I've been telling myself I need to read more of the classics. I'm trying to make my way through Uncle Tom's Cabin. The book is pretty dry. It is written in an older style where the author explains everything in painstaking detail. Not detail that we want to know, but what color the flowers were, how thick the mud was, etc.
I have to say my absolute favorite I read within the last year was survivor by chuck palniuk. Wow was that a great book!