And then Adam over at Roof Beam Reader announced a Moby-Dick readalong that lasts from June 1 through July 15 -- about 15 pages per day, according to his calculations. It so happens that I have an unread copy of Moby-Dick on my shelves, a beautiful Penguin Deluxe Graphic edition that I received from the nice people at Penguin Books a couple of years ago. It also happens that Moby-Dick was the second book on my Classics Spin list.
So here's the conundrum -- I know there's no way I can read both of these books at the same time. So which one should I choose? Moby-Dick is longer (625 pages versus 429) but it has the advantage of the readalong -- so much more fun to read a book and discuss it online with others! Also, my library has two different audiobook editions, one narrated by George Guidall and one by Paul Boehmer. I could possibly listen to the entire thing on audio and keep up with the schedule. Both of them are on my Classics Club challenge list, and both of them are books I've been putting off forever. If I finish either of them, I know I'll be very satisfied.
Bloggers, what do you think? Which one should I read? Both classics, but I think they're very different. An American or a French classic? Queequeg or Quasimodo? And has anyone listened to any of the audiobook versions? Which do you recommend?