Final Outlander Read Along Post: Chapters 36 – 41 Answers + Link Up!

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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!*

Goodreads - Quiz Results

*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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Jess @ Gone with the Words

14 Responses to “Final Outlander Read Along Post: Chapters 36 – 41 Answers + Link Up!”

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    I’m the same way in the car…well I was. UNTIL I got my Kindle. For some reason, I can read my Kindle but not a book? WHY? I don’t know. But I just go with it. I have a great sound app and some ambient music, so I either put that on while the kiddos watch a movie and Mike drives, and my Kindle and I snuggle in the passenger seat. If you want to pull off on the side of the road and have me throw up on the interstate, give me a book with pages. *sigh*

    YOU were a huge driving force for me reading this book so THANK YOU. I have loved it, shuddered at parts, swooned at parts, and just opened myself up to this new area of historical fiction in this series. I’m so weirded out by that because I’ve always held it at arms length. Claire being a nurse and Jamie being just awesome helped, BUT other reading friends made the entire difference. You the most because your enthusiasm for this series is y seriouslELECTRIC. Thanks Jess!! You are a rock star. :)

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    That quote is so swoon-able and what I believe to be true about Jamie. yummy.

    When he told Claire that he couldn’t bare for her to touch him, I almost lost it. WOW! that Randall was really the incarnate of evil. I don’t know how Claire recovered from that in order to find a way for Jamie.

    Thank you for getting the read-along going, so I could enjoy this awesome book.

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    Alyssa @ Books Take You Places

    Uhhmm duh..why didn’t I remember that I want to puke whenever I read anything (even my phone) in a moving car!!?? Also love your bookshelves!!

    I am not sure if I will continue on with the you like them all equally or is this your favorite? I am still mulling over my feelings..

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    Carrie from Stalking the Bookshelves

    I love your library. I need to invest in a shelving unit like that of having various bookcases throughout the house.
    Ok sweetpea you know I loved being able to chat with you while reading. Thanks for letting me sound off. Now that I have read Outlander I just need to read a Sarah Dessen book, right? Lol You are my favorite book pusher!!

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    Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    Awesome job on the quiz!! I feel like such a failure!

    That sucks about your motion sickness … THANK GOODNESS FOR AUDIOBOOKS!

    This really was such a great book … it was a reread for me and I loved every second of it. Admittedly, it wasn’t as good as the first read through, but it was still awesome.

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    I felt the same way when Jamie told Claire he couldn’t look at her. I thought, “How can they get past this?” I should have known Claire would find a way to get them through it. :)

    I loved getting to see everyone’s thoughts as they read it! This was such a great idea and I hope we do it again sometime!

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    i’m so glad i can read anything when riding in a car or i would be miserable because my hubby commands the radio. it really broke my heart when Jamie told Claire to leave, i’m so glad she did find a way to cleanse him of his demons, even if it was weird! thanks for advising me of this great read-along, my first, but not my last :)

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    Heather @ The Flyleaf Review

    I have only recently been able to read in the car, but not for long lengths of time.

    Love your chosen quote. And yeah, how is romance NOT on that list? weird.

    I really enjoyed this readalong, so glad you put it together Jess! It sounds like is interest in one for Bk #2 sometime down the line:)

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    Oh my! I sure wish I had discovered this earlier! I absolutely LOVE The Outlander series! So good!

    New follower!


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    Thanks so much for hosting, Jess! I had so much fun participating, even if I was one of those who didn’t like the book.

    You know, I never thought about how audiobooks are the perfect alternative for those who can’t read in cars! I never had a problem reading in vehicles, but I always liked audiobooks anyway.

    I also was devastated by these last chapters, and was uncertain how Jamie would be okay with Claire again. He’d been psychologically trained to associate her with Randall, which come to think of it is interesting since Claire psychologically associated Randall with Frank. Hmm. I’m not sure I really get how what she did worked, but I was glad that it did. =)

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    I have had SO much fun doing this read-a-long. It’s brought out new aspects of the book as well. :) Thank you so much for coordinating the event!!

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