Christopher J. McCandless, the real life character from Into The Wild, was vastly influenced from the likes of Tolstoy, Jack London and Thoreau. His great lone adventure throughout North America, was more or less could've been inspired by Thoreau's two year lone stay at a small cabin, by the Walden lake.
I tried reading Tolstoy's Ana Karenina, but Lord it was so thick, lengthy and boring, I could hardly finish 10 pages before stopped reading it altogether.
Jack London, hmm havent't tried that one yet. I think it's a little funny that one of my friends ask me how to read more books. I told her, she should first try to spend 10 minutes for reading, every single day, consistently. And after not too long, she can start to read a little longer and longer, until it has become a habit to do that.
But honestly, I haven't been reading books consistently myself. Hahaaaha, what a joke.