Emma Group Read!

Feb 19, 2014 by

With Emma Approved, this has the potential to be the Year of Emma. (Never mind that Emma’s 200th birthday is still two years away.) What better way to celebrate the novel than by hosting a group read?

If you haven’t participated in one of our group reads before, they’re fairly straightforward. In a minute, I’ll post the schedule. On the dates listed, come to the chatroom prepared to discuss the chapters for the week. The group read always ends with a group watch of a film adaptation of the book.

As per usual, we’ll meet in the chat room at 6:00 pm PST on Sunday evenings, starting March 2. Chats usually last about an hour, depending on how much we find to discuss about the hero, fruit baskets, and cookies.

3/2: 1-8
3/9: 9-15
3/16: 16-23
3/23: 24-31
3/30: 32-39
4/6: 40-47
4/13: 48-55
4/20: No Book Group–Easter Sunday
4/27: Group watch

I tried to break it down into even sized pieces, while keeping important plot breaks in mind as well. SparkNotes has a great breakdown, if you want to know more about the characters before we get started.

If you don’t own Emma, it is available as a free ebook from Kindle and Barnes and Noble. You can also get the audiobook free from Ambling Books, or if you have the Kindle version and wish the audiobook to Whispersync, you can get it from Audible.

During the group read, we’ll be featuring Indie Jane authors who’ve written Emma adaptations. There will also be some Emma related Friday Fun posts, and who knows what else we might come up with?


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  1. HUGE TY!
    You’ve done me PROUD =)
    [Off to download my copy]
    An.ti.ci.paaaa.tion …. !

  2. Can’t wait! This will be fun! We have some great guest posts and giveaways scheduled too.

  3. I’d love to join you too!

  4. Fabulous! I love that people are getting excited about this. Group reads are probably my favorite thing we do on Indie Jane.

  5. The group read was so enjoyable the last time. Thank you for doing another one. I really enjoyed hearing others’ thoughts as well as getting to know all the fabulous Indie Jane peeps.

    Can an Austen fan use “peeps?”

  6. Looking forward to this! Will be a great antidote to my most recent read – Catcher In The Rye. Ack! What a book.

  7. Ceri

    I love a group read, because no two people read a book exactly the same, so it’s always nice to get other people’s perspectives. I’m not sure I can join the chat room stuff due to the time difference. Would I be able to catch up with the chat afterwards?

  8. Liz Onstead

    Woohoo! I’ve specific refrained from reading this on my own because I like the group reads :)

  9. Stephanie Carrico

    Emma is one of my favorite Austen novels…So excited for the read-along…will try to keep up..

  10. Christina

    You can also pick up a free version at Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/158

    Youtube also has an audiobook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSwti0GY-w4

  11. Christina

    Is that 6pm CST, EST?

  12. I’m in! I just heard about this site and this group read, and I’m ALWAYS willing to read Emma again!

  13. Joana Starnes

    Sounds great! I’d love to join you, can’t wait :)

  14. kaewink

    Still need to check what that time would mean for me, as I´m on the other side of the pond, like Ceri. Would love to join, as it´s been a while since I read Emma last, and the previous group read was such fun!


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