Project Atwood

Project Read All Of Atwood

This project was started by Dog Ear Discs, and I was lucky enough to discover the project on Heather’s Between the Covers blog.   I love Margaret Atwood, so I decided to join, but alter it a little bit to my liking.
Basically, it’s read an Atwood book once a month until you have read all of them.  Instead of rereading some that I have read within the past few months, I am going to read one a month, either one that is new to me or one that I haven’t read in ages.

Here’s my schedule:

2012:

Previous but since I started blogging — Cat’s Eye (1988)

NOV — Lady Oracle (1976)

DEC — Dancing Girls (1977)

2013: 

JAN — The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) – read with Books Speak Volumes

MAR (skipped Feb by accident!) — Life Before Man (1979)  

APR — The Penelopiad (2005)

APR — The Tent (2006)

JUL — Moral Disorder (2006)

AUG — Alias Grace (1996)

SEP — The Labrador Fiasco (1996)

OCT — Bluebeard’s Egg (1983)

NOV — Murder in the Dark (1983)

DEC — Good Bones (1992)

2014:

JAN — The Year of the Flood (2009)

FEB — Bodily Harm (1981)

MAR — Wilderness Tips (1991)

What am I skipping?

  • The Edible Woman (read w/in the past few years)
  • Surfacing (read early 2012)
  • The Robber Bride (read w/in the past few years)
  • The Blind Assassin (read w/in the past few years)
  • Oryx and Crake (read early 2012)
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23 thoughts on “Project Atwood

  1. Pingback: Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood – Book 38 « Love at First Book

  2. I’m reading the Handmaid’s Tale right now. But in addition to writing a book and all that’s involved with that, I’m reading a few other books for book clubs and reading with and doing homework with my kids, so at the risk of triggering your fear of frogs, I am green with envy that you can take on this challenge! I admire your ambition!

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    • Thanks! I love Margaret Atwood, I mean she’s a really great author. I started a few challenges when I started blogging, but now I am just trying to work on some of the ones I feel the best about, like The Classics Challenge and the Atwood Challenge. I have a few that I started and I’m working on finishing up soon, though.

      The Handmaid’s Tale is my favorite book of all time. I have already read it twice, and then another blogger and I are going to reread it in January (so I’ll have to rearrange my Atwood list a little).

      Thanks for the boost of confidence! 🙂

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      • I just happened on to your blog after reading your review of Lady Oracle, and wondering what Project Atwood is. Margaret Atwood is probably my favorite author of all time. The first book I read of hers was The Handmaid’s Tale, and I was hooked from then on. That was at least 15 years ago. I have not yet read all of her books. I decided to leave a comment when I saw that you are scheduled to read Life Before Man this month. I read that book about 3 years ago. It was a little difficult for me to finish, because (for me, at least) it was rather slow, but still a really good read. I think the thing I love about her books is the language she uses. I just started The Robber Bride last night, for the second time (I almost always reread her books) and I am always intrigued by the way she says things. I am at work and don’t have the book with me to quote, but she says something about Tony, I believe and basically in reference to the way she lives, works, etc., says that there is not much “slippage”; basically saying that her life is very well-organized and thought out. I just thought it was an interesting way of putting it. I don’t know what my favorite of her books is. I LOVED Cat’s Eye, but so far, I haven’t read one that I didn’t love. 🙂 I started to read Alias Grace a few years ago, but couldn’t get into it and put it down. That is not unusual for me, though. I will often pick up a book to read, realize I can’t get into it, wait a year or two, pick it up again, and not be able to put it down. I think sometimes what I am interested in reading depends a lot on what is happening in my own life. Anyway, I am always thrilled to find Margaret Atwood fans, as none of my friends seem to have heard of her! Happy reading!

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          • That’s okay! I hadn’t changed it yet on this page (which I did just now). Another blogger and I were talking about reading it, so I figured why not read it together and just change my schedule a little?

            Blogging has made it so easy for me to stumble upon fun bookish things to do. I just REALLY love Margaret Atwood, and while some of her books I have reread, I feel like I at least need to read all of them once. Although, The Handmaid’s Tale this month will be my third time reading that one! I just LOVE it. I recently deemed it my favorite book of all time. It’s deep, dystopian, crazy but could kind of happen in a horrific future. . . just amazing.

            Have you read Dancing Girls yet? They are short stories and REALLY good.

            We’ll have to do some Cat’s Eye ending chat. I was kind of confused! But I saw you commented on that page, too, so we can chat about Cat’s Eye over there! 🙂

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            • I loved The Handmaid’s Tale as well! And yes, I think it is VERY realistic dystopian fiction! I love Margaret Atwood, too. There is just something about her writing style that really pulls me in and I think to myself “why don’t I ever think of things that way?” 🙂

              I have not read Dancing Girls, but I have heard of it. I haven’t read any of her short stories yet, which is kind of strange because I love short fiction! I will have to check and see if my library has it. Actually, I am trying to think…I may have it! Isn’t that awful? I bought Lady Oracle on Amazon, and I may have purchased Dancing Girls at the same time but I don’t remember!!!

              I will have to go over to your Cat’s Eye page and we can discuss it! But I will have to brush up on it, b/c it’s been a few years since I read it. I loved that book!

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              • I have been checking out most of the Atwood novels from my library. I just go online, reserve them, and pick them up at my convenience (which is so nice to do!).

                Do you own a lot of books? I have a wall of books in my office (not full) so maybe I should say a wall of bookshelves with the intention of filling them with books. 🙂

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  3. Pingback: Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood – Book 52 « Love at First Book

  4. I love being able to go on my library’s website and check and see if they have a book, rather than going and finding out they don’t!

    I guess I have quite a few books. I have never counted them, so I couldn’t really tell you how many. I have two pretty good sized book cases full and then some. I have a little bit of a problem when it comes to books. I hoard them. I buy books in second-hand stores that there is a pretty good chance I may never read. I used to trade or sell my books after I read them or give them away, but now I have found that every time I have gotten rid of a book I have regretted it!

    I don’t have an e-reader or tablet of any kind (although I am considering getting a Kindle). I really like the way it feels to hold a book, and dogear the pages, etc. 🙂

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    • I have a philosophy where I only will purchase a book I actually will read at some point, so that helps me!

      I also think an e-reader is a reader’s FRIEND but a book is a best friend. It is supplemental and will not take the place of books in general. But I can’t see how people are against them or don’t like them or whatever. I love my Kindle. I think it’s an amazing invention and so easy to take with you and to read the free classics. I switch back and forth between tree books and my Kindle, reading more physical than Kindle for sure, but I LOVE my Kindle.

      I think people get worried the e-readers will take away books or make them less of a genuine reader, but that’s not true. You can read both and nothing bad happens. I love physical books, but I also love the lightweight Kindle if I end up reading something by Franzen (HUGE books) or something that I can get free from Amazon.

      I also read somewhere that people who read on an e-reader end up reading more physical books than people who just read physical books alone. Because I guess people feel like I do, once I read a Kindle book, I want to touch and hold a physical.

      I just got my husband the $70 Kindle and he LOVES it. I can vouch that he reads so much faster and more than he did with physical books alone. But like I said, it’s a great supplement and addition to your book collection.

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      • Oh please know that I was not trying to insinuate that I have anything against e-readers! Like I said, I am thinking of getting a Kindle Fire myself! I had a cheaper one that my daughter dropped on the hardwood floor and shattered. 😦 But I didn’t do a lot of reading on it, simply because right now, I just don’t find myself having time to read much period. However, I have been reading the Little House series to my girls (and my husband, who may actually enjoy it more than they do :)) for the last 2 years or so, and we are gettting ready to finish the next to last book. That seems to be the only reading I get done other than my daily Bible reading! But I did start The Robber Bride Tuesday night, and am finding bits of time here and there to get in a few pages, and I am going to reread the end of Cat’s Eye this weekend so that we can chat about it!

        Anyway I have gotten COMPLETELY off the Project Atwood subject and will quit babbling for now! 🙂

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        • I know you don’t dislike e-readers! Sometimes when I write things online I just want to fully explain myself since it can be hard to tell what someone means sometimes!

          The Little House books were soooo good! I read at least some of them when I was younger.

          And no rush whatsoever on Cat’s Eye! We have plenty of time! 🙂

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  5. Pingback: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book 69 « Love at First Book

    • Ooooooh is the last part of the trilogy out in November? I have no problems doing some rearranging to my Project Atwood based on whatever I physically can get ahold of at the time, and honestly, the point is to read all of her, so if I rearrange, I’m still covering her. I also need to get on with reading Year of the Flood before the third book comes out!

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