>he only reads books that other people recommend
>he only reads books that /lit recommends
>he doesn't acknowledge his own taste but reads in order to be "well-read"
>he thinks that being literary makes life more romantic
>he only reads 800+ page maximalist novels
>>he only reads 800+ page maximalist novels
How many of those even exist? I can't imagine there being that many of them unless you lump in scifi/fantasy garbage that's "maximalist" by virtue of taking thousands of pages to tell a story in.
I'm not him but you could always just look up authors you like and see who they were influenced by/who they influenced and keep branching out that way in both directions without necessarily asking for recommendations.
There's nothing wrong with having your book selections influenced by other people, but you really ought to have more than one source of input. If /lit/ is your sole contact with the literary world, or "lit chat" then you might end up with a strange and narrow experience of it.
Mmm... What doesn't /lit/ cover, though? A few lesser-known names here and there. The broad strokes, though... There's no Deep Literature that you graduate to after Shakespeare and Homer.
>He always bashes fiction and only reads non-fiction in order to fit a certain mold.