82. How to read a BIG book: an introduction to Middlemarch by George Eliot

In case you missed it, we’re reading Middlemarch together! We’re both excited (and, let’s be honest) a little apprehensive about diving into George Eliot’s Middlemarch with you this fall and winter. This is a BIG book filled with lots of historical references and Eliot’s signature attention to the smallest of details. It’s also a cozy and thoughtful depiction of a small town that brings us relationships to root for, villains to hate, and characters we’ll remember for a long time to come.

Today, we’re sharing some logistics of how our big book readalong will work, basic background information on the text, and tips for making your reading experience valuable and enjoyable.

We can’t wait to get reading with you!

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Middlemarch by George Eliot (Penguin Classics Deluxe) 

Middlemarch on the Serial Reader app 

Middlmarch on Spotify 

A brief biography of George Eliot 

“Silly Novels by Lady Novelists” by George Eliot 

Virginia Woolf on George Eliot 

Henry James’ review of Middlemarch 

Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith 

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney 

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