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His Dark Materials Readalong Begins!

Hello, and welcome to the His Dark Materials Readalong!  This event is hosted by myself and Jessie from The Daily Bookmark.  Here’s a little info about the event:

What:  A readalong of the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman (The Golden CompassThe Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass).  Reviews, discussion posts, and a giveaway (see below)!
When:  September 1 – October 31.  Two whole months!  But you can read at your own pace.
Who:  The readalong is being hosted by myself and Jessie at The Daily Bookmark.  But anyone can join in!  
How:  You can simply read one or more of the books along with us, or you can join in on your blog and write reviews, discussion posts, etc.  There will also be a giveaway (see below) for anyone who writes at least one new review or one new discussion post!  The winner will receive a $15 gift card to Amazon or a book of their choice from The Book Depository, up to $15. You can feel free to spread the word, too!  If you tweet about it, please use #HDMreadalong.
Where:  The Daily Bookmark, The Overstuffed Bookcase, and your own blogs! 
Why:  To read a very popular and controversial series for the first time or for the fifteenth!  To join in on discussions with other book lovers as they read the same books! Or to finally mark a few books off your TBR list!

Well, now that you know all about it we hope you’ll join us!  Feel free to just read along, or write your own reviews and discussion posts at your own pace.  

This time is a little different than our last readalong, however, because this time we’ve got some scheduled discussion posts!  How it’ll work:  each week, on Friday, either Jessie or I will post discussion questions on our blog about a certain number of chapters from the books.  You can simply read them whenever you have read that far in the book, or you can comment on our posts, or you can answer our questions on your own blog and leave links in the comments!

Here’s our Discussion Post Schedule (all of the dates mentioned are on Fridays):

09/07: Chapters 1-9 (Part One) of The Golden Compass (The Overstuffed Bookcase)
09/14: Chapters 10-17 (Part Two) of The Golden Compass (The Daily Bookmark)
09/21: Chapters 18-23 (Part Three) of The Golden Compass (The Overstuffed Bookcase)
09/28: Chapters 1-7 of The Subtle Knife (The Daily Bookmark)
10/05: Chapters 8-15 of The Subtle Knife (The Overstuffed Bookcase)
10/12: Chapters 1-12 of The Amber Spyglass (The Daily Bookmark)
10/19: Chapters 13-26 of The Amber Spyglass (The Overstuffed Bookcase)
10/26: Chapters 27-38 of The Amber Spyglass (The Daily Bookmark)

Also, feel free to spread the word (use #HDMreadalong if you tweet!) and add the button below to your blog sidebar!

Also, if you’re following along, all of the posts for this readalong (those done by myself and Jessie AND the participants) will be linked to on this HDM Readalong Event Post List.  Leave me a comment on that post if I’ve missed one!  It will be updated periodically throughout the event.

Giveaway & Info

  • Prize:  $15 gift card to Amazon, OR a book of your choice (up to $15) from The Book Depository
  • You must be 13 years of age or older to enter
  • You have to participate in the event in one of the following ways to qualify for the giveaway (this will be the required entry for the giveaway):
    • Write a NEW review on your blog for one or more of the His Dark Materials books during the event dates OR
    • Write a NEW discussion post on your blog about one or more of the His Dark Materials books during the event dates (Don’t forget, on your own blog, you can simply answer the discussion questions we post.  For example, you can go to my first discussion post on Chapters 1-9 of The Golden Compass once it posts on Friday, 09/07, and then answer those discussion questions in a post on your own blog.  This will count as an entry!)
  • If you do more than one of the above, you can earn extra entries. You may also earn an extra entry by writing a post on your blog about the event, or pasting the button to your sidebar.  You can also earn extra entries by tweeting about the event (#HDMreadalong), following our blogs, or following us on Twitter.
  • Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.  (Note:  You must complete a review or discussion post as the initial required entry, and then you can earn more entries.)
  • We WILL be checking entries to make sure that you have done what is required, and we reserve the right to disqualify any entry at our discretion.  Please don’t cheat the system.
  • The winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, November 1, 2012, or soon after.
  • The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We’re really excited about this event, and we look forward to reading all our participants’ reviews/discussions!  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Go here for all things HDM Readalong!


  1. Jessie Marie

    September 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    You say that my posts are concise. Well I like yours because they're comprehensive! I feel like I can never cram all the information I want to into my posts – maybe it's because I want to be concise! ; )

    Hooray for the #HDMREADALONG. ; )

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      September 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      We need to find a happy medium! :D

      Yay, I'm so excited!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      September 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks so much! And you can definitely use that post as an extra entry for the giveaway! First you'll have to write a new review or discussion post, but then once you do that mandatory step, you can add this post in the "Spread the Word" option. :D

  2. Bittner

    September 2, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I'm very excited about your readalong and I will do my best to participate but it sounds a little complicated. I'll probably just try to read/listen to the first one.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      September 4, 2012 at 2:38 am

      However you want to participate is cool! The only requirements are for if you want to enter the giveaway. If so, then you have to write either a new review or new discussion post about one or more of the books. That will give you that first mandatory entry, and then that will open up other giveaway entries for things such as following our blogs, following us on Twitter, etc. But if you just want to read along and comment on our posts, that's totally cool too!

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