I am happy to report that this morning I finished Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. A summary from amazon.com:
A ne'er-do-well exploits his gentle daughter's beauty for social advancement in this masterpiece of tragic fiction. Hardy's 1891 novel defied convention to focus on the rural lower class for a frank treatment of sexuality and religion. Then and now, his sympathetic portrait of a victim of Victorian hypocrisy offers compelling reading.
I chose to start with this novel because I remembered enjoying it in college and hoped it would be good again. It was!!! Definitely not a quick and easy read but VERY good! I highly recommend it. Any suggestions for what I should tackle next??