#MARM: Intro to The Testaments Read-Along – No Spoilers!

The Testaments. What can I say that hasn’t already been said?

Missed all the hoopla around The Testaments?

Want to know more about it before (or after) reading it?

I’ve collected a few items for your perusal…

(Some of these articles may contain spoilers.)

CBC: Margaret Atwood unveils The Testaments, sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

The Guardian: She’s a prophet’: handmaids gather for Margaret Atwood’s midnight launch of The Testament

CBC Books: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments has broken Canadian sales records.

Esquire: The legendary author discusses her new sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, activism, heroism, and how to fight the looming threat of totalitarianism in America.

MacLean’s: In her much-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, the renowned author takes her anti-woman dystopia to the age of Trump

Montreal Gazette: History Through Our Eyes: Oct. 9, 1981, Margaret Atwood

Literary Hub: Margaret Atwood on How She Came to Write The Handmaid’s Tale

CBC The Current: Why Margaret Atwood waited more than 30 years to write The Testaments

Time: The Handmaid’s Tale Was a Warning. Three Decades Later, Margaret Atwood Is Back With Another

BBC: Booker Prize: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share award

And just because…

The Loop: A brief history of Margaret Atwood being a badass


“Don’t get mad, get curious.”


Over the last two weeks, Marcie and I have been re-reading The Handmaid’s Tale. These next two weeks we’ll be reading The Testaments. We hope you will join us or follow along! You can blog about it, comment on our posts, or tweet about it using #MARM.

Here’s our introductory post.

Here’s our schedule:

Week One: November 1, 2019 – The Handmaid’s Tale (no spoilers)

Week Two: November 8, 2019 – The Handmaid’s Tale (spoilery)

Week Three: November 15, 2019 – The Testaments (no spoilers)

Week Four: November 22, 2019 – The Testaments (spoilery)

Week Five: November 29, 2019 – Handmaid’s and Testaments Together (spoilery)


Are you planning to read along? Or have you already read it? Maybe you’ve decided never to read it? Let us know!

14 thoughts on “#MARM: Intro to The Testaments Read-Along – No Spoilers!

    • Naomi says:

      I feel the same way. I just want to read it and enjoy it (which I’m doing right now) – I’d rather not analyze it to pieces.
      I’m a bit behind right now – will read your review as soon as I can! 🙂

  1. wadholloway says:

    I won’t read it yet, I thought A Handmaids Tale was very middle of the road SF, though of course nice to see it getting mainstream attention. I have a question though. What’s it like to have a Canadian author creating such a storm? Can’t imagine an Australian getting that level of attention. Except Crocodile Dundee, which is pretty sad just to think about.

    • Naomi says:

      I think it’s great, actually! Although the storm created by The Testaments seems a bit over-the-top. Readers are bound to be disappointed in a book with so much hype, which I think is unfortunate.

      I personally love The Handmaid’s Tale, but I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, so maybe that explains it.

  2. Rebecca Foster says:

    I haven’t felt compelled to read it … but my book club is interested in reading it next year, so provided I don’t have to reread Handmaid’s and can get hold of a library copy I would go along with it.

  3. madamebibilophile says:

    I’m yet to read it but I see plenty of copies on my commute and I’m resisting the urge to read over shoulders 😀 I’ve read some of the articles but as you and Laila said, I don’t want to read to much in case it kills it off for me before I’ve even started!

  4. buriedinprint says:

    Hahah: I love your questions. Can I add that, if anyone has determined not to, I’d love to know their reason(s)? Years ago, I set aside Toni Morrison’s Beloved because the story was so powerful that I had nightmares whenever I read it. It took me many years to finally determine to finish it. I can see these books being nightmare-worthy!

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