War and Peace Newbies Read-Along | Week Seven


Welcome one, welcome all, to the seventh of my weekly progress reports  for War and Peace. If you’re curious about how last week went (terribly), then you can pop on over and see part one or part two of week 6’s progress. I’ve fallen behind with the schedule, to the point that earlier today I read something close to 100 pages just so I could claw back and post last week’s weekly wrap-up vaguely on-time. I know, I know, I make such sacrifices for this readalong.

For those who have no idea what I’m going on about at all, you may want to head on over to the blog of the War and Peace Newbies Read-along host Laura from Reading In Bed. Every week I’m doing a short progress post or wrap-up of my thoughts so far on the book, all very low key, probably in the form of bullet points, and likely not always coherent. So don’t expect eloquence or a comprehensive guide to the novel is what I’m trying to say – at best, my approach is scatter-gun and what catches my eye probably isn’t the most important detail in the text. Expectations lowered accordingly?

In my last posts, I summarised the action from Volume II Part V and Volume III Part I but this past week I moved onto Volume III Part II and officially broke the 900 page mark. There’s no turning back now, we’ve reached the point of no return (hopefully)…

Well that was it, folks, that was week 7. I never want to have to rush to catch-up with the reading schedule ever again – if there’s anything I’ve learnt from this experience it’s to not sign up for a reading challenge, readalong, and read A Dance with Dragons at the same time. Learn from my mistakes, people!

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8 responses to “War and Peace Newbies Read-Along | Week Seven”

  1. HAHA Janice! That’s perfect. You know Tolstoy is a good writer because somehow, these HUGE coincidences (and there are more in that vein to come) don’t come off as ridiculous.

    I felt some genuine feelings in this section too. I even cried when the old man died. More for Marya, she’s so pathetic lol.


  2. This is hilarious! I only skimmed this because I literally just started reading War and Peace myself, but once I finish I will definitely be back to read through this!


  3. Pierre just, like, sauntering into the war was the most WTF part of the whole book so far. Like, who does that? Thank you for keeping up! I’m *just* caught up with reading, but as for a post, I don’t know! Working on that tonight.


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