And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to announce the fiftieth and final book in the Well-Read Man Project. This book will be read after my pass through the other forty-nine, and will be the proverbial cherry on top of my literary hot fudge sundae. Not that I recommend pouring hot fudge on books.
Despite being one of the most important works in the history of publishing, this book is often used as a pejorative taunt when asking someone about their reading habits. Weighing in at over a thousand pages of dense prose, it nonetheless continues to be sold and read by book lovers worldwide. (Click on a book to access its detail page.)
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Yes, War and Peace. When I told a few friends that this would be my final book, they all responded the same way: “Are you nuts?” Perhaps. But any project that involves reading significant works would feel somewhat empty without this Russian masterpiece. While I have forty-nine other classics to get through before this final set, I am still looking forward the day when I can open the covers—whether paper or electronic—of this important work of literature.