"I understand why it could be considered the greatest novel of all time."
How I did it:
I got the Barnes and Noble Classics edition: a whopping 1156 pages (including Endnotes and other notes). I read about 40 pages a day, sometimes less, sometimes more. It took awhile to read each page and you have to pay attention to everything but I wanted to finish it in a month and I did.
The story is actually really good. Some people will consider it boring but the mix between fiction and nonfiction is incredible and the Russian wealthy lifestyles described helped me learn so much about the time period. I plan to look up more information on the Napoleonic Wars now to see how much was true. But War and Peace can definitely be considered one of those classic novels.
Lessons & tips: If you plan on reading it, you should definitely pay attention to every word being said. There's so many characters that it becomes hard to follow everyone at first but after awhile, you'll hopefully get it. It's a good read but drawn out and hard to get into at first.
Resources: You can buy the book at Barnes and Noble or pretty much any bookstore.