Another Challenge

So I'll also be doing the Russian Reading Challenge. Being of Russian descent (mixed in with a good dash of Italian and a bunch of American Mutt) I've always felt like I should know more about where my grandfather's father and his parents were born. My world history classes in high school didn't really touch on the country but for the big bad USSR of the Cold War and i didn't have to take anything about it in college either. I've never had to read any of the big Russian novelists, though i have touched on various shorter things and plays in college. also, besides some fiction i definitely am going to include some history on my list. my tentative list so far is:
  1. Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  3. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  5. House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  7. Russia and the Russians by Geoffrey Hosking

I may decide to swap or throw in an additional but i feel that 7 books for a four book challenge should be a decent showing. I am NOT going to even think of tackling War and Peace. it is just too frightening. Maybe for next year's RIP? 5 of these are on my 1001 list so that gets a few more done!

I also think i may do the whole "toss all the book names in a bucket and pull them randomly" thing for these challenges next year, at least for the ones running all year long. i will need some kind of calendar or perhaps set up some kind of file on my MDA to keep up with all the books!


  1. So glad you're joining in the challenge, Melanie! Great list - we share many of the same titles :)


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