The Epic Novel
My poison of choice, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, a polarizing brick of a book full of nonsequential chapters, more characters than you can count, and 100 pages of fictional footnotes.
Some of you are probably shaking your heads by now either based on my selection or the sheer idea of the endeavor. I realize that summer reading for a lot of folks means beach reads and light fiction. Many people don't want to lug a big book on planes or try to hold it up poolside. But some of you probably realize that summer is a great time to dust off that tome you've always wanted to read but never seem to find the time. Be it vacation time or just a lighter schedule, a long book doesn't seem as daunting when you pace yourself over three months. If possible, don't do it alone. Find other adventurous friends. Meet regularly to discuss the book. Think of the sense of accomplishment when September rolls around and that book is sitting dog-eared on top of you dresser. Not only will you be able to add that literary merit badge to your vest, but you might actually enjoy it!
Who's in? What behemoth will you attempt?