British author Arnold Bennett wrote, regarding Joseph Conrad's novel Chance, "this is a discouraging book for a writer because he damn well knows he can't write as well as this." That's kind of how I feel about Vladimir Nabokov's book Lolita. How about the rest of you? Any books that you love but at the same time think "wow, I'll never reach this level?" Not that it stops me writing, of course. I'm content to write my stories well, but there are some books where the author just blows you away and you realize you're in a different league entirely.