Earlier this week, I started reading my first Tolstoy. After years of being afraid to pick up Anna Karenina (what if I don’t like it?!), I finally decided to bite the bullet. This comes on the heels of my reading a few books on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list (Babbitt, A Prayer for Owen Meany), which has made me a bit more adventurous and willing to try a few more of the biggies. Plus, I have limited time to read and the longer the book, the longer I can put off picking out my next one. Below are a few of the books that I’ve been putting off reading and I’m asking you to comment and convince me why I should read these daunting books!