Eclectica, 7/18/21 – 7/30/21

tl;dr: No summer series, the library is shrinking, Heracleum is taking over Russia, so are ladybugs.

Summer series shelved. August (Armchair Traveler Month) would have featured reviews of Dmitry Danilov’s Сидеть и смотреть, Roma Bordunov’s Рома едет, Catriona Kelly’s St. Petersburg: Shadows of the Past, and John Steinbeck’s A Russian Journal. However, between more pressing project deadlines (Master’s thesis due the 27th) and uninspiring pre-reads of some planned titles, it’s probably best to cancel. The surviving books will find their way back onto the TBR somehow.


The Bookening has begun. Personal library reduction; 12 unread books out. Russia Reviewed’s TBR down to 28 from 78. External (non-blog) TBR also down 40%. Pre-reading separates the wheat from the chaff.


Articles read this week.


Books read this week.

  • My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File by Katherine Verdery. Reading.
  • Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda, ed. by Kevin F. Platt and David Brandenberger. Read.

2 thoughts on “Eclectica, 7/18/21 – 7/30/21

  1. Привет J.T.! What does pre-reading mean for you? Do you read through the first few pages? Or skim the book? I’m also whittling down my to-read list. 🙂


    1. Привет, Катя! Nice to see you here again.

      Pre-reading is kind of a nebulous term, yeah. But in the context of my monstrous TBR, it means reading the first few chapters of a book, or enough to get a feel for whether it still appeals to me. If it does, it stays on the TBR. If it doesn’t, it’s time to sell/swap/donate.

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