Throughout the entire month of December I'll be in Russia. I'll be hobnobbing with nobility and peasants alike. Maybe even partake of tea with the tsar and tsarina. Attend a ball or two and hear all the social gossip along with the latest war news. That Napoleon is really making a name for himself. It will be a glorious and enlightening visit! Through the incredible power of the printed word and my imaginary magic carpet, I will be mentally transported to Russia without even leaving my sofa.
While reading Take Me Away Saturday: Russia at Lost In Books, I realized I have some of the books Rebecca featured in her post. It reminded me that I've had these books on the shelf for a while now and it's time to get dedicated. I had promised myself that this month I am reading only what I want to read not what I am obligated to read; sort of like my own personal mini-challenge. So here is my tentative list:
War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy - Yes, I do realize it is over 1100 pages long.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russka by Edward Rutherford
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie My local library has a few travel videos on Russia and if I have time I might even round out my trip with watching at least one of them. So, my magic carpet is all dusted off and ready to escape into the world of imagination; a world that is so accessible through the power of books.
If you were to take a magic carpet ride, where would it take YOU?