We’re growing! Monday, May 21 2007 

Just a quick note to say we’re up to 26 people participating in this summer Don Quixote group reading! I have been getting emails regularly from people who want to join us, which I think is wonderful.

So, to anyone else who might like to join, send me an email, and to those already joined up, please feel free to post any time on anything DQ-related. Posts don’t have to be substantive or serious if you don’t want them to be. Any thoughts are welcome!

My Don Quixote reading schedule Monday, Apr 23 2007 

My thought for the Tilting at Windmills blog was that people would choose their own reading schedules to finish the book whenever works best for them, but I also thought I’d share my own plans, and perhaps participants can post theirs in the comments or in a separate post.  Or not — we’re all about flexibility here.  But for me, setting a goal and making it public works pretty well.  It’s worked very well for my Proust reading — I’m still reading about 50 pages of Proust a week and I have been since last July.  I suppose I’m nothing if not methodical.

So I thought 50 pages a week of Don Quixote would work well too; with my edition (the Edith Grossman one) of about 950 pages of text and my plan to begin reading around May 1st, that would take me up into the first week in September.  For long novels that pace works well for me because it gives me plenty of time for other books so I don’t get to feeling bogged down, and it keeps me immersed enough in the book to stay interested and to feel I’m making steady progress.

So — feel free to post whenever you like and on whatever you like, as long as it’s at least loosely DQ-related, and let’s have fun!

Quixote Bling for your Blog Sunday, Apr 22 2007 

In the fine tradition of Carl V.‘s reading challenges, I have whipped up some blog buttons to promote Tilting at Windmills. The pictures are of the very windmills Don Quixote (fictionally) did battle with, which are located on a ridge above the plain of La Mancha near the village of Consuegra. More beautiful photos of these windmills can be seen at Trek Earth.

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Don Quixote links Sunday, Apr 15 2007 

Imani has kindly dug up a bunch of links on Don Quixote to help us along as we tackle the novel; check ’em out over there in the sidebar — there’s lots of cool stuff available.

Sometime before May 1st, I’ll email invitations to those who have let me know they’d like to join the group.  I’m looking forward to this group reading!

Welcome to the Don Quixote blog! Friday, Mar 23 2007 

This blog is for a group of people who will be reading Don Quixote this spring and summer — if you’d like to read along with us, let me know by emailing me at ofbooksandbikes at yahoo dot com.  Everyone is welcome!