I’ve such an incredible time re-reading this book along with you all. It’s still one of my all-time favorites. I’m so happy we decided to do this! I know not everyone ended up loving this book and I commend you for sticking with it through the end. I also know there were those newbies who did love it and have gone out and acquired the next book, Dragonfly in Amber. I SO understand that because I was the same way the first time I read Outlander. Hell, I’m tempted to start reading Dragonfly myself! I might do it, but not right now since I’m so behind on other books.
Anyway! LOVE YOU ALL!! :) I feel like I’ve made new bloggy friends through this and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
1. Jaime has the worst case of seasickness. Do you get seasickness or motion sickness? If not, is there something else that makes your stomach a bit queasy?
I CANNOT read a single thing while in a moving vehicle. So yeah, I have motion sickness, but only when trying to read anything. That’s another reason I love audiobooks. They’re my best friend on trips. :)
2. How did you handle reading the details of Jamie’s torture at the hands of Randall? Did you blame Jamie for anything that happened during the encounter with the captain? If you were Claire, how do you think you would have taken hearing about the abuse from your husband? What did you think of Claire’s method’s to get Jamie to start healing psychologically from his wounds from Randall (when she filled his room with opium and simulated another attack by the Captain)?
I was devastated, and it was tough to read about! I don’t place the blame on either of them. It happened, they survived, and now they have to work to get through it. At one point though, when he’s telling her that he can’t even look at her without remembering what Randall did to him, I honestly thought they would never be able to work it out. And even though they did, I’m sure there will be unexpected moments when it will remind him of it anyway. I wouldn’t have known where to even begin to help him through that! It was a risky situation for Claire to put herself in, but it’s better than not trying at all since he was on the brink of death.
3. “history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…you know the usual stuff of literature.”
Which of the above elements of Outlander were you most looking forward to? Which did you enjoy the most while reading? Which did you enjoy the least while reading? Which did you just not care about? Any of these do you which there were more of? Or less of?
I was looking forward to the romance..oh, is that word not in there? :P All of them, really! Those words describe this series so well. Epicness.
4. Share with us your overall thoughts on Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Your favorite quotes, scenes, and/or your favorite words that had you searching for a dictionary. If you haven’t been marking your favorite quotes/passages, you can find Outlander quotes on Goodreads.
GAH! SO MANY!! I’ll give you a romancey one though:
“I had kissed my share of men, particularly during the war years, when flirtation and instant romance were the light-minded companions of death and uncertainty. Jamie, though, was something different. His extreme gentleness was in no way tentative; rather it was a promise of power known and held in leash; a challenge and a provocation the more remarkable for its lack of demand. I am yours, it said. And if you will have me, then…”
5. Are you going to continue with the series or are you done after Outlander? For those of us who are new readers of this series, any predictions? Do you think participating in the read-along helped or hindered your experience with the story? For those of you who’ve already read Outlander and books beyond, how much did you enjoy (or not enjoy) this re-read?
Having be able to re-read it and discuss it with all of you made me beyond ecstatic. I remember when I read it the first time a couple of years and I didn’t know anyone who had read it! It wasn’t until after I started my blog that I found other blogging friends who had read it and loved it too. It has been an absolute pleasure. :)
*Bonus #1* Take the Outlander QUIZ on Goodreads and tell us how you did!*
*Bonus #2* Claire is able to visit the library at The Abbey. Share with us pictures or a description of your own personal drawing of your dream library. Feel free to share more than one. Some of you may even have a Pinterest board full of inspiration, please share!
I haven’t really decided what my dream library would be like, but I do like what I have now! Here’s a pic:
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