I owned a copy of A Tale of Two Cities so I could take my time reading it. Okay, it's about the problems with the French peasantry up to the French Revolution. There is no question Dickens is a good writer, but, boring. I had plowed through it in high school to move on to something else. Now, in college, I had the time to read and savor what I was reading.
There is a reason "classics" are so labeled. By the time I got to the third section of the book, I had bonded with Sydney Carton, Charles and Lucie Darnay and Dr. Manette. I was well aware of the ending but when Carton makes the decision to take Darnays place at the guillotine, I understood what he was doing.
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.I had to set the book down. There were only about 10 pages left but I couldn't read them at that time. Carton's sacrifice was too great. It would be almost a week before I picked the book back up and finished it. I remember telling a couple of people, "Now I know why this is considered a classic".
Beverage: English Breakfast tea