I never thought I would ever read another Thomas Hardy novel. Tess, Mayor and Jude the Obscure were enough. Then I read a Virginia Woolf quote hailing Far From the Madding Crowd and decided to buckle down and read that as well. It is one of Hardy's early books and it was well worth the read. It's independent female protagonist, Bathsheba Everdene, manages to get herself into some awkward (and funny) scrapes and comes out of it all without being hanged or broken to pieces.
(I looked up to see if Katniss Everdeen was named after Bathsheba Everdene, and SHE WAS!)
When will someone name a girl, Bathsheba?
Some other good reads as of late: Orphan Train, Andrew's Brain and David and Goliath.
What are you reading?