Tome Topple Round 14 Wrap Up!

Hello Patrons! 🙂

I wanted to wrap up my reading journey through this past round of Tome Topple. Besides reading Chain Of Iron by Cassandra Clare (which was 656 pages), I read about 55 pages of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and about 35 pages of Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X Kendi.

Not much happened in Anna Karenina so far. It’s a lot of families doing family things and being horrible people. (Spoiler alert if you did not know this). Anna and Vronsky have just started making advances toward each other. Kitty has gotten sick after falling in love. You know the usual in mid-19th century in Russia stuff. I like the description of nature and people. I think the translation is fantastic. It’s very readable, and the footnotes help a ton. I am interested to see if I were to pick up another translation of Anna Karenina what I would think if I were to have the same experience. I have a little bit left of part 2, so I am excited to see where the plot goes.

On the completely other end of the spectrum, Four Hundred Souls is both very educational and incredibly disheartening. American history has been taught to us all wrong folks! Spoiler alert. Kendi and other contributors dismantle the history we’ve been taught in school surrounding the topic of slavery and race. After every 10 essays there is a poem on the time of history that was just discussed. I thought that is a cool touch. I am … (enjoying is the wrong word) still intrigued when reading this. I am going to continue reading this in April, along with Anna Karenina.

If you participated in Tome Topple tell me what your read in the comments. Have you read any of the books I talked about today? Let me know. Take care of yourselves, wash your hands, wear a mask in public, practice some self-care, and…

Stay Golden! 🙂

Leila

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