It only took me six months to read War and Peace.

Like a lot of people here in Boston, I take the T (subway) to and from work. From where I live along the Green line into Cambridge is about a forty-five minute jaunt. Some people read the newspaper, others read books, and others cram for a biology test they are on their way to. While I could get through the paper in a couple stops (for me, it’s currently an 18 stop trip from home to work) and then have nothing else to do. So I challenged myself, time to read one of those classic books that would keep me occupied for more than a week or two. It was in Costco back in January that I saw War and Peace, a recent edition released 1135 pages in length. It was cheap, I picked it up, and decided to challenge myself to see if I could read it, and actually get through it.

Seven months later I am realizing that while I like to read, and it definitely keeps me occupied, I need to actually read books I like, and not just try to challenge myself. In short, the book is about the 1812 invasion of Russia by Napoleon. The language was well written, I found I could follow it, while not getting bogged down by the endless footnotes and end notes explaining popular culture back then. The only problem I had with the book was the near endless list of characters. I couldn’t keep track of a few characters, and follow their development before more people were added to the story.

I bid you farewell War and Peace. You have lived in my messenger bag for 7 months along with my laptop and often my lunch to and from work. I’ll be glad to pawn this off onto someone who could enjoy it more than I could. I’m going back to my books that are a couple hundred pages, that while keep me occupied, are a bit more entertaining and to my liking.