Perhaps this is saving the best for last. Certainly my biggest feat in reading this year, I started Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in the summertime and didn’t finish until December this year. Again, it’s a SOLID three stars. Nearly a four. There’s some good stuff in this tome and it was the pacing of the story (if you come across an abridged version, I figure it might make good sense) and the opportunity to read so many other novels with, shall we say, more modern pacing simultaneously that slowed me down with my first foray into Russian literature. For me, I did not enjoy tagging along fly-on-the-wall style to all the meetings with Oblonsky and Karenin. I did enjoy the exploration of marriage and the three case studies offered in Anna & Karenin, Dolly& Stiva, and Kitty & Levin. I compared this element of Anna to similar explorations of marriage in Austen, but enjoyed the darker elements Tolstoy exposes moreso.
A couple of fave quotes from Anna are here: http://acbrv.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/the-long-haul/