by, 06-30-2012 at 09:59 AM (1044 Views)
It's the end of June and already I'm thinking about my reading challenge for next year. I think that because this year's reading challenge has been such a rewarding experience, and now I simply have too many long books to get through in 12 months, that it's got me to thinking about how I carry this forward into 2013. Not that I'm all about advanced planning or anything.
Reflecting back on this year, it's been a great experience. I've been ploughing through those longer novels and I've found that it's not so difficult to read a longer book after all. I have, still, an attention span that can take in 1000 pages in spite of the Facebook/Twitter influence to the contrary. The books themselves have been a bit mixed. Genji was brilliant, as is Kristin Lavransdatter that I'm reading at the moment. The Poisonwood Bible was much better than I was expecting, whereas the Sea of Fertility Tetralogy was a chore. I've got enough books to get me through the rest of the challenge and well into next year, but next year whilst I'd like to keep reading the longer books, I want to merely drop them in on an ad hoc basis rather than specifically challenge myself to read one a month.
So I was thinking, there's slim likelyhood I'll get to War & Peace this year, and I'd like to read Anna Karenina and re-read Crime and Punishment. The Master & Margarita is sitting on my shelf accusingly, after I've tried to read it twice and failed. So there's a theme here, and it's Russian, and I think that'll be my challenge for next year. I'd like to read more Dostoevsky, and I have Dead Souls by Gogol that I picked up in a swap.
So, well versed Litnetters - any good recommendations for Russian novels? I've got on my radar Dr Zhivago, The Cancer Ward, The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot, Anna Karenina, War & Peace. Any other suggestions?