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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.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Alexis

I’ve had this book on my “to read” list for a very long time. I need to get to it!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jessica

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.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by CitricSugar

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.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by keishua

i’ve started it many time. always wanted to finish. btw, you and i that always wanted to finish list is quite long. happy reading.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Ann

Most frustrating, infuriating female literary heroine ever.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Amy

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. (-; )

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kara

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!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

LOL! Just google Tolstoy quotes and you’ll be in the mood.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

I’ve had that experience as well. Re-reading things is so fun because you can react so differently as you get older.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by arvee

This books is also on my “to read” list. I’m challenging myself to read the classics. ♥

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