The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy
Happy New Year! I was planning to start a really big chunkster today, preferably Anna Karenina, but I woke up with a hangover--which is hardly fair, considering my revels last night consisted of fizzy lemonade, Just Dance 4, and card games, and ended before midnight. I spent half the afternoon on the couch re-reading a murder mystery, and at this moment I have no idea what's for dinner.
I actually finished The Return of the Native before Christmas and it's been sitting here for some time. Now I can't remember most of what I was going to say. I'm always trepidatious about reading Hardy, but I really enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. In fact, I was supposed to be reading it on a schedule of two chapters a day, but I could hardly put it down in the second half and finished early. I wanted to find out what happened! It was a very satisfying read too.