Everyone is probably wondering why on earth would I join another challenge? I was wondering the same thing, but his one is too good to pass up. I have been making my way through the Russian literary greats but much too slowly, and this challenge will help me focus and give me connection with friends who are doing the same thing as I. What better reason to join?
The requirements are as follows:
Because this is a classics blog, I would limit it to classic literature. It can be a novel by a Russian author or a novel set in Russia, and how you choose to define "classic" is up to you. And, of course, you can use books from any other challenge you've set yourself. Finally, you can list list your books before you start, or, like me, you can just explore and read whatever comes your way.
There are four levels:
- Level one: 1 - 3 books
- Level two: 4 - 6 books
- Level three: 7 - 12 books
- Level four: 12 + books
If there's enough interest, I'll put a post up each quarter for people to link any posts may have written.
So, if you want to join in, write a post on your own blog writing your intentions, then leave me a comment so I know to read it.
I am going to go completely against my nature and be conservative, aiming for Level One.
1. Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
2. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
3. Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
4. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
5. Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev
The Eugene Onegin Read-Along will soon give me my first Russian book for the year.
Best of luck with the challenge, everyone! And thanks to O for creating it!