I'll begin by saying I'm very happy this won and I look forward to reading it.
I actually started Middlemarch years ago and read probably a fourth of it. It's on my challenge list for this year though so I was planning to read it soon either way, but now I also look forward to the discussion about it.
And I think I'll start from the beginning. I remember much of what I'd already read, but still I'd like to start over with such a long break in between.