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Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
In 1872 the mistress of a neighbouring landowner threw herself under a train at a station near Tolstoy's home. This gave Tolstoy the starting point he needed for composing what many believe to be the greatest novel ever written. In writing Anna Karenina he moved away from the vast historical sweep of War and Peace to tell, with extraordinary understanding, the story of an aristocratic woman who brings ruin on herself. Anna's tragedy is interwoven with not only the courtship and marriage of Kitty and Levin but also the lives of many other characters. Rich in incident, powerful in characterization, the novel also expresses Tolstoy's own moral vision. `The correct way of putting the question is the artist's duty', Chekhov once insisted, and Anna Karenina was the work he chose to make his point. It solves no problem, but it is deeply satisfying because all the questions are put correctly. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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CrystalE02
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I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the story and the characters. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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Helsky
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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I finally read this. It only took me three months!

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IndoorDame
Anna Karenina | Tolstoy, Leo
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Eggs Profound ♥️♥️ 3w
lil1inblue 😍 😍 😍 3w
dabbe ❤️💜🩷 3w
ShelleyBooksie That's beautiful 2w
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Pickpick

So many characters to keep up with, but I can see why this is considered a classic!

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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FINALLY just over halfway through this book!

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JacintaMCarter
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Mehso-so

#2023Book61
The main story is great and maybe one or two of the side plots. But overall, there is way too much going on in this novel and way too many characters to keep track of.

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dabbe
Anna Karenina | Tolstoy
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#VolumesandVocals
#BadRomance (LadyG)
@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Both relationships in ANNA KARENINA = BAD. #pooranna

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤📚👌🏻 8mo
Eggs ❤️💔🖤 8mo
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Infinite_Adnan
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

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keepingupwiththepenguins
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Mehso-so

I can‘t believe I‘m actually saying this, but as far as I‘m concerned, Anna Karenina is just… fine? It wasn‘t the dreadful slog I was worried it might be, but it wasn‘t brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same either. If you‘re thinking about reading it, go ahead – there‘s no reason to be afraid. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/anna-karenina-leo-tolstoy-review/

Ruthiella I read it a long time ago but I DREADED the parts with Levin and his interminable thoughts. 😂 13mo
Lindy @Ruthiella I was the opposite! I enjoyed Levin‘s pontifications but got really impatient with Anna and her shenanigans. Is it offensive to say I was pleased with the outcome for Anna? 😬 13mo
AvidReader25 @Lindy I‘m with you Lindy. I loved watching Levin‘s transformation and got tired of Anna. 13mo
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BarbaraBB And I am with you @Ruthiella although I loved the book as a whole. I read it in my teens and was so proud of myself that I did! 13mo
IuliaC We should bear in mind it was published in 1878. It makes sense we don't resonate anymore neither with the plot, nor with the characters or the writing style... 13mo
CarolynM I‘m #TeamLevin too @batsy @AvidReader25 @Lindy but like @BarbaraBB I was a teenager when I read it so I was completely on board with the grand passion and very much moved by Anna‘s fate. 13mo
BarbaraBB Exactly @CarolynM ! The drama! 13mo
batsy @CarolynM I read it as an adult and absolutely loved it. The epic grandeur, the language... Just got a teeny bit annoyed with Anna as @Lindy 😍said but even that basically added to the experience 😁 13mo
CatMS Recently bought a used copy from my library bookstore, as thought it was time to read it. A friend read it recently and like it. Also said it wasn't difficult. 12mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @CatMS I think the right translation makes a big difference. Enjoy! ❤️ 12mo
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Texreader
Anna Karenina | Lev Tolstoj
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In case anyone wants a deal on an ebook chunkster, tagged ebook is on sale today

Bklover This will sound extravagant but I have this on my nook but not my kindle. I don‘t use the nook much anymore, so I bought it!😬. Thank you!!❤️ 14mo
Texreader @Bklover Yay!! It‘s not extravagant when it‘s on sale for that price!! 14mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom Thanks for the heads up! 14mo
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MrsMalaprop
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Just finished this awesome bookish puzzle 🧩. I have the first lines mug & when I saw someone on here 🤔 post this puzzle, I had to get one for me, and one for my puzzling book-loving friend Sophie for Christmas ❤️🙏🎄.

Lindy I have a mug version… not as many first lines fit on it, but the layout is the same. 👍 1y
MrsMalaprop @lindy I have the mug too 😊 1y
WorldsOkayestStepMom Oh I need this puzzle. 1y
Rissreads Love it! 👏🏻 1y
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Ast_Arslan
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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A little break

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RowReads1
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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😍. It‘s a book, no no it‘s a film. Ok still awesome. https://www.nybooks.com/online/2022/11/22/the-agony-of-sophia-tolstoy/?utm_mediu...

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dabbe
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A sweeping panoramic view of late 19th-century Russia and the strict confines of noble women. I was surprised to see that Levin was more like Anna than any other character, and the novel was really about both of them: both aspired to a life of happiness, but only Levin achieved it. Though Anna is indeed a tragic character, she was unlikable at times, but maybe she wouldn't have been if she had lived in modern times.

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AllDebooks
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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#letterA
@CBee is hosting #manicmonday favourites game.
Feel free to join in the fun. Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 😊
📚 Fiction - tagged, non-fic - All quiet on the western front by Erich Maria Remarque
✍️ Margaret Atwood... always
🎬 Alien
🎤 Aha
🎶 A kiss from a rose - Seal

Cinfhen Excellent choices!!! 2y
CBee Good choices! Thanks for playing 😊😊 2y
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PezFilledCookies
Anna Karenina | Tolstoy, Leo
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“‘No.‘ he said to himself, ‘however good that life of simplicity and toil may be. I cannot go back to it. I love her,‘”
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#Reading #BookRecommendation #Bookstagram#SummerReading #Fiction #LiteraryFiction #CurrentlyReading #MustRead #AnnaKarenina #LeoTolstoy #ClassicLit #RussianLit

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idealityandme
Anna Karenina | Tolstoy
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Umm...do I need one?

#authorclock

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La_Cori
Anna Karenina | Lev Tolstoj
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#alphabetgame
#letterA

I read it a couple years ago, during the very first lockdown.. Loved it! 💙

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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HettyG
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t y‘all. I‘m blaming modern day short attention span, if I‘m being nice…. But really it‘s just kind of a boring book IMHO, just not for me 😆

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harper.pixie
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
Mehso-so

A classic Russian novel. Tolstoy when he‘s out of his comfort zone is far more interesting. Not quite as wonderful and earth shaking as Lolita, but it‘s certainly well written and a fun read. The kind of book you can read over a few months next to your bed.

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HettyG
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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I just don‘t know about this y‘all. I am on part 2 and somehow still have 23 hours left. In confusion I thought to check the chapter list because how many parts can a novel have and it has EIGHT PARTS people! And I mean, the story is charming? And the characters lively and entertaining? Still…. Eight parts, man…. That‘s a lot of parts.

StaceGhost I‘ve never stopped thinking about this book! 2y
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HettyG
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I have 28 hours of driving coming up, so I‘m trying Anna Karenina again, I feel like I‘ve tried it before but now I don‘t really remember why I bailed, but if I remember I‘ll be sure to quit on it again, but this time I‘ll record why on here 😆

Ericalambbrown I have never made it through this due to gratuitous depression 😂 2y
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Ast_Arslan
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
@TheNeverendingTBR Thanks for the tag 😘

1. Yes, I do. I have a TBR dedicated to classic 🤣
2. Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary will be next 🤟🏻

TheNeverendingTBR We need to get a readalong going 🙋 2y
Ast_Arslan @TheNeverendingTBR I'll tell you once I will finish the current one! 2y
TheSpineView On my list also. Thanks for playing! 2y
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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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It‘s not a bad book but the story got really slow and boring in a lot of chapters imo.
I really enjoyed Kitty and Levin‘s love story, probably my favorite part.
Anna‘s story was heartbreaking she made a lot of mistakes but she was still a victim to society and it got into her head so bad to a point where she had no faith or hope in anyone anymore.
Overall the book was beautifully written and talks about themes that are relevant to this day.

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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

“my whole life, independently of anything that may happen to me, is every moment of it no longer meaningless as it was before, but has an unquestionable meaning of goodness with which I have the power to invest it.”

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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

“Levin kissed her carefully on her smiling lips, offered his arm, and with a feeling of strange closeness led her out of the church. He could not believe it was all true, and only realized it when their surprised and timid glances met and he felt that they were already one.”

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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

“He seized the chalk with nervous, trembling fingers, broke
it, and wrote the initial letters of the following: 'I have
nothing to forget or forgive, I never ceased to love you.”

This chalk episode and confession between Kitty and Levin might be my favorite from this book, it was very beautiful and pure.

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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

“Not only in that room but in the whole world there existed for him nothing but Kitty and himself; and he had now acquired a great significance and importance.”

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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

“She was frightened, shy, shamefaced, and therefore even more charming. She saw him as soon as he entered. She had been waiting for him. She was filled with joy, and that joy made her feel so confused that for a moment when, as he was approaching the hostess, he again glanced at her, Kitty herself, he, and Dolly all thought she would not be able to control herself but would burst into tears.”

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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

“Now, when he heard that she was here, he was suddenly filled with such joy and at the same time with such fear, that it took away his breath and he could not utter what he wished to say.”

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roronoazoro
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

“At the very moment when this vision was about to disappear, her candid eyes fell on him. She recognized him and joyful surprise lit up her face. He could not be mistaken. There were no other eyes in the world like them. In the whole world there was only one being able to unite in itself the universe and the meaning of life for him. It was Kitty.”

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zurazureen
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Story about love and sacrifices

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lost.in.the.words
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Tale told again and again and again throughout history, but none as good as Tolstoy has.

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Mccall0113
Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoi
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My goal is to keep up with AK buddy read and finish Song of Achilles. And possibly work on Star Mother. #joyousjanuary #readathon

tpixie That‘s great you are reading AK! and going to school! I‘m waiting to retire to read it! Lol 😂 hopefully by that time my brain can still remember what I‘ve read 300 pages before!!! I liked Song of Achilles and Circe. 2y
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2y
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Mccall0113
Anna Karenina | Lev Tolstoj
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I‘m going in! May not come out for weeks. Check@out this card!

ChaoticMissAdventures I read this for fun in college and loved it! It is dense my biggest tip is to write your own character list, there are SO many names! 2y
EclecticBookLover Good luck! I have yet to get through this one. I'm determined to one day! 2y
Kristin_Reads Love AK! I would be tempted to keep that card! 2y
Jensol77 The good old days of a library card. 2y
Tamra This was an immersive read so the length was no problem! 2y
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Christyco125
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Bailedbailed

I don‘t know if it‘s Maggie Gyllenaal or the story but I can go no further. With 25h 39m to go, I‘m throwing in the towel (for now). This is going on the #DNF pile of maybe, I‘ll come back to it. #audio #christyread #audible

SRWCF Bummer! I loved the book when I read it. 2y
marleed I almost picked up this book thrifting last week, but decided I didn‘t want to put that reading pressure on myself when Dr Zhivago still sits unread on my shelves! 2y
Christyco125 @SRWCF I may give it another shot either as a physical book or with a different voice actor. This one just dragged on. 2y
SRWCF @Christyco125 I can see how this book could be boring as an audio book. It wasn't an easy read for me. Before starting the book, I went online and found a list of characters in order to keep them straight since I wasn't familiar with Russian names. I printed out the list and kept it with me at all times. I think that helped me to follow the story better. I hope you give it another chance. 🙂 2y
DivineDiana Agree with @SRWCF. I also had a printed list of characters. The book is wonderful! I hope you give it another chance in print! 2y
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MissLiteraryAli
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Anna read and understood, but it was unpleasant for her to read, that is, to follow the reflection of other people‘s lives. She wanted too much to live herself.

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Emilymdxn
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I was late deciding on my #12booksof2021 so I decided to present it to you in two parts rather than 12. Here is January to June! June was the month i finished reading the whole Sandman series so I‘m listing it as 1 thing since I could never choose between all the books, I love them all far too much. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Some good choices. 2y
Liz_M What a fantastic selection! Magic Mountain was especially poignant to read during covid times, I thought. And the Pessoa is lovely! 2y
Graywacke What @Liz_M said except that I haven‘t read Pessoa. What a great six months of reading! 2y
batsy Love Disquiet, Anna Karenina, and Sandman! The Plague and Magic Mountain high on the TBR. 2y
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aliyah.__2004
Anna Karenina | Tolstoy, Leo

"if it is true that there are as many kinds of brains as there are heads then it is also true that there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts."
-Leo Tolstoy

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rachelk
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I avoided this book because I thought it would be difficult. It‘s not. Tolstoy is brilliant but straightforward with his transcendent story of love, betrayal, family and social class. I wish I‘d read it sooner. ♥️

JamieArc I had the same experience. It was much more readable than I expected and really enjoyed it. 2y
rachelk @JamieArc Yes! I found Tolstoy so accessible I‘m thinking of tackling War and Peace next year. 🤓 (edited) 2y
DivineDiana Agree! I thank Oprah for encouraging her Book Club to challenge themselves! 2y
rachelk @DivineDiana I read that Oprah said, “Don‘t be scared” and she was absolutely right. 2y
DivineDiana How I love that Oprah shares and promotes the love of books! ❤️👏🏻📚 2y
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TheSpineView
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Klou Brilliant! 2y
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Ast_Arslan
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My 2022 TBR 🤟🏻🤟🏻
Only 7 books but they're massive 😂 6.299 pages total ❤

From top to bottom

1. L'orda del vento - Alain Damasio
2. A little life - Hanya Yanagihara
3. From here to eternity - James Jones
4. Anna Karenina - Lev Tolstoj
5. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
6. Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin
7. The priory of the orange tree - Samantha Shannon

Did you read any of these? Did you like them?

night_shift 😲 the year of chunksters! I haven't read any of these but A Little Life and The Priory of the Orange Tree have been collecting dust on my shelf. Really need to get them read. Anyway, good luck! 2y
Ast_Arslan @UnidragonFrag same of these are in the shelf from years, so I easily relate to you 😂😅 2y
night_shift @Ast_Arslan there's just so many other good books to read! It really is endless 🥲 2y
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HollyBolly Oh boy! Good luck! 2y
Ast_Arslan @HollyBolly thank you 😂🧡 2y
Ast_Arslan @UnidragonFrag and more have to come 😱 that's truly endless 2y
RaeLovesToRead A little life is incredible but full of pain and suffering. I also have priory of the orange tree, Anna karenina and norrell and strange on my to read list. Not sure whether I'll get to them in 2022 though - it took me 18 months to read War & Peace! 2y
Ast_Arslan @RaeLovesToRead a lot of people told me the same about A little life that's why I can't wait to read it 😂 Don't say that, you scare me 😂 I have War & Peace in my list since childhood 😂 2y
RaeLovesToRead 😄 despite the pain and suffering, it is one of those books that you never forget! 2y
AnneCecilie I‘ve read A Little Life, Anna Karenina + Norrell and Strange. I‘ve loved them love. 2y
Ruthiella I love long books because you really LIVE them as a reader! I loved Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell. I‘ve also read Anna Karenina and From Here To Eternity, both of which I appreciated, but occasionally found challenging. (edited) 2y
Bookwomble I've only read Jonathan Strange from your list, which I really enjoyed. 2y
Ast_Arslan @AnneCecilie @Ruthiella @Bookwomble I hope to love it too ❤ thanks for the recommendation 2y
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StaceGhost
Anna Karenina | Leon Tolstoi
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Almost time for my annual rereading of sad Russians to truly set off the winter chill ❤️🤓💀

Yuki_Onna Loool! 😂😂😂 I guess I'm of French/Russian origin, then... 😆 2y
SamanthaMarie This is hysterical 2y
StaceGhost @Yuki_Onna hahaha! Yes! What a great combination & I know @SamanthaMarie my fellow book nerd sent it to me lol he‘s a Russian for sure 2y
slategreyskies Oh my god, I‘m dying!! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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LapReader
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Mehso-so

This is the Little Free Library I hike up the hill to of a Wednes. It‘s the only weeknight I‘m not training for my ballet exam so it‘s like a midweek break. I really look forward to my Wednesdays & enjoy a wine & a read with my stretch after my walk. I also usually go to bed as the sun sets with a pot of tea & a book. I finally start to recover from the weekend before the most tiring part of my week. Not long now before I‘m on school summer hols.

SamanthaMarie This is such a cute LFL!! It sounds like things are pretty exhausting right now. I'm so sorry! I'm glad you have that one night a week to be cozy. 2y
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Martta
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These are so beautiful! Saw these in a bookstore in Tallinn. 😍

Leftcoastzen Wow! 2y
IuliaC Wonderful covers! 2y
CarolynM Very beautiful 😍 2y
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous! Do you live there? 2y
Martta @BarbaraBB It was a business trip from Helsinki. I spent there a week and visited couple of bookstores. 😊📚 2y
BarbaraBB Cool business trip. I‘d like to go there one time too. 2y
Martta @BarbaraBB You definitely should. It's a beautiful country. 😁👍 2y
BarbaraBB I heard Estonia is the most beautiful Baltic country. Do you agree or haven‘t you visited Latvia and Lithuania? (edited) 2y
Martta @BarbaraBB I actually haven't visited Latvia or Lithuania so I can't tell. But Estonia is beautiful and it has a long history as well. Tallinn has an awesome old city&fortress ruins right at the center. Spent there quite a bit of time last week. I highly recommend. 2y
BarbaraBB Thanks, I am definitely keeping it in mind! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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AvidReader25
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I'm halfway through this reread. Since reading it the 1st time, I‘ve gotten married & had kids, it‘s amazing how different a book can feel when your experiences change. There are so many moments that resonate with me. The Kitty/Levin arch reminds me of Persuasion & Anna‘s story is heartbreaking in new ways when you consider the standard women were held to. Beautifully written with themes that are still relevant today, I can‘t wait to keep reading!

SamAnne Keep meaning to get to this one after finally reading War and Peace last year. 3y
EvieBee Beautiful picture and edition. Oddly, the Levin angle most intrigued me. (edited) 3y
AvidReader25 @SamAnne I loved it more than W&P! 3y
AvidReader25 @EvieBee I think Levin‘s story and his character growth are way more interesting! 3y
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Woozy-Shooz
Mehso-so

You gotta love Anna, but the novel should have been called “Constantine Levin” bc LT seemed much more more concerned with him. Levin‘s “solution” to the problem of living seems prosaic in light of the 20th and 21st centuries. Agricultural bliss. I live in New York. It just doesn‘t ring true.