Start The Year With A Classic of World Literature!

Happy New Year everyone! I send you my warmest wishes for every happiness in 2022.

For many, like me, one sure route to happiness is through reading. As I have discussed previously on this blog, I gained a huge amount of pleasure in 2021 from reading great works of literature a few pages a day, with the result that I was able to get through books that had seemed too formidable previously. This time last year, I was embarking on a daily read Dante’s The Divine Comedy. I went on to read Quo Vadis, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and David Copperfield in the same way. And of course I also hosted the #KaramazovReadalong with my dear friends Becky, and Elisabeth. What a stupendous project that was. I was delighted to find an accessible way to read all these classics.

And so, for 2022, Becky, Elisabeth and I are back with another Readalong adventure. This year, from 5 January to 31 December, we’ll be reading Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace. This has 361 chapters, each only a couple of pages long. So once again, we’ll be taking it day by day and gaining all the benefits of community reading along the way.

The three of us talk about this Readalong in our latest gathering on Becky’s brilliant Tea, Toast and Trivia podcast. Why not start 2022 by listening to our discussion about Russian New Year traditions, and our plans for #WarAndPeace2022.

You can read more about the Readalong on my #WarAndPeace2022 Readalong page. And be sure also check out the Reading Schedule and my list of Related Resources too. It’s going to be a marvellous adventure. Why not join us?!

27 thoughts on “Start The Year With A Classic of World Literature!

  1. I loved W&P when I read it a few years ago, so I’m looking forward to your posts! I did want to read a different translation but I don’t think I can commit to a readalong at the moment, even such a lovely gentle one. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead Liz!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Madame B! Do feel free to chip in any time – it is always great to have your comments. And wishing you a very happy reading-filled 2022! X

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    1. Haha yes, one extreme to the other. There’ll be plenty of time for extra Tolstoy reading through the year, so I would not rule out looking at some of his short stories for contrast. 😀

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  2. I too am looking forward to following your posts Liz and I’ll be using your other readalong posts aswell as I need to read Dante and Karamazov and I have Hunchback on my list for this year – thank you and Happy New Year!!

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    1. Haha I know what you mean! The idea is to provide a gentle reading framework for anyone who feel daunted to tackle such a long work. I sometimes find that one chapter in a day isn’t enough. And other days I don’t have time for any reading at all. So it all balances out in the end. Everyone is welcome to read at their own pace in their own way. 😀


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