As we head off into our final, glorious Summer Friday (sniff), I’ve got some grand plans to read my little heart out this weekend. I’m hoping some lovely weather will mean reading somewhere outdoors and catching up on a tiny bit of work reading. Mostly I’m looking forward to sinking into one or more of the many books teetering on the end of a table in my living room, calling out to me to read for pure, unadulterated pleasure.
None of those books are especially hefty tomes, though occasionally those taunt me from my shelves—the books I bought to prove to myself I don’t have the attention span of a gnat but am too scared to crack open, because I don’t want to be wrong. Now Flavorwire sees fit to join in the finger pointing with this list of 10 books that they actually dare me to finish. (What did I ever do to you, Flavorwire?) Of them, War and Peace, A Suitable Boy, Cryptonomicon, and Infinite Jest are already on my To Tackle list—and have been since at least college.
What about you guys? What’s the longest book you’ve ever actually finished? I’m going to say it must be The Stand for me. Back before I became an English major and then publishing professional, I used to feel a tremendous need to finish anything I started. In publishing, that’s a virtual impossibility, but as a teenager I opened The Stand, never really liked it that much, and refused to stop reading till everyone had slowly plodded their way to their inevitable doom. I actually think I probably could have walked to Vegas myself in the time it took me to get to the end of the book, but I made it. And I’m still a little scarred from it. I’ve never really been able to become a Stephen King fan after that. I probably should’ve started elsewhere.
Are there any books you’re putting off because their heft is too daunting, waiting for some magical fictional future in which you’ll have endless time and patience? Maybe this long weekend is the perfect time to give it a go.
And is there anything on this list you’ve read that’s worth struggling through?
Enjoy your weekends, and I hope you have some fun planned to see the summer off properly! Me, I ‘m heading to the most exciting museum exhibit of all time at the Museum of the Moving Image, since I am an avowed Jim Henson Super Fan. You’ve been warned, Astoria!