Outlander Read-a-long

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Pub Date: June 2nd 1992
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

outlanderbutton_thumb1Back in the spring of 2010—before I even started blogging—I bought a book that looked to be very popular. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon had been around for quite a while and I’m still not really sure what inspired me to buy it. It just called out to me, like a siren song. The blue cover and crown just ensnared me.

I will admit that the first 50 pages (first 2 chapters) or so did not completely hook me…but once she falls through those stones and back in time, I was unable to put it down! Just imagine being on holiday with your husband and accidentally thrusting yourself back in time 202 years! Into the middle of battle, no less! It was seriously unputdownable after that. I actually read the rest of the series in the upcoming months, back to back.


Outlander set

Probably my all time most favorite series, that’s my set of hardcovers. :) I also have the Kindle versions, for rereads, so these stay pristine.

And now I want to revisit this book with you guys. So, join us! You won’t regret it. :) AND! You’ll be able to finally say, “Outlander? Oh, yes! I’ve read that! I loved it!”

After a spontaneous Twitter conversation, the following six blogs decided to host this read-a-long. A special thanks to Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) for organizing the details and creating the fabulous graphic. :)


Tangled Up in Blue
jacbuttonStalking the Bookshelves
Into the Hall of BooksLogan E. TurnerGone with the Words


What do I have to do to participate?

  • Write up a participation post and link to it in the linky below. This is the official way for you to sign-up. It’s a great way to spread the word to other readers. Feel free to tweet and share the Outlander read-a-long in other outlets as well. (The linky is the same on each host blog. You only need to enter your blog link once)
  • Read Outlander with the group of us!
  • Answer the discussion questions that will be posted (see schedule above) and post them on Mondays throughout the months of June and July. Go to the hosts blog, link up your post, and visit other posts to see their thoughts!
  • and have fun!
    • (My thanks to Jacinda for those bullet points. :))

Grab the Outlander Read-a-along button over at The Reading Housewives and feel free to post it everywhere! :)

Where Can I Get a Copy of Outlander?

It’s everywhere! You can either buy it, or check it out from the library. Just keep in mind that if you’re borrowing from the library, you’ll need to renew it a few times, as this read-a-long goes on for 6 weeks.

Here are links to where it can be purchased, both new and used: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | AbeBooks

What’s the Schedule?

June 11th – Questions for chapters 1-7 announced at Gone with the Words

June 18th – Questions for chapters 1-7 answered & questions announced for chapters 8-14 at Stalking the Bookshelves

June 25th – Questions for chapters 8-14 answered & questions announced for chapters 15-21 on Tangled up in Blue

July 2nd – Questions for chapters 15-21 answered & questions announced for chapters 22-28 on Into the Hall of Books

July 9th – Questions for chapters 22-28 answered & questions announced for chapters 29-35 on Logan E. Turner

July 16th – Questions for chapters 29-35 answered & questions announced for chapters 36-41 on The Reading Housewives

July 23rd – Questions for chapters 36-41 answered on Gone with the Words. The end.

Are You Ready? Link Up!

Jess @ Gone with the Words

28 Responses to “Outlander Read-a-long”

  1. Jamie Bennett

    Pretty sure I’m down for this! I bought this book YEARS ago, because like you, I kept hearing people talking about it on Goodreads. Haven’t even touched it all these years! 

  2. Anne

    I’ve meant to read these for years! I’ll have to see what my schedule is like closer to time, but maybe I should join in and read them (finally!)

  3. Alexa Kalas

    I’m at work so I can’t type up my participation post right this second but I shall do it soon!


  4. Sarah

    Ah!  I’ve been meaning to reread Outlander for years, and this is the perfect way to do it!  Thanks for hosting – what an excellent start to the summer. :)

  5. @BookwormAsheley

    THRILLED to be reading this along with you, Jess! That’s an impressive and beautiful library! Especially the special edition #1. AND to have the ebooks…it’s hilarious. Love that. That means this will be one heck of a book.  :)

  6. TammyYACrush

    Oh Jess, I love this series!  The funny thing is, I bought my copy of the first book for twenty-five cents at my library’s used bookstore. Who knew such awesomeness could be found so cheap?  Jamie and Claire are to die for. 

  7. Alyssa @ Books Take You Places

    THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! I literally posted a top ten Tuesday post today about the top ten books I can’t believe I’ve never read and this one was on it, leading to a lovely commenter (thanks bookgoonie) to tell me all about this lovely read-a-long you have coming up! Sign me up! I am so excited to finally read these!

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