#Ozathon24 begins: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I’m so happy to be hosting an Ozathon – that is, a book-per-month readalong of the 14 Oz books by L. Frank Baum. Even if you don’t manage to read all the books, you’re welcome to join any time and sample some of the series. I’m looking forward to this journey with you. See the full schedule here.

I’m grateful to my co-host, Deb at The Book Stop, who enthusiastically agreed to join me. We’ll be sharing the hosting duties, and I’ll be directing you to her posts at times. Between us, we hope to offer a place where readers can share and discuss their impressions.

This month, we’ll be diving into the classic that started it all, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I don’t need to say much about it, for even those who have not read the book are probably familiar with the characters of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But if you’ve only seen the movie or another adaptation, it’s worth reading the original. And I hope you’ll be inspired to go on from there; there is much more of Oz to be discovered.

A free ebook can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg here. I recommend choosing a version with illustrations if possible, even though with ebooks the typography and design can’t be reproduced fully. At least you will get an impression of the original W.W. Denslow art. In print, many different editions are available.

I’ll be posting my own thoughts at some point during the month. If you write your own post, leave a link in the comments here and I’ll do a wrap-up at the end of the month. See you on the yellow brick road…

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8 thoughts on “#Ozathon24 begins: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  1. Hi Lory, I managed to request an illustrated copy from my library, although sadly not the original illustrations. Looking forward to re-reading it this month. 🧙‍♀️
    Blessings, Jessica 💌

  2. I completely missed that the readathon began on December 1st. I’ve made my initial post and will crack open the Wizard of Oz later today. (I’ve reviewed it twice already on my blog)

    1. Great. I’m sorry about the confusion about dates. To fit in all 14 books I decided to start a month early!

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