I've decided to participate in the Russian Reading Challenge 2008 at ExLibris.
Time is of course, part of the point. I'm going to have to make time to read things like War and Peace. For the last several years, all I've really been reading is travel and food essays. It's great for a little escape in between sibling fights, I want to read actual stories again.
I was thrilled to find this advertised on Typepad's main page (where I almost never go, so it had to be fate) because I had just picked up Crime and Punishment on CD (hey, I commute a lot, and it's unabridged, so it counts), this weekend.
Thankfully, this challenge is not a book a month, but a minimum of four books for the year. I've already read Dr. Zhivago (and seen both versions of the movie), and Anna Karenina, so I have to pick something else. Pushkin perhaps?
My list so far:
Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
War and Peace - Tolstoy
Eugene Onegin - Pushkin
Something non-fiction - Massie's Peter the Great? Any number of the Russia in WWII histories I have upstairs?
If you are interested, you can follow the discussion here. The actual challenge doesn't kick off until January, but you can start to read other people's lists there or request an invitation for yourself.