My Kind of List

I’m a lover of long books, and I’m always trying to find things that are challenging, so this list of ten particularly difficult books is perfect for me. Three of them I’ve already read (Clarissa, To the Lighthouse, and A Tale of the Tub), three of them I’ve read large sections of but never finished (Finnegans Wake, Being and Time, The Faerie Queen), one I’ve skimmed (The Making of Americans) and one (Phenomenology of Spirit) that’s on my reading list. Which leaves, wonderfully, two books to discover, neither of which, I’m ashamed to say, I had even heard of. If there have to be lists, this is how they all should be: a mixture of the familiar and the obscure, covering a broad range of style, and a wide expanse of time. Of course, most lists, certainly those in pop music, are narrow by definition and limited historically, but this is still a good model to consider.