If you're looking for a book to jump into, browsing through The New Lifetime Reading Plan may provide your perfect starting point. More than 130 classics from such authors as Virginia Woolf and Molière are summarized neatly, with reading hints and biographical details offered up for the proper amount of background information.
Contains abstracts of 133 authors and books important in world literature. Entries include the works of such notables as Homer, Sophocles, Confucius, Plato, Omar Khayyam, Dante Aligheri, Niccolo Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Galileo, Johnathan Swift, Goethe, Jane Austen, Alexis de Tocqueville, the Bront<:e> sisters, Karl Marx, Emily Dickinson, Freud, Kafka, Mishima Yukio, R. K. Narayan, Albert Camus, and Chinua Achebe. Also included are 100 brief annotations of prominent 20th-century authors. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.