who've tried one book and aren't sure if they like it, you might want to try another one: some people prefer the Simon, Jane, Barney books, while others prefer the Will ones. They do have a different feel to them.

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    1. Oh, I want to do this hike now! And yes, there are definitely different feels to the different books. I actually really liked Greenwitch though which brought the two together. Honestly though, I'm loving them all and the variety is refreshing.

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