I DID IT.
I finished Anna Karenina.
After interminable hours slogging through it, I have decided that I am going to be more mercenary about ditching books I am not enjoying. Up till now I’ve always slogged through to the end no matter what, but I have so many books to get through and so many I want to read in future why should I continue to read something I don’t enjoy? I don’t do it with any other form of media so why books? Saying all that, I was determined to finish Anna Karenina. Why? So, I could say with all good conscience that I gave it a chance. That and I have a great excuse now to never even attempt to read War and Peace. My future advice re: Anna Karenina for anyone reading it who feels for some reason they MUST read it – just watch a film adaptation. I really am a fan of the classics in general but I borderline hated this book. Next time I find myself slogging through 800 pages of poorly veiled woman hating I’ll try and remember this post.
In other news I’ve been reading some absolutely fantastic ARCs from Netgalley. I went a little wild last week and started requesting lots of books despite having a huge pile of library books to get through. There were three I was desperate to get from Canongate which I was successfully able to get which made my day. One in particular, Salt on Your Tongue: Women and the Sea by Charlotte Runcie has a Scottish focus so for obvious reasons appeals to me. At the moment I’m reading The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea which is wonderful so far. It’s a mystery set in 1600s Iceland and reminds me a little of a mix of Bluebeard with hints of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Long story short, it’s fantastic so far.
This weekend I also read The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason which was an enjoyable short read. Some of the stories were better than others which is always the case with these things, but I always enjoy a riff on the Classics, and it’s helped me like Odysseus a bit more. After reading Circe by Madeline Miller and The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker I wasn’t feeling particularly well disposed towards him, but I think we’re taking steps to mend our relationship. He really is still an awful git though.
I also received my first Illumicrate last week. I try not to buy into fripperies but this seems really good so far and it came with two books which is a bonus. One is a Japanese themed YA novel which sounds quite promising so i’m looking forward to making a start on that. I also treated myself to the upcoming Grisha box which comes with a special edition of King of Scars. How could I resist? Leigh Bardugo can basically do no wrong in my mind so it’s definitely worth it. The only downside will be waiting a few days after release to read the book!