Classics, first-impressions

First-Impressions: Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina (Collectors Library): Amazon.co.uk: Leo Tolstoy:  9781907360008: Books

For THE LONGEST TIME, I somehow misread the title of this book and thought it was “Anne” Karenina. It was only after I was 10% through this book (ah, the joys of reading on Kindle) that I realised it was “Anna” and was mortifyingly disappointed in myself. I swear I saw it say “Anne” somewhere.. it must be to do with the translation…

Anyways, in yesterday’s post, I discussed how I sometimes know I’m going to love a book before I have read it, and this is partially the case with this book. Partially, because although I knew that this was a timeless classic (check) and the premise was absolutely intriguing (check) and it is considered the greatest novel of all time (wow it’s just screaming at me at this point)… I think this may possibly be the first time I’ve read a Russian book (translated, of course) and my first book from Leo Tolstoy so I wasn’t sure how those two factors would play out. I was also hesitant to begin, because it is one thousand pages long (the equivalent to three normal sized books) and I didn’t want to be stuck into one book for… lord save me, the whole summer.

Nevertheless, I was hopeful. In my experiences in reading Alexandre Dumas’ book The Count of Monte Cristo (which I’m still reading – please forgive me it’s also one thousand pages… there is a story to my relationship with this book which I can talk about in another post – I started on ebook and then purchased myself a lovely copy) I realised the necessity of having a good translation, so I Googled to find the best translation of Anna Karenina and ensured that my ebook had that translation and then I began my reading.

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Discussions

Knowing a Favourite Book Before You’ve Read It…

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is discussion-orientated, and is going to be around whether you are able to guess you are going to love a book (or not) before you have read it. Ever since I’ve started reading, my attitude towards whether I start reading a book or not has definitely changed over the years. When I was younger, I would just pick up a book and read it… but now, I put a lot more thought into whether I’m going to start a book or not, and that has definitely changed how accurate my guesses are on whether I will like it or not.

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memes

Good Covers VS Good Plots | Let’s Talk Bookish #8

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! Today I’m once again participating in the weekly meme Let’s Talk Bookish hosted by the lovely Rukky @ Eternity Reads 🙂

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