Bricks on the Shelf

I think we all have at least one, massive book we’ve wanted to read but just haven’t started because it would be a commitment. Below are five books that fit this description for me. These are books I want to read, but just haven’t done so yet because they can double as a door-stopper.

It by Stephen King

ItI’ve always heard this is a great book. I have watched the new movie adaptations of this book and I did like them. I also have already had several parts of the book spoiled (primarily the most disturbing parts) from discussions about what wasn’t included in the movies. I think this has contributed to my stalling on actually reading the book, but I will get around to it one day.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Count of Monte CristoI first discovered The Count of Monte Cristo after seeing the 2002 movie adaptation, which I greatly enjoyed. I picked up a copy of the book a long time ago but just haven’t brought myself around to reading it yet. I know I’ll enjoy it as I already consider the story one of the best ‘revenge’ stories out there.


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas ShruggedHonestly, I can’t even remember what drew me to this book it has been so long since I picked it up. I think I had just discovered Ayn Rand and wanted to try some of her work. I’m sure the mythological reference also drew me in, and the fact it is considered a great novel in general, though I have heard it is a little tough to get through. Her other, large novel that is said to be great is The Fountainhead which a friend of mine did read and really liked. I may try that one if I like Atlas Shrugged.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Infinite JestI’ve only read a little of David Foster Wallace but I want to read more, and supposedly Infinite Jest is one of his best works. It’s apparently a bit unconventional in structure but a lot of people seem to love it. Since I’ve liked what little if read of David Foster Wallace, I figure I’ll like this one too.


Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Don QuixoteThis book I want to read mainly because it has been referenced in several shows I like, but also because I know it has influenced a lot of writers and their work. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve watched a show or read a book that was influenced by this book. The main one that comes to my mind at the moment is the show The Newsroom starring Jeff Daniels.

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