There still may be a few things left to say about Crime and Punishment, but it’s time to begin our next novel. Have you started reading?
As Christina, Jeannette, and I compared notes this weekend, we all shared our tips for surviving the latest Russian tome.
Christina: She’s reading on her kindle and carrying the e-reader at all times. This allows her to read a page or two when she has a minute here or there. And that includes reading while brushing her teeth.
Her tip: Use every spare moment you have
Jeannette: She’s journaling the big stuff. Have you seen how many chapters there are in this book? Thirty-four chapters just in Part I. The chapters aren’t lengthy, but there are times when journaling a short chapter might result in half a sentence.
Her tip: Journal the important events
Me: I’m going to read every day. I set aside Tolstoy for a few days this week and when I picked it back up I thought, “Oblonsky? Who’s that?” I had to go back and reread a few chapters. Ack! Those Russian names are out to get me again. The names in C & P got easier the further into the book I read. I’m sure the same thing will happen with Anna Karenina. Plus the added bonus of reading every day is that I’ll be finished with the novel before the movie version arrives in the theater.
My tip: Read every day that you can! (or cheat and print a list of characters)
It’s a little early to ask each of you to call out your place, so this week share your tips for reading Tolstoy.