PAGES READ on Friday: 3
PAGES READ on Saturday: 7
PAGES READ on Sunday: 12
YEAR TO DATE: 1,240
CURRENTLY READING: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
BOOKS COMPLETED: 3
Don’t tell anyone (especially not Catherine), but I’m cheating on the Russian. Not with another novel, but with any other printed material I can get my hands on: newspapers, magazines, children’s books, pamphlets, community bulletins. After I’ve exhausted the available literature, I turn to other things, anything really. Playing Wii with my nieces, colouring with my daughter, watching the Superbowl with my husband. Anything to save me from the Russian.
I know it’s a classic, but I have to admit that Anna Karenina is boring me. I know more about the minutia of Levin’s farming operation than I ever cared to. Pages and pages describing how to mow the grass with a sharp scythe and a team of muzhiks, whatever they are. Ugh. Get me back to Anna and Vronsky. Catherine says the farming stuff can be skimmed but I’m not a skimmer. In the same way that I can’t abandon books unfinished, I also can’t skim. Catherine is committed to finishing it so I am too. She says there has to be a pay-off. I hope she’s right. In the meantime, I’m not even halfway through the book and my +/- is irreparably in the negative. I’ll never dig out from this; the project is doomed.