Join a Read Along: Les Misérables (15 Sept – 1 Dec)

I have enjoyed my first read along so much that I am inspired to host mine own!  Anna Karenina was a book I envisioned I will never pick up, much less finished, but a read along was just the Push & the support I needed.  It was just so good to rant & rave with others who are at reading at around the same part as you!

Les Misérables is one I have wanted to read for soooo long.  In fact, I purchased a second hand book nearly 15 years ago and it has just been collecting dust.  I did try to read it once but did not past the first few pages.  That was a really dismal effort which greatly dismayed a good friend of mine (who, by the way, devoured it in one weekend!).  Seeing that another adaptation is on the way, I think it’s a really good timing to get this one dusted & read!  My good friend (above) has agreed to read it again along with me but I thought I’d put the call out there too and see if anyone else would like to come along for the ride.

Here’s my proposed schedule (noting that the book is divided into 5 volumes):

15 Sept – 28 Sept: Fantine

29 Sept – 12 Oct: Cosette

13 Oct – 26 Oct: Marius

27 Oct – 9 Nov: Saint Denis

10 Nov – 23 Nov: Jean Valjean

1 Dec:  Final Review

I know it looks like a long time (2.5 months) but we are practically reading a book every 2 weeks!  Remember, this is supposed to be fun, no pressure with lots of support to read this Chunkster of a book 😀  I do hope that you will join in, whether you have a blog or not.  If you wish, please click on Mister Linky below and add your link.  I look forward to sharing with you all!!

Btw, you don’t have to have a blog to participate…  you’re welcome to link your GR profile & I’ll look you up (or you can always look me up) and we can ‘rant & rave’ on GR 🙂

Grab a button here:

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Please do let me know if either linky / button doesn’t work, it’s my first time with both 🙂

Oh, and if you haven’t seen the trailer yet…

62 thoughts on “Join a Read Along: Les Misérables (15 Sept – 1 Dec)

  1. Angie

    Hm, I might join in. I’ve been wanting to read his one forever, but it’s sooooo big! This may be the only way I get through it.

    I’m super excited for the movie though!

    1. Tien Post author

      Do, Angie!! That was my reasoning too – the only way I’d read it all the way through is with a read-along support 😉

  2. melmarian

    Oh dear, I REALLY want to join and this time I want to read the unabridged version. I have read the abridged version, will it help making this easier? Honestly I’m still terrified with some really thick books like this one :-S

    1. Tien Post author

      Melmarian, you’re not the only one who’s daunted by the sheer size of this monster! That is probably why it’s been collecting dust on my shelf for the past 15 years! Do join us, even if you decide further on down the road that you don’t want to continue, you’d at least have given it a go 🙂

      1. Tien Post author

        oops, sorry!!

        Um, I think the “…” does not help the button, lol. I’ve fixed it (I think). Let me know if it’s okay now, please. Thanks heaps 🙂

    1. Tien Post author

      Thanks for trying to help me, melmarian.

      All I did was check out how someone else did their button and copy their code but replace the link / image with mine…

      If you wouldn’t mind emailing me the code so I can see where I’ve gone wrong? Please?

      Thanks heaps!! xox

  3. Dee

    looking forward to trying this – but not sure if I want to use the PG kindleized version or search another one out – thoughts?

    1. Tien Post author

      Hi, Dee! Lovely to see you here 🙂
      Am assuming by PG, you are referring to Project Gutenberg? This is translated by Hapgood but I’ve not been able to find definitive feedback online about this translation.
      My copy (not available on kindle) is Fahnestock / McAfee work which apparently is closest in translation with some modernised English but not the friendliest read.
      I’d say you should be ok with Hapgood.

      1. Dee

        yeah, it took much concentration to try Project Gutenberg before coffee…now that I have had my caffeine dose, much easier to type…lol

  4. Jaime

    Hi Tien,

    I’d like to join in. I think I linked my goodreads profile but not sure if it worked.


  5. Dee

    I just posted my linky for the read-along from my blog post and let someone else who is doing a classics challenge know, so maybe she’ll join in

    1. Tien Post author

      It’s my pleasure, mademelani.

      I do have to confess, it’s purely selfish reason, I need help getting through the book, lol

  6. Christine

    So, are you reading the Signet classic, which appears to be OOP, but possibly available used? The Barnes & Noble classic is abridged at 896 pages, and looks like it is based on an earlier translation by Wilbur, and the Penguin classic (which is in print and available on kindle, although not for free) is almost unabridged (it looks like it’s lost about 200 pages) and is the Denney translation. I’m still trying to decide if I want to read it in print (leaning that way). I’ve rejected the B&N version, as too abridged & am leaning toward the Penguin version.

    1. Dee

      the hardcover Signet is OOP, but there is a MMPB version (all 1400 pages of it) – but I think i’m going to go with the Denny version because its a trade size PB

      1. Tien Post author

        I will be reading the Signed Classic – unabridged, Fahnestock & MacAfee translation. I got it used in the late 90s and this ed was published in 1987 and contained a whooping, wait for it… 1,463 pages (!)

      2. Dee

        i opted for the 1100 page denny version, so it will be interesting to see the comparison in translation

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    1. Tien Post author

      Welcome, Liesel. It makes such a difference with a chunky book when you have schedule, support, and deadline (movie release), doesn’t it? 🙂

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  12. Nelle

    I definitely plan on participating…I saw my copy on the shelves the other day was I was reorganizing and was sad because I never got around to reading it. I can’t wait to start it. ^_^

  13. vannya

    I have the ebook version from, I hope it is the unabridge version. Can’t wait to start reading it. Thank you for hosting 🙂

    1. Tien Post author

      Great to have you join us, vannya… Am hosting it puresly of basis of selfishness (ie. so I have company ha ha ha)

    1. Tien Post author

      I think I can very easily be carried away reading it very quickly too but I’m trying to pace it (plus I have other readings to do too LOL)

      oh, I didn’t put a linky here but I will for our first post on Fantine 😀

  14. Lyn

    So far my favorite quote is on the first page. “‎”Whether true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and particularly on their destinies, as what they do.”

    1. Tien Post author

      What a Great Quote, Lyn!

      I suppose he’s basically summarised the book for us? LOL – it’s like writing an essay where your main point will be at the top…

  15. Melody (Fingers & Prose)

    I was so excited about this read-along because I’ve been wanting to read Les Mis forever, but I’ve been so busy lately that I’m even having a hard time getting any reading time in at all. I’m afraid that I’m going to have to drop out before I’ve even begun. 😦 I hope you all have a lovely reading experience!

    1. Tien Post author

      Aw, Melody. Sad that you can’t join us, of course, but totally understand how life just gets in the way of reading 😉 I hope you’d read it one day – so far, it’s been really good!

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  17. Daystarz Books

    I missed your read-a-long of Les Mis but I did one in Dec last at another blog. It was definitely a chunkster but oh so worth reading!. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future read-a-longs with you. Cheers!

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