Drood – A Readalong

Posted 24 September, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook / 16 Comments




So remember when had a little vote for the next Readalong book? Drood by Dan Simmons was the winner. It was a lot of fun to watch the votes come in and since I chose all of the books in the running, I was constantly torn between who I wanted to win. Thank you everyone for voting and I hope that all of y’all who voted for Drood are still up for the challenge. Because this bad boy is long!

The Details:

When: Begin October 1st, Halfway (through ch 22, page 391 of my copy) on Wednesday October 22nd, Finish Saturday November 15th. Of course these are just guidelines–start when you want, finish when you want, but I’ll put up linky posts for those three points if you would like to post.

Synopsis from Goodreads: “Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens’s life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens’s friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author’s last years and may provide the key to Dickens’s final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.”

More to follow on October 1st!

What’s the next Readalong Gang read? I’m skipping the vote this time and going with Bag of Bones by Stephen King in December. Merry Christmas! Sometime in the next month or so I’ll put up the vote for January with the suggestions I received from you. Some really great suggestions!

readalong gang


So…are you in for Drood next month?? I hope so! I’ll be using and following #Droodalong on twitter and Instagram.


16 Responses to “Drood – A Readalong”

  1. I kind of love Dan Simmons and all these very varied books he writes (Hyperion! The Abominable! And one of my favourites, The Terror!)

    But I’ve hesitated about Drood because I’ve always wondered if I would be missing something if I’ve yet to read The Mystery of Edwin Drood?

    I’m going to place a hold on the book anyway and see how it goes!

  2. Ti

    I will join you for Bag of Bones in December!

    Drood. I liked it but it was a little slow. I will give you a hint and tell you to get a jump on it soon because it lags and it will be easy to fall behind. It’s good though.

  3. I want to join in on this so much! You have no idea but I’m so so so behind and there’s no way I could throw in a chunkster like Drood on top of everything else. I’ll have to live vicariously through the rest of you. Enjoy! Can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks!

  4. Even though I didn’t vote for Drood (and boy, is Bone People sure holding a grudge that it didn’t win…I swear it’s glaring at me from the bookcase right now), I did go get a copy, so I’m in! And yay Bag of Bones! I’m actually hoping to read Pet Sematary before then…you may hear my screams all the way in Texas.

  5. SarahBeth

    I may try, but we’ll see how it goes. I get super busy at work this time of year so reading at night takes a backseat because I’m so tired, lol.

    Also, it doesn’t take much for me to get creeped out because I have an overactive imagination so if I think that its getting weird, I’d likely put it down.

    But it sounds really intriguing and I’m going to grab it from the library. :)

  6. I really shouldn’t join…. but I’m going to anyway! Even if I don’t get to the book I read it several years ago and it really stuck with me. Oh hai, maybe an audio version will work! This book is so weird, enthralling, and disturbing. I will hold my comments for later. No spoilers, I promise!

  7. I requested the audiobook from the library and — holy smokes, Trish, it’s 24 CDs! Glad you’ve given more than a month to read the book since it might take me that long to load it onto my iPod. Hopefully this read will be as good as The Sparrow has been.

  8. I am in for Bag of Bones for sure! I really want to read The Drrod as well but I am already signed up for two read-a-longs next month and that thing is huge….so put me down as maybe for now? Lol! I really can’t resist a good read-a-long :)

  9. I’m in, optimistically, because Drood is bigger than our biggest cat. But I have it out of the library and I’m keen!

  10. I’m getting very, very nervous about starting this book tomorrow. It is so big that my librarian laughed at me when I checked it out. Seriously.