One of the nice things about living in the middle of nowhere in a country where I dont speak much of the language is that I spend an enormous amount of time reading (and doing soduku puzzles - I'm addicted!!). I've always been a huge reader, but regular life and actually having to communicate with people often sucks up my precious reading time. Now, between tons of time at home, a small amount of insomnia, and long subway rides to get anywhere, I'm flying through books!
I was just browsing some online book lists to get some ideas for my next trip to the bookstore. I don't know who makes these lists, but many of them seemed to operate under the assumption that the longer a book is, the better it is. Also, listing The Harry Potter Series is actually 7 books, not one. And The Complete Works of Shakespeare feels like it should count for more than 1 book, even if they are all stuck together in the same binding.
I think I'm going to start working on my own 'Must Read' list. Feel free to offer suggestions. :)