Pat sent an email that sums up the project, so with her permission, I am just copying it here to explain. She called it "the greatest novel ever written" - I will decide whether I think that's true when I finish. Here's what she said:
I'm sending this invitation out to folks I know who love to read...including my entire knitting group. If you'd like to read War and Peace, join me, Elizabeth, and Chilisa and read it this summer. We'll form an email group or start a blog or find someway to communicate our thoughts, it will be an online and in-person book discussion and should add to the fun of reading a hefty novel.
Chili and I have never read it before and feel like we should read the book that some call "the greatest novel ever written." I believe Elizabeth has started it but perhaps not finished it? Chili is reading the Maude translation on her Kindle, Elizabeth is reading the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation in print, while I will read the Anthony Briggs translation in print augmented by the Maude translation on my iPad. I'm going to try and read +/- 20 pages a day and we will be starting on June 1st. Let me know if you'd like to join us and don't hesitate to send this on to anyone else you think would enjoy the challenge.
If anyone out there wants to join us, just say so and I will add you to our google discussion group.