War and Peace.
One of those books that I always meant to get around to reading but quite frankly, was too daunted to ever start. Too long, too old, bound to go over my head and all of the other excuses. So when I heard that the BBC were going to do an adaptation, I will gladly admit that I thought oh good, I can just watch it instead. But a friend of mine who actually did read it at the end of last year made me think that maybe I should give it a go after all? Victoria has recommended so many books to me over the years that I think she knows my reading taste to a tee. I still couldn’t help but think that I would always be one of those people who never gets around to reading it though. I mean come on, it’s War and Peace!
But then came the TV series. Oh my godfathers I have never enjoyed anything so much in my life. I was absolutely obsessed with it much to the bafflement of Mr Mostly. He watched the first episode and ‘wasn’t that fussed’ so I recorded it to watch by myself. (There’s nothing more annoying than watching a TV show that you love to the point of obsession with somebody who’s not that bothered. Or is that just me?) I wanted to enjoy every beautiful minute of it without somebody sat at the side of me fiddling on their phone or rolling their eyes. Anyway, if you didn’t get to see it do seek it out on iPlayer or similar, it really is unmissable. Best thing I have seen on television quite possibly ever. And the truth is that when I finished watching the series, I was left absolutely determined to have a go at reading the damn thing. I have never looked forward to reading a book so much in my whole life.
After I posted this picture on Instagram, I had lots of jokey ‘see you next year’ comments which really did made me smile! Now whilst I hope that it really won’t take me all year to read it, actually I don’t mind if it does. For me, just attempting to read Tolstoy’s tome is an achievement in itself. I know lots of people set themselves targets of reading x number of books a year and I always admire them for doing so but actually, if I read just this one book in 2016, I’ll be happy. It’s half term for us this week so I’ve probably picked the worst possible week to start a new book never mind War and bloody Peace! But such is my determination, I just couldn’t wait until next week to start it.
Have you read War and Peace? Or are you one of those people who started it but never quite finished? Or maybe one of those other people who mumble a bit and pretend to have read it because you think you should have? Don’t worry, I won’t tell! Or maybe like me you watched the BBC adaptation and thought that maybe it was time to give it a go after all? I’m certainly not going to judge! (Oh and for what it’s worth, I’m a hundred or so pages in and absolutely loving it. Fingers crossed that I make it all the way to page 1273….)