Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I really enjoyed the first 4/5 of this book. It’s got a Harry Potter/Oliver Twist sort of beginning, and the language is very enjoyable1. The last fifth dragged a bit, and I sped read the last few pages.
I picked it up because I’ve been reading the Jasper Fforde Thursday Next series, which began with The Eyre Affair. There was much plot of that book based upon the changing of the plot in Jane Eyre, none of which I understood. So now it all makes sense.
1 It should be noted that I find Jane Austen’s writing enjoyable as well. So… there’s your reference point.