Olympic Russian Reading Challenge


If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately, the answer is Twitter, that ephemeral playground of the short attention span. I haven’t forgotten about my blog, though, and I’m back with an Olympics-inspired reading challenge that came out of a discussion of Nabokov on Twitter. I tweaked the original idea and came up with this:

Olympic Russian Reading Challenge

Gold — One massive tome

Silver — One novel or short story collection

Bronze — Three short stories or plays, or a book of poetry

It isn’t necessary to complete the challenge during the Sochi Olympics, but you will get extra Degree of Difficulty points if you do. Leave a comment with your accomplishments and bring a medal home for your country!

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5 comments on “Olympic Russian Reading Challenge

  1. I can not sleep, so my question to you -can I be excused for the time being? We are having revolution and contra- revolution at the time! –
    In retrospect could War and Peace read twice be good enough for bronze at least? :-)

  2. Stefanie says:

    They have to be Russian books? I’m in the midst of far too many others at the moment to squeeze in one more. Great idea though! And glad you haven’t forgotten your blog :)

    • Sylvia says:

      Thanks. Perhaps this summer you’ll be able to participate in the World Cup Reading Challenge… ;) I haven’t nailed down the details but I’m thinking Brazilian, South American, or Ibero-American literature. So keep June and July clear!

  3. I would love to enter this challenge! Please let me know if there is still time to partcipate.

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