November Book Choice

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

Despite the great quotations and ideas we unearthed reading Walden, I fear that last month’s choice may have strangled our desire to read weightier works. I considered flipping to the other extreme and choosing some light reading for this month’s book choice, but that would be counter to our goals, wouldn’t it?

Since two book club participants listed a few titles of Russian literature as part of their lifetime pursuit, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy seems a great choice for an introduction to Tolstoy and other Russian authors.

I challenged myself to read War and Peace in 2000, finished it in a summer and loved the sense of accomplishment and his writing style. We might want to read it in a two-month installment next year, but if you want to get a flavor for Tolstoy, the book to start with is Anna Karenina.

I won’t say much, and please don’t read too much about it before you start the book yourself. I will warn you that the Anna becomes an adulterous wife. One of the things I love about Russian literature is the realistic portrayal that actions have consequences. Tolstoy’s honest telling of the cost of infidelity on character and relationships contrasts what we usually see in popular books and movies today.

Want to Try It With Me?

First – Find a copy of the book.  Check your public library or download Anna Karenina for free from Project Gutenberg. I’m going to purchase a copy for myself at Amazon.

Second – Read it before Tuesday, November 25, keeping track of lines you like with sticky notes or a running list of page numbers.

Third – Share your impressions in an online discussion here on Tuesday, November 28. Write a post on your website if you have one. Or just come back and share your thoughts in the comments.

If you do write a post, I want to publish your link so we can visit your website and see what you have to say. Please email your  permalink to tj (at) tjhirst (dot) com no later than Monday, October 27 at 12 a.m. (Central Time). Feel free to use the TIWMT image in your post.

If you don’t make that deadline, just leave the link in your comments on the Tuesday post. As this book club grows beyond just a few people, I will add an automatic link up, but I want to maintain an environment that encourages readers of all varieties, whether they are blog authors or not.

New Readers Welcome!!!


  1. Rebecca
    Nov 4, 2008

    Sounds good! Count me in!

  2. Rachel
    Nov 7, 2008

    Mmmm, excellent pick! I read that years ago! Time to read it again!

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