Argh - please not Middlemarch! Is it seriously nearly 1000 pages? There's no way I can factor that in to any reading plans for quite a while.
If the tidal wave pushes Persuasion to the front I believe I will finally read my first Austen. At around 200 pages it's probably a gentle introduction.
(but I'd really prefer Old Man and the Sea - or The War of the Worlds - or The Call of the Wild - hint hint)
Just for the sake of conversation though, Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers would be on my TBR list as well. I just don't have a timeline for it. I've decided that I need to re-read all the classics that I read "younger reader" versions of when I was a young whippersnapper.
I'm trying to remember what they all are, but they would include (I think):
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
- A Tale of Two Cities
- The Three Musketeers
- Treasure Island
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (scheduled this for 2013)
- Robinson Crusoe
There might be one or two more.
I decided I wanted to honour these books because looking back I have fairly strong memories of these books kindling the passion I have for reading. I still remember the enthusiasm with which I devoured them way back then.
It's about time I read them as they were supposed to be read.