Like most of you, I have big, ambitious plans for my future reading. Here are the Big Books that currently reside on my TBR shelves.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
paperback, 1392 pages
Isn’t this book on just about everybody’s lifetime reading list? It seems to be one of the titles that separates the true book lovers from the wanna-bes.
Ulysses by James Joyce
paperback, 732 pages
The comments from War and Peace also apply here.
This is the cover of the copy I bought for myself in Dublin, in the hopes that having a real Irish copy would make me more likely to actually read the book. Someday I hope to return to Dublin and walk Leopold Bloom’s journey around the city.
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
hardcover edition, 567 pages
This book has been on my TBR shelf for so long that I no longer remember where I picked it up. But it’s a classic work of feminism, and I’m determined to get through it.
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
hardcover, 562 pages
After reading Franzen’s The Corrections, one of the 6 Big Books I Keep Meaning to Reread, I eagerly bought the hardcover of this novel soon after it came out.
Alas, life intervened, and I still haven’t read it. But I’m going to. I’m definitely going to. Some time soon.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
hardcover, 1168 pages
I hear so much about Ayn Rand that I think I should read at least one of her works. A lot of people I know read either this book or The Fountainhead in college, but I guess I didn’t take the right course.
This is another one that’s been on my shelf for so long that I can’t remember where or when I bought it. I plan to take it with me on my next long, leisurely vacation.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
paperback, 636 pages
I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t yet read anything by Michael Chabon. This is a shortcoming that I plan to correct someday soon with this Big Book.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which ones do you especially recommend? Or do you have other Big Books to recommend?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments.