Saturday, March 2, 2013

Anna Karenina Cleans My House

Jessica at Quirky Bookworm is hosting a Classics Catch-Up Challenge. Somehow I missed reading most of the novels on her list, so I thought I’d make myself a more well-rounded, cultured individual by taking part in the challenge. A little positive peer pressure, right?

The first book up is Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. And I failed. I read 34 of the 800+ pages. Here are some of the things I did instead of reading Anna Karenina:
  • crafted with Toddler Train Man
  • read blogs and lots of books
  • played trains. a LOT!
  • cleaned the bathroom
  • scrubbed the floor. on my hands and knees.
I just couldn’t get into the book. The book was originally published as a series in a magazine, so it probably needed to have a lot of repetition in that format. In a book, not so much. I thought the story line—love, hijinks, families—would be right up my alley, but I guess my 21st century expectations were too fast for the 19th century novel. I think if the action could be distilled to its essence—maybe 200 pages or so—I’d enjoy it.

My secret is out. I’d rather clean my house than read this classic. I was reminded of a post I read on Edge of Story about required reading. When you have to read something, is some of the joy automatically taken out? And does calling a book a “classic” make it more scholarly/less fun? And how clean would my house be if I’d persevered through all of Anna Karenina? We'll never know. 

Have you read Anna Karenina? What are your favorite classics?


  1. Ha ha ha - I haven't read Anna Karenina but I loved the honesty in this post!

  2. Sounds like a much better way to spend your time than reading Anna Karenina!

  3. :) Sorry you couldn't finish it... but thanks for linking up!
    And congrats on the clean house!