I could never be a litterateur. Too many of the right authors do not agree with me. So Kurt Tucholsky, who does, makes me feel better about it: "Nothing is more contemptible than litterateurs calling litterateurs litterateurs."
I didn't get especially far with Don Quixote. Fully prepared to bathe in its greatness but tobh found it much over-rated and a little ....searching for word not so strong as tedious. I remember it getting some big award for greatest novel ever recently which seems to me to be a safe and political choice, when compared with a work like Brothers Karamozov, for example.
My favorite quote on Henry James' novels was the one made by Henry Adams' wife, Clover: "Poor Henry [J.]," she said, "He chews more than he bites off."