For all its complexity, Anna Karenina was surprising easy to read. I would definitely recommend it.
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For my next read, I decided to go with something lighter. Since I am leaving for Paris on Friday (!), I chose Lessons in French: A Novel by Hilary Reyl. It just came out, and has been fun so far. This is the first book I'm reading on my new mini iPad. So far it is lighter - to carry around and in its subject - than Anna Karenina!