Thursday, 29 January 2015

War & Peace Read-a-long 2015 Schedule


It's almost time, people!

The reading schedule is below. I've made the executive decision to extend the reading period for a further two weeks, just because there's so much to cram into such a short period of time.

On the bright side, everything I've read about War & Peace states that Tolstoy's chapters are blessedly short and apparently reading thirty chapters in a week is nothing like as unreasonable as it would be for any other book. Beside, if needs be, we can always extend the time period.  

Honestly though, I've heard that this book is good. Daunting, yes, but not overly difficult in itself. Besides, it's perfectly okay to skim-read lengthy descriptions of military tactics if that's not your thing.

Just think - in three months time, you'll have read War & Peace!

1st-8th Feb - Book One
8th-15th Feb - Book Two and Book Three
15th - 22nd Feb - Book Four and Book Five
22nd - 1st March - Book Six and Book Seven
1st - 8th March - Book Eight
8th - 15th March - Book Nine
15th - 22nd March - Book Ten (Chapters 1-30)
22nd-29th March - Book Ten (Chapters 31-39) and Book Eleven
29th -  5th April - Book Twelve
5th - 12th April - Book Thirteen
12th - 19th April - Book Fourteen and Fifteen
19th - 26th April - Epilogues

So, the above denotes the reading time. So, for example, we'll be reading Book One between the 1st and 8th of February, with posts going up on the 8th. Each week I'll post a list of questions and prompts, but it's totally up to you if you want to bother with those or not.

It's not too late to sign up - you can do so here!

Good luck everybody!


  1. Just going through putting markers in (cos I'm cool)... have you missed a week between 8th and 15th march? Hope I'm just being stupid or missing something!

    1. Yay! (and sorry for being that person :-p)

  2. Would love to do this but not sure I'd make it. I have two holidays booked and not sure this is a holiday read?

    1. Perhaps not. Then again, sometimes periods of time when you know you're ALLOWED to do nothing but read, can often be the most efficient?

  3. I do not even have a copy of the book yet. Haha. A kindle one will do for now I guess. What translation are you reading???

    1. I have this copy:

      I chose them because I'd previously read their translation of Anna Karenina and found it really accessible.

      But I wouldn't worry about it too much. We'll mostly be discussing plot and characters, and they shouldn't change too much from book to book.

    2. I wasn't worried too much about everyone using a different translation, more just that if I'm left to my own devices to choose these things I inevitably end up getting whatever the worst option is, hehe. I'm awful at choosing things!

      Accessible is good! That is one of the ones I was considering so I think I will go ahead and get that one for my kindle. Yay!

    3. Haha, that's a fair point - I tend to do much the same!

      I do have a paper copy, but I think I'll be using a Kindle version too. Not only do I NOT want to lug it around with me (heavy, much?) I also don't want to continually be forced to look at how much of the book is left!

    4. I will probably get a paper copy at some point! But yes, not having to see how much is left and not having to lug the book around everywhere should hopefully make it easier! I'm excited to start reading now, yay!

  4. I got a big giant hardcover copy from the library today, but I'll probably be buying the Kindle version too. I'm nervous, and excited!! Are we doing some sort of "starting line" post on the 1st, or are we just jumping right in with book discussion on the 8th?

    1. Haha, I'm nervous and excited too! I marked up my copy with post-its today, to go along with the reading schedule.

      As for the post, it's up to you. I'm going to do a link-up and an introductory post, but feel free to jump straight in on the 8th :)

  5. I have the same copy that you're using for the picture in the War and Peace posts. An e-book would be a lot easier to carry around, but I think it'll be encouraging to watch myself progressing visibly through the physical copy of the book. That spot where I go from having the majority of the book ahead of me to having the majority of the book behind me will be rewarding!


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