Of course everyone has their favorite classic. I suspect Pride & Prejudice is the most popular. Everyone loves the irreverent Lizzy. Kristen is a bit like her.
You have to be interested in the Napoleonic Wars to follow War & Peace, which I did. But you can skip the historical expositions on the Great Man Theory and enjoy the romance those that end sadly and the uplifting ending. I hope the new BBC version does it justice.
By the way if any of you have finished In Search of Lost Time let me know. I’ll spring for a beer while you tell me about it.