As Francis Bacon famously wrote, “Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; That is, some books are to be read only in parts; Others to be read, but not curiously; And some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” As voracious readers, we like to think we give each book we read its due diligence, but you can’t deny that some are worth lingering over, worth turning over in your mind, worth cherishing, longer than others. Of course, such a thing is only objective to a certain extent — everyone has their own favorites, and everyone’s own favorites are, for them, just as important as anyone else’s. Here, we present a list of ten books we think are worth savoring, poring over, and thinking about for years — add to it with your own choices in the comments.
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Lo lee ta. We probably don’t have to tell you, but we consider Nabokov one of the finest prose stylists of the English language, his every phrase fit to be mulled over, to be rolled around in your mouth like a rare delicacy. Except there are hundreds of them, right there on the page, you lucky reader.