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I'm interested in reading more classics, but I'm not sure where to start. Any recommendations? Or advice on which books to avoid? I'm always worried that I might find the books difficult to read due to the language used (ridiculous, I know), and I'm a little intimidated by the longer books (ex. Les Miserables, Anna Karenina) as I'm afraid I'll find them dull and take forever to read them as they drag on. (I have no problem with reading long books--I'm an avid reader, but I hate wasting my time on dull books that just drag on.)

Just a few of the classics I've read over the years are: The Grapes of Wrath (loved it), East of Eden (awful), Madame Bovary, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I'm currently reading Little Women and really enjoying it. I've tried reading Frankenstein and The Scarlet Letter, but couldn't get into them--perhaps I may re-try them one day; are they worth it?

How are Charles Dickens' books? Is there a particular one I should start with? I definitely intend to read A Christmas Carol.
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