Choosing books isn't so hard. It'll be the usual suspects mostly: P&P, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Bleak House, Middlemarch, Tess of D'urbervilles, Women in Love, Mrs. Dalloway, maybe some Forster, The Dead. I'd like to start with Tom Jones, but it's long and I read it shortly before coming here. I'd have used the much shorter Hard Times instead of BH, but I was ready to reread BH. I'm taking the novella length Joyce story because I don't feel like rereading any of the other now. Filling out the 20th century may be a bit tricky. I'd like to come pretty close to the present. I might end with Brick Lane which I read recently. And the penultimate book might be Possession. All this if I actually carry out the plan, and if there is enough interest in it.
I didn't read Housekeeping with you all here, but read it a couple years ago and liked it quite well. I have avoided Gilead for the same reasons as you, but I'll read it now on your recommendation.
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