Balzac - Pere Goirot (through the end of part 2) Flaubert -- Madame Bovary. Begin at part II, section XII.Dostoevsky -- Crime and Punishment.Skim Vi,ii and v. Dostoevsky -- Brothers Karamazov. book X. Tolstoy -- War and Peace. Skip the second epilogue if you like Skip or skim the long disquisitions on military tactics unless you're interested and, after reading one, skip the remaining and repetitive lectures on the nature of history. Tolstoy -- Anna KareninaProust -- Remembrance of things past. Skip; Vol 1: 109-14; 133-45; 269-99; 316-74 (read 325 though), 394-445, 496-501, 633-93. Vol 2: 11-39; 49-82; 91-132; 136-87 (read 151), 193-293; 381-408; 414-622; 657-795; 799-end. Vol 3: 5-57; 61-134; 141-53; 157-79; 191-96; 200-49; 268-484; 488-691; 698-708; 718-736;744-884; 951-1033; 1044-1083. Refers to the classic Moncrieff/Kilmartin translation. This cuts out 50% percent. Kafka -- The Trial. Skip Chapter 4 and 5. James Baldwin -- Giovanni's Room. Short, an afternoon's readingGabriel Garcia Marquez -- 100 years of solitude. Read it all. Tips:1. Use a pen. Take notes. 2. Read slowly. 3. Reread.4. Seek out wisdom, one-liners, aphorism, and life-quotes.5. Watch for irony, humor, puns, turns of phrase, rhythm, etc.6. Don't miss the little things either: vocabulary, Scrabble words, crossword answers.7. Don't worry about what you don't understand.8. Keep a "commonplace" book and use the backs of your books as crib sheets/indices. 9. Pick the right edition. (and pick editions with footnotes rather than endnotes).10. Pick the right translation. Compare lines from different translations and pick which one sounds good to you. Sometimes the newest ones aren't the best.11. Avoid online (uncopyrighted, severely out-of-date) translations.12. Don't watch the movies first.13. Above all, engage.