Introducing The Great Gone With the Wind Readalong!

As the dog days of summer pull us further into the world of reading, it’s time for some communal book bliss. 

It’s time for the Great Gone With the Wind Readalong! 

Discover (or reacquaint yourself with) Margaret Mitchell’s perennial classic, which turns 75 this year.  It’s a chunkster, to be sure, but it’s also a hotbed of romance, scandal, historical detail and roiling controversy…and it features one of literature’s most petulant and complex heroines. 

How It Works

To participate, just tell me you plan to read along in the comments below.  Then procure a copy of the classic and start reading.  We’ll meet here on the blog on the following schedule to discuss the book in parts.  I’ll summarize each part and include historical background and fun ways to approach the book as a conversation-starter…then we’ll discuss in the comments.  And I’ll be giving away GWTW-inspired prizes to make this summer read even juicier!

The Schedule*

  • August 1: Discuss Part 1 (Chapters 1-7)
  • August 15: Discuss Part 2 (Chapters 8-16)
  • September 5: Discuss Part 3 (Chapters 17-30)
  • September 26: Discuss Part 4 (Chapters 31-47)
  • October 17: Discuss Part 5 (Chapters 48-63)

*Due to the chunkster nature of this novel, I’ve broken our group reading down into five parts.  You’ll have two weeks to read the first two parts, and three weeks to read each subsequent part.  But buyer beware…this book just might be hard not to read in one feverish, fell swoop! 

Are You In?

Please introduce yourself, tell us where you’re from and whether you’ve read the book before.  Happy reading!

 

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  • http://katieleigh.wordpress.com Katie

    I’ll be reading along from Boston – I’ve read GWTW before, but it’s been at least 10 years. So excited!(And I just picked up Ellen F. Brown’s book on the history of the book/movie!)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      YES! So delighted to have you along.

  • Jennie

    I’m totally down for this!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Yee haw! You’ll have to share your Atlanta perspective with us.

  • http://www.teresasreadingcorner.com Teresa

    I’ve never read it and have been meaning to. YES! I’m in.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      I’m so thrilled that people will be reading this for the first time. Welcome!

  • http://www.devourerofbooks.com Jen – Devourer of Books

    I’m Jen from Devourer of Books blog (www.devourerofbooks.com) – and Chicago – and I’ll be reading! I haven’t read this since 7th grade, so it has been awhile.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Awesome. Can’t wait to see what adult you thinks of the book.

  • http://www.cathleenholst.webs.com Cathleen Holst

    I actually just finished reading this (for the 1st time) a couple weeks ago. Can I still join in? Have since becoming obsessed with anything GWTW and/or Margaret Mitchell related. Hands down the best book I’ve read.

    C xx

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      But of course you are welcome, Cathleen! Can’t wait to hear your perspective.

  • http://thelittlereader.net lisa (the little reader)

    hi, i’m lisa and i’m from Hawaii. i will be out of town for the first discussion and might have to catch up, but i’d love the chance to re-read this one! it’s been at least 15 years since i read it and i don’t remember much, so it’ll be good fun.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Lisa! We’ll see what you remember as you dive in…. ;)

  • http://www.thatswhatsheread.net Michelle

    I adore this book and having been wanting to re-read it this summer. GWTW is the perfect summer read, if ever there was one. I’ll be coming to you from Cincinnati and am reading for my semi-annual re-read. This truly is one of my favorite books of all time.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Michelle! I agree…truly the perfect summer read.

  • http://www.cathleenholst.webs.com Cathleen Holst

    Thanks, Erin! And I forgot to say:

    Hi, I’m Cathy, and I’m from Atlanta!! Can’t wait to start discussing!!

    C xx

  • http://www.bousteadhill.net/wilder_weather/ Barb Mayes Boustead

    I’m in — I’ve been meaning to reread GWTW this summer, anyway! Too bad I can’t find a good weather angle in there :) … guess I’ll just have to enjoy the book for the sake of enjoyment!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      YES! Welcome, Barb! I’m racking my brain for weather in GWTW…I know there’s some, at least. Can’t wait to see what you think.

  • Jennifer

    Hello!! I’m Jennifer from New York. I read GWTW for the very first time only a few months ago and fell in LOVE. Sadly I have had no one to share my enthusiasm. I would love to discuss the book with others!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      I feel exactly the same way, Jennifer…so excited to have fellow book lovers to share my nerdy enthusiasm with. Welcome!

  • http://www.felicitywhite.com Felicity

    Totally in. I should be getting my WINNING copy from you soon, so I kind of owe it to you right? Just kidding. I’m reading here in Missouri and couldn’t be happier to have an excuse to indulge. Never read it . . . not sure I’ve ever made it through the whole movie, but as an English major I NEED to have this one checked off my list. : )

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Your WINNING copy should be en route as we speak, Felicity. I assure you it’s the comfiest for extended reading! :D

      • http://www.felicitywhite.com Felicity

        It arrived this week. Beautiful! And thick! Can’t wait.

  • http://laura-asimplehappylife.blogspot.com/ Laura

    I want in on this! I live in Michigan. I know the last time I read this (which wasn’t the first time) was before my son was born and he’s 22. I’ve been wanting to read it again.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Laura! Sounds like high time to revisit Scarlett.

  • Janice Ashton

    Hello from Caldwell, Idaho. I read GWTW long,long ago during the summer I was twelve years old. I am happy for the opportunity to read it once more. It’s something that I have wanted to do.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Hi, Janice! Thrilled to have you and to hear your impressions as a not-twelve-year-old.

  • http://jillisreading.blogspot.com/ Jillian

    I can’t join. (College and too many other books on my list!) But I’ll be watching!! I reread GWTW for the third time last year and will definitely revisit — soon. :-)

    In September I’m going to read a WHOLE BUNCH of books about Margaret Mitchell. :-)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Bummer, Jillian! You are more than welcome to watch and poke your nose in if you want :) The more the merrier.

  • http://jtcricket.blogspot.com Julia

    I have only read parts of this book, so it is high time I actually read it in its entirety. I have seen the movie countless times. I grew up in the coast of Georgia, and after spending almost 20 years away, we have moved back home… so I am looking forward to the discussion. My oldest daughter is starting college in the fall, and has voiced an interest in reading it, but not sure she will have the time. Count me IN! :) (@jtcricket269 on twitter)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Awesome! Welcome, Julia.

  • http://www.horriblybookish.blogspot.com Jayme @ Horribly Bookish

    I’m so in. I read this book in middle school as part of a Civil War project and fell in love. I reread it every year for a few years, but it’s been a good four years since I picked up this lovely classic. I can’t wait :)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      I am dying to know about your Civil War project, Jayme…and what you think of the book this time around. Welcome!

  • http://www.eleanor-brown.com Eleanor Brown

    I’m Eleanor from Colorado, and I re-read GWTW every year, at least once a year. It’s going to be impossible to keep from reading it all at once, but it’ll be fun to read it with other people!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome!

  • http://melaniefishbane.blogspot.com Melanie

    I’m in! Just need to figure out my schedule a little more…Don’t know what I can commit to at this time, but happy to participate and promote where I can. If you are stuck with something, I can help out….

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Of course it’s a pleasure to have you in any capacity, Melanie!

  • http://neonglo.deviantart.com Gloria

    I came across this via Facebook; I have always wanted to share GWTW with fellow readers! I’ve read it MANY times and finally wore out my old copy. I’m looking forward to this. -Los Angeles native

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Gloria. I wish I had saved my dilapidated old copy, but it literally fell apart with heavy use.

      • http://neonglo.deviantart.com Gloria

        Hate to bug, but I can’t figure out how to add my picture. Could you point me to where that is?

        • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

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  • http://www.seagreenreader.blogspot.com Joanne

    Hello, I’m Joanne and I live in the north-east of England. I have read Gone With The Wind before and having been meaning to re-read it for a while. This readalong has given me the impetus I needed!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Joanne! So happy to have you.

  • Martha

    I used to read GWTW every year for many years, but then 3 children and now 3 grandchildren have kept me from reading as much as I’d like. I think it’s time to read it again so count me in!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Martha. Can’t wait to see if/how your perspective on the book has changed after all of your life changes.

      • Martha

        I forgot to add that I am from Alabama!

  • Lois

    Hi,I will be reading along from Boston also. Am actually reading it now. Usually I finish GWTW within a week or less, but work and other life responsibilities are in the way. I have read this masterpeice off and on for years. Starting when I was about 14. I have worn out quite a few paperbacks, and have a couple of hardcover copies as well as a paperback copy. For my birthday this year I received an Ebook, which my Husband and Daughter downloaded GWTW on it. I love it non stop reading, can even read at night with no lights on. YIPPEEEEEE

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Lois! I’ll be reading on my Kindle iPhone app, as well…easier on the wrists ;)

      • Lois

        I forgot about my Iphone app. Will also be reading on that. Too many electronics too little time. Looking forward to a long visit at my local DMV tomorrow will hopefully be getting a lot of reading done.

  • kaitlyn(vivien)

    Wow! I’m so happy other people are reading this novel! I love this book and have read it numerous amount of times but unfortunately lack people to talk to. Even thoufh i’ve read it, is it ok if i still join in on the disscussions?
    thanks! Viv;)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Of course you can join, Viv! So glad to have you. :)

  • kaitlyn(vivien)

    I’m so glad that people are getting together and reading this renouned classic! It truly warms my heart! I’ve read this book numerous amounts of times bit i was wondering if i could still join in on the discussions? It would be nice to have peiple to talk to on the subject.
    thanks,
    Viv

  • Caroline

    Oh, I had promised myself to Proust for the summer – but I may have to make room for this. I am in Toronto and haven’t read the book yet, though I’ve seen the movie many, many, yes, possibly too many times.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Ooh, Caroline. I am going to push for participation. Not that Proust isn’t nice, but you owe yourself a read, especially if you love the movie!

      • Caroline

        Don’t worry Erin, I don’t think I will need a lot of coaxing. :D

  • http://MadelineMora-Summonte.blogspot.com Madeline Mora-Summonte

    I’m in! I had been thinking of re-reading it anyway after all the talk here this past month so this is perfect!

    I read it so many years ago that it will be almost like it picking it up for the first time. :)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Madeline! Can’t wait to hear your impressions as you rediscover the book.

  • Martha

    I have read GWTW more times than I can remember, starting when I was 12. My favorite book! I’ll enjoy reading it again with everyone!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Martha! So glad to have you.

  • Diane

    I’m Diane (bookchickdi) from NYC and I am so in! Gone With The Wind is my favorite book- I even have a purse made from the book cover! I haven’t re-read it in awhile, so I’m thrilled with this read along.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Diane! So happy to have you.

  • http://monicamarlowe.blogspot.com Monica Marlowe

    I’m Monica and have read GWTW before; I LOVE this idea! Count me in!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Hi, Monica! Thanks for joining in the fun.

  • Heather

    Ooh, I was just talking to someone this weekend about how I should (re)read GWTW! I’m from Toledo, Ohio and I read this book for the first time back in high school about 12 years ago. I’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to read!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Awesome! Excited to have you, Heather.

  • http://fictional100.posterous.com Lucy Pollard-Gott

    Hi, Erin, I have my hefty new paperback with Pat Conroy’s great preface. I took a detour and blogged on the Preface, but I would like to get back to a full reread. I may not keep up with the ambitious reading schedule, but I would certainly enjoy stopping by for the discussion, even if I only sit in my crinolines and listen. :) Thanks.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Woo hoo! Crinolines or no, you are always welcome ;)

  • Jaime Senft

    Hi! I am a huge GWTW fan. I have been an avid reader of the novel (too many times to count) since I was 12. I also am an avid collector of all thing GWTW. Actually a whole room of my house is devoted to my memorabilia. My husband says I’m obsessed. Oh well. I am definitely in.

    • Jaime Senft

      Sorry, in my haste I forgot to mention that I will be reading along from Greencastle, PA.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Jaime!

  • carla c

    Hi, I am Carla. I am in. I have read GWTW too many times to count. I look forward to reading with others. I collect everything GWTW. Which started as a spare room and spread throughout the decor and my husband says if he didn’t hold me back it would land me on Hoarders. The first time I read GWTW I was between 4th/5th grade summer.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Hi Carla, and welcome! Hey, I wouldn’t necessarily turn off a GWTW-themed episode of Hoarders ;)

  • Linda

    I am totally in! I will be flying from North Carolina to San Diego on August 1st so I may miss the first discussion. But I look forward to the rest of the book with this group. This book was the first big novel I have ever read as a kid and it is still the gold standard in storytelling for me.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Linda! Don’t worry about “missing” the discussion…it will all happen in the comments of these blog posts, so you’ll be able to chime in at will.

  • http://www.capriciousreader.com Heather

    I’ve only read this 3 or 4 times so far, so I’m more than due a reread. I think I’ll tag along. It’s one of this Carolina girls favorite Southern books! Thanks for the invite via Goodreads!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Why, welcome, Heather! What can I say, I have been somewhat shameless in my invitations. The more the merrier!

  • Dawn C.

    Hi there…joining in from the home state of Scarlett…10 minutes from the GWTW museum and 20 from Margaret Mitchell’s home. I’m a Windy since seeing the movie at 6 yrs old with my mom and grandmothers and then my first reading at 7! :) I had planned to re-read it earlier in the summer to commemorate the anniversary, but got sidetracked. I am happy I waited, now I can join in here! :)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Dawn! I’m so jealous that you’re so close to the MMness. I’ll have to live vicariously through you!

  • Megan

    Checking in from NJ and a die-hard fan.Read it first in 7th grade and maybe a dozen times since(just turned 40). Love GWTW and can’t wait to read it again:-) I’m the textbook manager at a local university and have often said that it should be the default book for most classes- history, gender studies, business, anthropology, sociology, etc. No luck yet but maybe one day lol

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Love it, Megan! Welcome :)

  • MarieM

    Hello from NH – the Live Free or Die State! I love GWTW and was thrilled back in the day when it was required reading for my kids when they were in h.s. I’ve also “only” read it 3 or 4 times, but it never fails to thrill me.

    Thanks for the invite via FB. I’m looking forward to reading the book and participating in the discussion. (I, too, have the one with the Pat Conroy intro. He’s another of my favorite authors.)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Required reading?! So awesome. Welcome, Marie!

  • http://plus3crochet.blogspot.com Casey

    I have never read this book, nor have I seen the movie and I’ve never thought about reading it before! If it hadn’t been for your invite over on goodreads, I probably would never have thought about it still. I’m going to go out this weekend and pick up a copy to join in. From the few reviews I read, it seems like it would be a good read! So, I’m joining in from Canada!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Casey! Very glad to have you.

  • http://bookclubgirl.com Book Club Girl

    I’m in! Have never read it and can’t wait! Will be reading in NYC/NJ! Is there a vertical readalong tile ad I can post on my blog?

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Your wish, my command…just updated the post with some banners!

  • Lauren Runkel

    I’m in! I’ve never read it and have been wanting too! I can’t wait :)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Lauren. So glad to have you.

  • Hope

    I live in Tennessee (although I am a native Yankee). I have read this book many times, but never with a group and I am so excited to participate.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Hope!

  • Liz

    Hi! I’m Liz and I’m from Buffalo, NY. This will be my third time reading GWTW and I’m excited to read it in this format. I actually wrote a major thesis project on this book years ago and I’m finding myself remembering very little about it these days. I’m going to try to get my mom to join too- this is one of her favorites and I remember watching the movie with her before I was able to read the book. This is a really cool idea and I’m super excited about it!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Liz. I’d love to know more about your thesis project…and of course your mom is more than welcome to read along!

  • http://Facebook Claudia

    I am having surgery in August and will be housebound so what better way to keep me occupied besides Farmville @ Facebook…lol but to reread my most favorite book.

    When I was fifteen I took on the daunting task of reading the thick volume of GWTW while on family vacation to various Civil War battlefields. I was so immersed in the fictional account of the numerous events that most of the trip is a blur until we stopped at one place that was in the book.

    I live in Auburn, CA which is in the Sierra foothills.

    Looking forward to the interchange with others and hope they will love the book as much as I did and do. It’s still my most favorite book.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Claudia! Hopefully the book will make recovery fly by.

  • http://www.notsoshabbychicevents.blogspot.com Susie LaBelle

    Hi I’m planning to read along in the Chicagoland area via my NookColor. Can’t wait as it has been probably at least 30 years since I last read the book!!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Susie!

  • Melody

    Reading from Arkansas but originally from Georgia. Read GWTW for the first time when I was 8. I’m several decades older and have read it several times but definitely think it’s time to do so again!!!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Melody! So glad to have you along.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/AlBookerque-Book-Club/105932046167747?sk=wall Stephanie

    I’M SOOOOO IN!!! I’m the founder of the Al”Book”erque Book Club in Albuquerque, N and and have been wanting to read the book since I took a Southern Literature course in college, (about 8 years ago). We read a few sections from some selected chapters of the book during the class and have always wanted to read it in its entirety. I’ve never seen the movie either so, I’m thrilled to begin reading it and am equally thrilled to watch the film after finishing to book. Thanks for organizing!:-)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Stephanie! It’s rare to find someone who hasn’t seen the movie…I envy you the chance to see it AFTER finishing the book. Can’t wait to see what you think.

  • Julia Ray

    I will read along. I haven’t read it before, have had the book forever. I am from rural Kansas :)

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Julia! My state neighbor (I’m in Colorado).

  • Cheryl T.

    I would love to read this book again. It has been awhile since I read it. I think I read it for the first time when I was about 12. It is one of my all time favorite books. I will be reading from Orem, Utah.

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Hi, Cheryl! So glad to have you.

  • Elizabeth

    I was telling a friend at dinner on Friday that I still hadn’t read Gone With the Friend. She was slightly aghast. When I saw this readalong a few hours later, I couldn’t resist. I’ll be reading the book in Charleston, SC.

    • Elizabeth

      Whoops! I didn’t proofread that one! Make it Gone With the Wind, not friend!

    • http://www.erinblakemore.com Erin Blakemore

      Welcome, Elizabeth! Talk about great timing. Now you’ll be able to brag at dinner parties ;)