People are so pretentious. The lists of favorite novels on Twitter are absolutely pathetic in their naked desire to look sophisticated.
“1. War and Peace
2. Moby Dick
3. Anna Karenina
4. Brothers Karamazov
5. Infinite Jest”
writes a suburban real estate agent with zero Russian parentage. And then everybody repeats the list with slight variations.
I’m a professional literary critic, so my list updates every week. But even I wouldn’t reread any of the stuff that makes it onto people’s lists even if you paid me to do it.