The Book That Stares You Down
Everybody’s got one–that book on the shelf, the one you bought 3 years ago, back when you really said you were going to read that 400 pager, and you really meant it.
But after page 50, you got a little bored, maybe a little overwhelmed, so you sat it back on the bookshelf–and there it stayed, staring you down, mocking you.
For me, that book was Infinite Jest. It wasn’t literally on my shelf, but it’s been a part of my reading to-do list for years now. A good friend and big Infinite Jest fan has been singing its praises to me for a decade, but I couldn’t get motivated to read it. Have you seen the size of this book?
So when I started reading Infinite Jest as part of this project, I felt a sense of relief that I had at least overcome my hesitation to read this massive novel. Now, almost finished, that sense of relief is even more pronounced–mainly because the book doesn’t suck.
After all, who wants to read a 1,000 page book that sucks? Especially since I can’t just skip it, since I have to read every single novel on the Time list. That was my worst fear about Infinite Jest–that I would hate it. I won’t give away my review, but I’ll just say that it’s been worth my time–mostly.
So, anyway, back to the point of today’s post: What’s your book? What book have you always talked about reading but never read?