Browsing through the comments it seems nobody has read Lord of the Rings or The Great Gatsby or Of Human Bondage or The Old Man and the Sea. Is this game rigged?
@harriet welch This is meant as sweet advice. Finnegans Wake cannot be read as a narrative. It't a book to browse and surprise yourself by understanding a phrase or so. Listen to Joyce's reading of "along river run..." and you see it as a wonderful musical experience. And try Dubliners, one of the finest books of short stories.
@City_Dater Wolfe and Kerouac are fine for kids. I read all of Wolfe very young. Too old to fancy Kerouac.
My first obsession was E. A. Poe, and I have no reason to regret it. Next Thomas Wolfe, who can only be read by the very young and very innocent. Then Moby Dick, the greatest reading experience of a lifetime, which I refuse to spoil by re-reading.