A Summer thing that I’m doing

If Laura @ Reading in Bed is like “hey, come read this mammoth book with me this summer” I seem to be unable to say no. This summer, she is hosting a read-a-long of War and Peace!

If you’ve always meant to read it but haven’t found a reason to, maybe this is your reason? This read-a-long is geared towards Tolstoy newbs, so don’t be intimidated. There’s totally still time to join – reading officially started July 1st! Check out Laura’s blog post for the schedule to get started.

Before we start to get into the nitty-gritty reading, Laura set up a short little book tag to introduce ourselves. So here we go:

  1. Have you read (or attempted) War and Peace?

Sure have. I even wrote about how that went (spoiler: not good). I haven’t ever finished it though!

  1. What edition and translation are you reading?

Vintage Pevear & Volokhonsy translation, physical book only (I already regret this, mofo is heavy!)

  1. How much do you know about War and Peace (plot, characters, etc)?

It’s funny, even though I read most of it that one time, not much! I clearly retained almost nothing and even the 70 or so pages I’ve read this weekend, haven’t made much of an impression on me.

  1. How are you preparing (watching adaptations, background reading, etc.)?

I am doing absolutely nothing? Maybe the more that I get into it, the more I will want to learn about the War and Peace universe. For now, I’m content to just read it.

  1. What do you hope to get out of reading War and Peace?

Finally getting it actually read all the way through! This book has haunted me for years because I couldn’t finish it. And then of course, the bragging rights that come with having actually read War and Peace. I look forward to the days of casually dropping into conversation my having read War and Peace (like an a-hole).

  1. What are you intimidated by?

The sheer length of this book! I do appreciate the schedule – I’m hoping that breaking it up will make it more manageable. I’m also having a hard time keeping the characters and their relationships straight…

  1. Do you think it’s okay to skip the “war” parts?

No, but if it gets really boring, I just might. I remember that I was actually pretty invested in some of the war parts the first time I tried to read this. And I totally skipped like 80 pages of farming in Anna Karenina and I feel really OK about it.

There we have it. All set to finally read this monster. Anyone else joining in? Thanks to Laura for hosting!

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14 thoughts on “A Summer thing that I’m doing

  1. Good for you! I’m not typically a reading challenge kind of person because I have competing reasons for which book I pick next, but I’m jealous of all the fun you guys seem to be having! Also, isn’t Laura great? She’s gotten me onto YouTube, I’m going to launch my channel this week 🙂

  2. I read it in college. I tried to read it all but ended up skipping the war parts. These days, I might think those were the most interesting, who knows?

    • I remember actually enjoying them the first time. Maybe I need to go and learn some more about the Napoleonic Wars so that I have the bigger picture of what’s happening. Although that would require some kind of preparation…

  3. Ooooh finally someone is controversial re. skipping parts!! Okay, so do you consider yourself to have *read* Anna K, if you skipped 80 pages? I mean, I get it. THE FARMING.

    I’m in the first war bit right now, and I’m into it. Probably because these parts were not well represented in the mini series, so that combined with my stunning lack of historical knowledge, means I really don’t know what’s going to happen!

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