Book Snob. It's a 6 week challenge with us reading 100 pages per week. I ended up a few pages shy this week due to having finals last week but I'm out for summer break now so I'll catch up this week. I did managed to read the first 16 chapters though.
I have actually been pleasantly surprised by this book. I always expected a bit of a dry read about a giant whale and a book filled with sailing terms I wouldn't understand. Granted we haven't actually gotten out to sea yet so the confusing sailing terms could still make an appearance but I'm invested in the story now so I won't mind googling them as much.
So far we have met Ishmael, a sailor who decided he wanted to try his hand at whaling and is on his way to Nantucket to join a whaling crew. Along the way he meets Qeequeg, a rather enjoyable character who he ends up bunking with while waiting for his ride to Nantucket. The first meeting of Qeequeg and Ishmael was thoroughly entertaining and actually made me laugh in several places, something I never thought this book would do.
I'll admit I thought that reading the 100 pages was going to be a chore every week but I find that I am actually looking forward to reading more. I'm already emotionally invested in Ishmael and his new BFF Qeequeg.
We're only a week in, so if you'd like to read along with us just head over to Book Snob and join up. It's been a good time so far.