Reading: Anna Karenina

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”

The quote that inspired a weekend re-reading of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It’s been 15 years since I last read it, and I’m eager to experience it through an older, wiser lens.


  • I love re-reading old favorites. Mansfield Park was my favorite Jane Austen novel when I was 15. I re read it when I was 25 and thought, “Really?!” but it was a good experience.

  • Ah, the Russian classics…. I admit to owning this novel but haven’t started it yet. I probably should. Love Tolstoy. So much more lighthearted than Dostoevsky… lol.

  • Wow! I’m impressed – a weekend reading? I don’t think I could get through it (unless my house was already spotless, laundry done, grass stopped growing, etc.).

    This has always been on my to read list, maybe I will get to it someday.

    Last night I finished I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, which I had had on my to read list based on your judging books by their cover post (hilarious and spot on). So a big thanks for your book posts!

  • I have a little notebook that I use to write down passages from books I’ve liked, and here’s what I pulled from Anna Karenina. Have to share–from one book nerd to another:

    “She remembered the ball, remembered Vronsky and his enamored, obedient face, remembered all her relations with him: nothing was shameful. But just there, at that very place in her memories, the feeling of shame became more intense, as if precisely then, when she remembered Vronsky, some inner voice were telling her: ‘warm, very warm, hot!’”

    (Um, and I realize now that I’ve typed the whole thing out, how dorky it is to leave this in a blog comment, but I know you love me anyway. (-; )

  • My copy has the same cover. I actually grabbed it when I was buying a new Shopaholic paperback because I didn’t want the cute guy at the register to think I was shallow :D I realise this actually makes me pretty shallow hahaha. But I did read and enjoy Anna Karenina very much, though it took me a couple of months to finish it.

  • I just found a very old copy of this book…I was so excited. I’ve already packed it away for our upcoming move back to CT, but as soon as I unpack…I’m going to re-read it. I do love re-reading and especially now that my daughter is reading them all for the first time at 17.

    On another note…a just received an email from a friend that I had sent your book to for her birthday. She loved it and described it this way…. ” Color is so inspiring! It can really make you “feel” when it hits you.

    I agree…when I look through my copy…I “feel” the streets of Paris!

  • I love this book! It’s been several years since I read it, but you have inspired me to read it again. It is one of the best books ever written!

  • That is such a beautiful quote from one of my favourite books. Even though it’s quite long, as soon as I finished I knew I would read it again. I think there’s probably bits that I missed the first go around. I’m really curious to see how the new film adaptation works and how they decide to display the story. xx

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