March War and Peace Update

Light afternoon reading
Light afternoon reading by

This is not a good update.  I’m way, way behind on reading this.  I should be around 16 almost 17% through the book.  When I last checked in with you in February I was at 6.3%.  I am now at 7.2%.  I have not been picking on this book very often.  Even the fact that it is on my phone has not helped me read more.  I thought that would increase my reading of it since I always have my phone so it is more convenient for me to read the book.  But, there is always something else that I want to read more than this book.

I also thought that if I got all the War and Peace episodes from the new 2016 television mini-series that would get me more into reading this book.  It has not.  I’ve read 35 books so far this year.  Most of them, I’ve read after having already started War and Peace, but I just can’t bring myself to pick up this book and as for the television show, I can’t seem to work up the excitement needed to turn that on either.  There is just always a book I would rather spend my time with instead of watching anything on tv.

Currently, I’m avoiding War and Peace by reading Notes from a Small Island and Golden Son.   Both much more immersive than War and Peace.  Any suggestions on how I can get excited about reading War and Peace?

Reading War and Peace

War and Peace
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Yep, I’m doing it.  I’m going to read the mother of all books.  The big one, the doorstop, the massive tome know as War and Peace the Russian that looks a little like Rasputin to me, Leo Tolstoy.  But don’t worry I have a plan.  I’ve gotten the full, unabridged audio version, all 48 CDs and 61 hours!  The library had that.  Boom, savings of $44 bucks!  I picked up the Cliff Notes too, again from the library.

However, so far, I have been reading it mostly on my phone.  Strange huh?  The chapters are pretty short from what I’ve read.  I’m only on chapter 8.  I’m reading slow.  My 2 year old loves to listen to me read it at her bed time.  It puts her to sleep quickly, 😉

I did borrow the paper version from the library too, but had to give it back quickly, it is just too thick to hold and read for any long amount of time.

War and Peace Progress
War and Peace Progress

Pitiful, I know I’m only 2.5% completed with the book.  I’ll update you as I go along, but so far the book is not boring.  It is not what I would call a page-turner either though.  The goal is to finish the book by the end of this year.  I’m not even sure if I’m on pace for that or not.

I do have ankle surgery coming up and will be unable to put any weight on my foot for at least 2 weeks, so that should give me some time to put into reading this.  Next, you will ask, why I’m reading this.

Well readers love lists and this is on one of the only list I have been working on for the past several years.  The BBC 100.  I need to post that list up here and my progress on it too.  Thats all for now, I’ll keep you updated on how it is going when I make some progress on the thing.  For now, back to reading!

Isle of the Lost

Isle of the Lost
Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

I’m reading Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz with my daughter who is 7 years old.  She loved the made for TV movie Descendants.  We have only read the introduction so far, but it seems to be, from the goodreads description, a prequel to the movie.  We also had to get the soundtrack for this for our daughter and she has some of the dolls as well.

That seems to be what happens when she sees a movie that she likes.  She wants the dolls and soundtrack.  I’m really happy that with this movie there are follow-up or prequel books to read with her.