Monday, November 1, 2010

November's Theme: Russian/Soviet Literature

This month I'm going to do something different for me- a month-long reading challenge focused on Russian and Soviet literature. (I'm going to use the term "Russian" as a broad term though I realize it's not strictly speaking correct to do so. Please forgive me.)

Russian literature has been a lifelong interest for me. One of the very first adult books I read was Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych and other Stories and I still have my beat-up paperback I bought at a used bookstore when I was probably 13. Next came Dostoevsky's The Idiot and from there I was hooked.

This month, I'm going to dig deep into my TBR pile and read as many Russian-authored and Russian-themed books as I can.There's the photo of the stack. The stack includes short stories, a graphic novel, and novel-length fiction long and short, old and new. Probably, Life and Fate will come last if I get to it at all.

I don't expect to finish it all!

Over the course of the month I'll blog reviews of books as I read them and also review a few other books that I've read and not reviewed that fit. (I will also post reviews of non-Russian books as needed to fill in gaps now and then.) Memes will be answered with Russian literature in mind. I also have a couple of great interviews lined up- one with an author with a great new book, and one with a fellow blogger. Hope to see you back often for this fun series!