I'm still in the process of reading Our Mutual Friend. The one I swore I was going to finish in 2010 for my Fall Into Reading Challenge. It is just so easy to set down and put away, so easy to ignore. Why is that? I enjoy reading it, but then I set it down and forget about it. I'm now reading it through Daily Lit installments, which is actually going quite well. Dickens in installments is rather enjoyable. Who knew? (Apart from simply everyone in the 19th century of course.) This might be the only way I will end up being able to cross the scores of Dicken's novels off my list. (currently on page 315 of 822)
As if one big classic at a time wasn't enough, I threw George Eliot into the mix. I have Daniel Deronda listed on my Back to the Classics challenge since I enjoyed the film adaptation and have been wanting to read it for quite a while, and figured that there was no way I'd be disciplined enough to finish it by June if I didn't do something about it now. So I'm reading that through Daily Lit installments as well. It isn't quite as great in installment form as Dickens is, but at least I'm making headway. I figure that by the time I'm really able to pick it up in March or so, I'll already be halfway into it. (currently on page 163 of 737)
As if TWO big classics at a time weren't enough, I jumped all over the Villette read-along at Unputdownables. I own Villette and have been wanting to read it for quite some time as well. My short burst of reasoning before committing myself went something like this: I've been wanting to read Villette, challenges don't create enough motivation for me, perhaps a read-long will. I've never joined a read-along before, so I'm looking forward to it. It sounds almost like a weekly book club meeting instead of a monthly one, what's not to like? There is a great group of readers that will be reading and posting on Villette during February and March, and I think there's still time to join!
And so I find myself in the middle of a rather chaotic conglomeration of classics. Not my first choice in methods of reading books, but my first choice didn't work for me so well. We'll see how this goes, and move on from there.