I read The French Lieutenant's Woman earlier this year--I think we discussed it briefly at the time--and it became one of my all-time favorites as well.
One of my reading goals for the next year or so is to explore the mystery genre, including Agatha Christie. The only works I've read of that kind are some Sherlock Holmes and one novel each by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
My most important reading accomplishment in recent months has been The Recognitions by William Gaddis. I would say it is the most challenging novel I've read that wasn't written by James Joyce.
I haven't been in much of a reading mood lately. The incredibly heat we've been having this summer is mentally draining--38 consecutive days over 100F and no end in sight. I've only been able to read the first few pages of The History of the Siege of Lisbon.
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