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  •  I don't keep a list (6+ / 0-)

    I often get ideas from the non-fiction you read, though, so thanks for this!

    Currently reading Spillover by David Quammen. I give it raves for a couple of reasons: first, it's an accessible fascinating book. Second, it isn't often I stumble over a non-fiction author I like that has a bunch of previous books for me to dive into.

    After I finish this, I'm going to make a brave dive into Les Miserables (Hapgood translation). At 1700 pages it's the kind of book that makes me happy for my Kindle.

    I have as my New Years resolution when I finish Les Mis to re-read some Dickens. I try to pick an author to do that with each year. Will probably alternate between some of those and some non-fiction books.

    Survey: Which Dickens novel should I read/re-read first?

    •  Almost 25 years ago, shortly after Les Mis (5+ / 0-)

      opened on Broadway, when it was a white hot ticket, my boss at the time arranged for us to take an important foreign client to the show.  I had never read the book, and resolved to get through it before seeing the musical version.  Before we were to see the show, I had a two week vacation -- one week skiing, followed by 4 days in the Caribbean.  I started reading the evening of my first day in the mountains, read every minute I wasn't skiing, sleeping or swimming, and got through the last 100 pages or so on the plane home from the islands, trying to keep the tears from streaming down my face and looking like an idiot to my fellow passengers.  It remains probably the most intense reading experience of my life, and perhaps my favorite novel of all time.

    •  For Dickens ... (3+ / 0-)

      'Pickwick Papers' is (mostly) lighthearted and funny.  'David Copperfield' is a life experience. 'Our Mutual Friend' has always been my favorite, although some of the best characters can be found in 'Martin Chuzzlewit'.  But seriously, it is almost impossible to go wrong with Dickens.

      The Les Miz resolution is a great one, and I wish you good fortune on that.  A big book but a fast read.  His description of the Battle of Waterloo is amazing.  Bogs down every now and then, but not really a major issue.

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