By the way, below is a list of books I read in 1998. I started this list to keep track of what I read and when; it's difficult to believe it's been 10 years since I read some of these classics. As you might guess from the list, I absolutely adore Victor Hugo.
Reading is one of the most important acts a human being can engage in, especially when it involves good literature, as opposed to a steady diet of periodicals. Periodicals have their place, but too much information/chatter can circumvent clear, thorough thinking on issues. Plus, I really enjoy it for its own sake, in case you couldn't tell.
January: “The Last of the Mohicans” by James Fenimore Cooper 430pp.
“The Call of the Wild” by Jack London 105pp.
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson 126pp.
“Calumet ‘K’” by Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster 345pp.
“Toilers of the Sea” by Victor Hugo 356pp.
February: “The Odyssey” by Homer 306pp.
“The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo 416pp.
March: “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky 472pp.
“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens 227pp.
“Candide” by Voltaire 120pp.
April: “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo 1222pp.
“Lysistrata” by Aristophanes 123pp.
May: “Fathers and Sons” by Ivan Turgenev 207pp.
“Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne 208pp.
September: “Iliad” by Homer 391pp.
October: “The Last Day of a Condemned Man, and other prison writings” by Victor Hugo 198 pp.
“The Gambler” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 117pp.
“The Laughing Man” by Victor Hugo 573pp.
December: “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy 1444pp.