War and Peace | App Recommendation

Serial Reader App
Serial Reader App

I’ve started to use this app called serial reader to help me tackle the very large War and Peace.  So far it is helping a lot.  It has broken up the tome into 235 segments.  Each segment is about 10 to 15 minutes in reading time.  If I can stick with it, I will be done with the book in less than a year at this rate.  I’m currently around 62 segments read.  That means that I am about 27% complete with the tome.

This new way of attacking the book seems to be working for me and I’m looking forward to checking it off my list and moving onto the next large tome.

March War and Peace Update

Light afternoon reading
Light afternoon reading by smlp.co.uk

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: January Update

War and Peace is "Heavy Reading"
War and Peace is “Heavy Reading” by Jill Clardy

Last check-in I had read 2.5% of War and Peace.  So, where am I in the book? I am 6.3% into the book.  This is bad, this is very bad.  I needed to hit 8.2% by the 31st of January.  I’m 2 points or 129 pages behind on my reading.  That may not sound like much, but combined with the February goal of another 8.2% of the book or 560 pages, that is going to be a tall building to scale.

I’m reading this on my mobile phone so the pages are very small, which means there are more of them 6,822 pages at the font size I have chosen.  Do you think ‘ol Tolstoy would have every thought someone would be reading his work on a small glowing screen which made phone calls and ordered coffee in advance of their arrival at a cafe that charged over $3 for a cup of coffee?

I thought I might be able to find a group reading the book right now especially since the show is out now from BBC.  I haven’t watched any of the episodes, but I would like to.  We will see, maybe watching an episode or two would help me get more into the book.

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!