Origin of Species Book Club

Ok, back on the 150th anniversary of the publication The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, I wanted to read The Origin of Species and blog about it at the same time. Too many distractions came up, so I didn't finish the adventure, but it is time to revisit it. So, if you want to join me, we'll start the first of the new year. If you do not own this book yet, the bonus is that you can put it on your wishlist. Im reading the version depicted to the right. Although I previously read about a third of it, Im starting fresh from page 1 and will try to do a chapter a week.

So who will join me? Already read it? maybe this is the time to read it again. I'ld start now, but I need to finish the mind numbing 'Science and Religion' book shown under the what (apologetics garbage) I'm reading list first.

I'ld like to have a healthy discussion about the various chapters and we can see where this goes. Again if you haven't read it, now is your chance to read it with others, without having to put on pants and go out!


  1. I will follow along. I have it on my nook. I would like to read it with the guidance of people who know biology.

  2. Sigh, my blogmastering skills are not what they once were. Im glad to have to along for the ride Mike!

  3. I have it on my Kindle and in hard copy. I'll try to follow along, although first I have some indexing and writing projects to finish.

  4. Oh dear. I don't want to commit to anything for what I know will be a very busy January (and February, and March, and... but who am I to complain about busy-ness?). On the other hand, if I don't commit to this I'll probably never read the book (it's sitting on my bookshelf at home, the Penguin version with the sort of off-yellow cover) and just grow to resent it and myself over time.

    Screw it, I'm in. The first chapter can be hangover-distraction on January 1.

  5. Crap. I mean YAY!!! 3 people interested in the book club! OK, so I guess this thing is a go. No promises that the first chapter is done on Jan 1 though, let;'s just agree to read it by then :)

  6. I will try to at least watch what you are doing. Great idea.

    Which "edition" is that (in relation to the original edition)?

  7. OK, I got through the introduction (by Gillian Beer in my Oxford 1996 edition), the Introduction (by Darwin), and Chapter 1.

    I'll post my notes and reactions on my blog, where should we post the discussion? Will you make a blog post each week for the chapters as we go through them?


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