I read 'War and Peace' when I was a teenager just so I could say that I had read it.
At the time it bored me to tears and was a slog for me to get through.
I knew nothing about Russian history back then and very little about European history, either.
And if you had have asked me what I recall of reading the book as a teenager I would have only told you I found it boring and confusing and wouldn't bother reading it again in my lifetime.
But I did read (well listen to it being read to me) it again this year and loved it.
Funny how the book hasn't changed over the years, only my life perspective changed before I read it again.
Now I'm getting ready to read 'Middlemarch' (well, listen to it being read to me), but I want to watch the 1994 BBC series first, but can't find it anywhere on streaming services or You Tube, so I have to buy the DVDs to watch it, which means I probably won't be able to start listening to the book until the middle of March:-)
UPDATE: February 25th, 2023
Ironically, I recently added the IDEAS podcast to my Apple Podcast list and this week they dropped two podcast episodes about the book 'Middlemarch':-)
I wrote about the IDEAS podcast in this recent post -
I have a feeling that the book angels really want me to read this book ... like now ... or at least by mid-March at the latest:-)