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Read The Handmaid’s Tale With Me!

One of my favorite books in high school was The Handmaid’s Tale, so I chose that as the book I wanted to lead the discussion on over at Classic Reads Book Club.

Here’s how it works: I’ve set up a schedule to read The Handmaid’s Tale over six weeks. Each week, we all read the same sections, and then we go to the Classic Reads Book Club site and discuss it. It should be a lot of fun; kind of like a book club, only in slow motion. This is the schedule:

August 23 – Sections I – IV
August 30 – Sections V – VIII
September 6 – Sections IX – X
September 13 – Sections XI – XII
September 20 – Sections XIII – XV
September 27 – Wrap up

See! Easy! You cahn doo eet!

Please?

I definitely have been known to talk to myself (and the older I get the more I do it! Someone make me stop!), but I’m hoping I’m not talking to myself in late August/September.

If you’re still on the fence, here’s a few words/phrases that might spark your interest:

  • Dystopian
  • Only a few women have menstrual cycles
  • Straddling another woman while she gives birth so it’s as if YOU gave birth to that baby (which now belongs to you)
  • Margaret Atwood
  • This is crazy shit.

Who’s coming with me?

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65 Responses to “Read The Handmaid’s Tale With Me!”

  1. Alyce

    I haven’t participated in an online readalong yet, but this sounds like one I could really get into. I already own the book, and I promised myself I would find time to read it this year.

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    trish Reply:

    I hope you participate in this one, Alyce. I remember being blown away by this book. I think a readalong should help make it easier to understand.

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  2. Alison

    I would love to read along. This book has been on my to-read list for AGES!

    Sadly, though, the read along starts right when the semester begins, so my reading time will be drastically cut and down right sporadic.

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    trish Reply:

    Dang! Well, it’s only about 75 pages a week, but I know what it’s like to not have any reading time!

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  3. Sheila DeChantal

    I would like to do this too. Would you believe I have yet to read Atwood? Shameful I know. This one waits for me on the shelf…. now I have motivation to take it down.

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    trish Reply:

    Sweet! You already have the book! Would love it if you participated, Sheila!

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  4. Nina

    I read it a few years ago, but would love to read it again and hear what others have to say – I’m definitely in!

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    trish Reply:

    YAY!!! I’m so excited!

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  5. zibilee

    I love this idea, and loved this book when I read it. I may be up for a reread and will have to consider joining you guys!

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    trish Reply:

    I’d love to have you on this readalong! You have some great insights into books. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you’re able to do it. 🙂

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  6. Vasilly

    The Handmaid’s Tale has been on my tbr list for years. It’s time I read it so count me in!

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    trish Reply:

    Woohoo!!!

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  7. Daenel

    I love this book, it’d be fun to read with a group. I’m in!

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    trish Reply:

    YAY!! I’m glad some people who’ve already read it are interested in reading it again. I think that’ll add a great insight to the book.

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  8. Jen - Devourer of Books

    “This is crazy shit”

    You’re getting me all excited for this reread!

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    trish Reply:

    Heh. I was hoping that would snag someone! Glad it was you. 🙂

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  9. Helen Ellis

    I made it all the way through an MA in English Literature and never read this book. I’m going to give it a go!
    Helen Ellis

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    trish Reply:

    Wow! Did you read any other Atwood? I took a stab (three or four stabs) at The Blind Assassin but couldn’t get into it.

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  10. Jeanne

    I’ve read and re-read and keep assigning this book to classes because I think it’s an important book, so I’ll participate. One thing about starting it for the first time is that you’re a bit disconcerted because events keep coming at you out of order–be patient, and you’ll see why.

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    trish Reply:

    DUDE!! You’ll be our expert! Yay!!!

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  11. Jennifer

    Count me in Trish! I cannot have enough books to read. And this is an exceptional book. I am hoping it is on my shelf, as it is beastly hot and humid out.

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    trish Reply:

    I don’t know how you do it, Jennifer. But I’m glad you’ll participate because I love your take on various books.

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  12. Lenore

    Ooh – just in time for my dystopian August!

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    trish Reply:

    Perfect! This seriously has some crazy shit…can’t wait to see what your reaction is. 🙂

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  13. Monica (aka monnibo)

    I keep meaning to read this book. I’ll see how my summer reading goes. Have a good readalong!!

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    trish Reply:

    Yeah, keep this in the back of your mind. I know how life goes, but would love to have you participate if you can!

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  14. Amanda W

    I think I will join you! Margaret Atwood is my favorite author, but I haven’t read this one yet. It will be my first time doing a read a thon. Looking forward to it!

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    trish Reply:

    Yay! I’ll be interested to see how you think this compares to her other works.

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  15. Audra

    Oooh, tempting! I made my wife read it a few years ago — when Bush was president — and after finishing she sort of shrugged and said it was okay, but the thinly veiled critique of Bush’s presidency was a bit much. When we pointed out the publication date, she nearly jumped out of her skin.

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  16. Sara N

    Do you have a list of books that you constantly refer to in conversation and try to get your friends and family to read? This book is on the list for me. I read it in high school and refer to it often- it stuck with me. I would agree, ‘this is some crazy shit,’ and I would love to read it again. You’ve got me; I’m in.

    P.S., I went to pick up a book at Borders today and they had, like, five large ‘Mockingjay’ posters up and I had a squeal like a little girl moment. Getting excited for the finale of The Hunger Game Series? I wish they had some kind of midnight release party like with the HP books and the Twilights… I would be there (and dress up).

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  17. Jenny F

    Fabulous idea. I’ve had the book on my shelf for years, intending to read it but always being sidetracked by new releases.

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  18. Donna

    Even though Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors (she is such a fantastic writer), I’ve never read this book. I thought the premise was so scary! But if other people are reading it too, I’d be interested in giving it a try.

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  19. HODGEPODGESPV

    I would but I have already read it. You guys will love it! I did

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  20. Carina

    Definitely count me in! I read this a few years back for a course in university, but I’d love to re-read it. 🙂

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  21. jennygirl

    You got me with, “This is crazy shit”
    That just speaks to me.
    Not sure if I can also fit this one in, but I’ll certainly try.

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  22. Michele@A Reader's Respite

    Okay, okay, okay….I’m in!!!! I happen to have my unread copy sitting right here on my shelf calling out to me!

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  23. Bride of the Book God

    I do love me some Atwood, but its years since I’ve read this one so count me in. Was planning lots of re-reading over the summer anyway so this fits nicely!

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  24. Malvina

    Yes, I’ll join. I just ordered the book. I’ve tried and failed to read that book several times, so reading it with others will work for me.

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  25. Beth F

    I’m looking forward to see what you all think. It’s been years since I read this one.I wonder how much I remember.

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  26. Jenn's Bookshelves

    I read The Handmaid’s Tale last year and wow…I can’t get over how much it affected me. It’s a fantastic book with a lot discussion-worthy topics!

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  27. Natalie @ Cofee and a Book Chick

    Sign me up! I’d love to join this reading and discussion!

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  28. Keetha

    I’ve never read this and, er, that does sound like some crazy shit! I may have to catch on the next readalong.

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  29. Emily

    Oh, my gosh, your post was so fantastic, and your millions of responses to all these comments just warms my heart so much, that how can I NOT participate? You are too, too wonderful 🙂

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  30. Darlene

    I read this last year and it’s a fantastic book. I’d love a reread so count me in.

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  31. Bree

    Oooh this has been on my “Want to read” list for a while! We have 6 Atwood books, none of them this one though…. I shall hunt down a copy and join in!

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  32. Shara

    Sounds fun–I’m in!

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  33. Lisa

    This one’s on my list to read this year and getting to discuss it sounds like fun. I’m in!

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  34. Amy So

    Hi. Just wondering if it’s weird that I, being a complete stranger, jump in on this? I stumbled across your blog from…where, somewhere else, I’m not exactly sure how. But I LOVE this book and would like to read it again with others. Then again, if you all know each other and I’m just a random person wandering by, I’d understand rejection, too! 😉

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  35. DesertProse

    I read this book when I was a teenager and it freaked me right out. It was so good I skipped school one day to finish, and if you knew me you’d realize what a testament to this book that is. But I am so going to read it again now that you have reminded me of it. I currently have like 200 books in my Stanza app on my iPad, but this one can just jump right to the top of the queue. I’m in (assuming I was invited and I’m not gate-crashing here).

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  37. Jo-Jo

    I haven’t read anything by Atwood yet either, and since this doesn’t start til the end of August I may need to join in!

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  38. Melissa

    I’ve read other books by Atwood before, but this is the one that I’ve always wanted to pick up and never have. It’s been taunting me from my TBR shelf for too long. I can’t wait to tackle it now!

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  39. Amy

    Sounds great. I’m in.

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  40. Kylie

    I’m about 10 pages off finishing this, and am desperate to talk about it, so will sign up for this!

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  41. Frankie

    I saw the movie years ago. But the books are always better, right? I’m in. I’m not computer savy (still haven’t figured out what went wrong with last challenge – L. Lippman- read 2 books. I think that makes me a dabbler)

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  42. heidenkind

    Already tried and failed on this one. Sorry. =/

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  43. Lydia (The Lost Entwife)

    I’m signing up! I just finished The Robber Bride and LOVED it and am more than ready for another Margaret Atwood!

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  44. Michelle @ The True Book Addict

    I’ll be reading along too! I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I saw the movie all those years ago. I’m putting the schedule in my reading calendar. Thanks for picking this book. I had it chosen for several reading challenges so I’m killing a lot of birds with many stones! 🙂

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  45. Jennifer

    This is such a lovely idea. I loved this book when I read it too. And I am going to be reading a lot of Atwood in the near future. Unfortunately, I’ll have to pass on this particular adventure because I will be so busy during the month of August plus I will be reading The Handmaid’s Tale in a class I’m peer educating in September. But I will take an occasional peek at the discussion. I bet it will be super great!

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  46. Amy

    I read this years ago and have been meaning to read it again. This read a long sounds perfect! I can’t wait.

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  48. Karen Kenny ()

    I’ve tried to read this book twice and got stuck both times! I think the RAL is a great idea to help me because I really am interested in reading it! This is very exciting!

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  49. theliterarylollipop ()

    This sounds like a great idea. This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. I’ll have to search for it (somewhere in my closet). I may join you for the read-a-long!

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