In a comment yesterday, Renee mentioned slogging through War & Peace and being glad she had seen a film version first. So now I have to tell MY War & Peace story.
I worked in the book industry for many years, in the now defunct B.Dalton chain. Back then (and I assume now as well) publishers did not want to pay to have mass market printing (small paperbacks) returned to them. It was cheaper to reprint than to pay for the shipping. In order to return mass markets we stripped the front covers off the books and sent those to the publisher for return credit. The strips (books with their covers stripped) were then disposed of at the individual stores.
Although strips were routinely destroyed, it was a perk of working at the bookstore that you were allowed to take strips home for free, as long as you didn’t get caught selling them or even giving them away. For many years, most of the books I read were coverless. Once when really purging the shelves, we ended up with strips of several classics, including a few copies of War & Peace. I took one home that day and after a few months, put it in the bathroom with my various magazines for casual bathroom reading. Since the strip was never going to go on my bookshelf, after every 10-20 pages, I would rip off the pages I’d finished and toss them.
It took me almost a year to read War & Peace this way and as the year went by, the book got skinnier and skinnier!
What reading material do YOU have in the bathroom?