So, friends, I am reading War & Peace! It’s already hard and I’m not sure I like it but I know I don’t hate it (which is possibly more important than liking it, when it comes to me reading classics because typically I suck at them), so I’m forging ahead. This is a read along hosted by Amy and Iris that lasts ALL YEAR! I figured I could handle reading this huge chunkster if I took the entire year to do it. So, here we go. Here are my answers to Amy’s questions for our first check-in after finishing Book 1, Part 1.

1) Why are you reading War & Peace?
Great question. I’m really not sure. I guess because I don’t read enough of the classics and this seemed like a good way to get one of THE classics under my belt. We’ll see how it works out for me!

2) What translation are you reading? Are you reading print, ebook, or audio?
I’m reading the Nook version which is the same as the Kindle version.

3) So far, is it different than you expected or the same?
I didn’t really know what to expect to be honest! I expected it to be hard and it kind of is, but it is slightly more readable than I was afraid it would be.

4) Do you have a favorite character? (lol just asking–I feel like I barely know these people)
I completely agree – I barely know them! There are SO many characters, it’s truly kind of overwhelming, and I think it’ll be a little while before I really can pick favorites.

5) Do you have any other predictions or expectations for the rest of the book?
Honesty, I don’t know yet. I’m still trying to get my first impressions together. I’m definitely having a tough time not getting completely lost or drifting off to sleep (LOL) but I do like the conversations of politics that happen randomly but also seem to be happening constantly.

6) What was your favorite part of the first section?
That I finished it! Haha sad but true.

7) What do you see as the biggest obstacle to finishing?
All those other shiny, more fun and exciting books that distract me. Oh, and my complete lack of willpower when it comes to finishing any book I’m not enjoying. But I think I’ll be okay once I start getting some of the characters straight.

 That’s it so far! I’m hoping that once I have one more section under my belt I’ll be feeling a little more confident in my understanding of what the heck is going on. Or perhaps that’s wishful thinking, we’ll just have to see …

Have you ever read War & Peace? What did you think?