Classics Circuit posting, and I can't even read more than a few of those in one sitting. I am concerned.
I looked at my Goodreads list of the books I read in 2009, and it includes some real whoppers: Bleak House, Nicholas Nickleby, Vanity Fair, Wives and Daughters, David Copperfield, An American Tragedy, The Woman in White. Plus several long contemporary books, like The Book Thief. This year so far I've only read two books longer than 500 pages, Native Son by Richard Wright and American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. Both of them were actually really fast reads. The longest Victorian I've read this year is Oliver Twist, and that's less than 450, and I did a lot of it on audio -- and it was a reread.
I've noticed this years' reading includes a lot of juvenile books (mostly award winners), short stories, and novellas. Is this just a phase, or should I be worried? I have a separate tag on Goodreads for Big Fat Books, and more than half of the books on that list are unread -- more than 50! My own to-read bookshelf has quite a few chunky books, mostly Victorians. I have several Dickens still unread, and almost a whole shelf full of Trollope. (Trollope published more than 40 works in his lifetime, so I'm not holding my breath to finish his entire oeuvre. ) And there are all of those Russians waiting to be read -- I haven't even touched Dostoevsky. I'm not even thinking about Proust, or A Dance to the Music A of Time, which is close to 3000 pages over four volumes.
I never did read the last 50 pages. In my defense, the actual novel is over, and that's really a sort of afterword.)
So, is it just me? Is it just a phase, or should I give up and just read graphic novels for the rest of my life? Maybe I'm just getting myself intimidated, and I should blindly choose something and just stick to it until it's done. Or else just give up and read long trashy books instead. One of my online book groups just selected The Brothers Karamazov for the July read. I've heard it's very good, and a group read might actually behoove me to finish it. Maybe I should just start Moby Dick, which has more than 100 chapters, which are very short. Ships! Whaling! Ahab! What could be more different than being landlocked in Texas during a broiling hot summer? Depressed Russians and lots of snow, or an insane ship's captain?
Bloggers, help me out. What big fat books do you recommend for summer? Alternatively, what's a good fast summer read? I need suggestions, and encouragement.