I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
I've got to go with two today.
I don't like general fiction, er...generally speaking. Most of my attempts have ended up being "too" something for me: too emotional, too graphic, too manipulative, too whatever. But I read the synopsis for Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore and was intrigued. The reviews made it sound spectacular. I needed to expand beyond my cozy mysteries horizons. So I read it, opening the front cover with a "just read it and get through it" attitude. I LOVED this book! It was like a fairy tale for book lovers.
As to Pride and Prejudice I will admit that the first time I read it I did so for the sole reason of - and forgive me for putting this quite so bluntly and disrespectfully - shutting my mother up. By the time I got out of University, I was up to my eyeballs in "classic literature that's good for me". I'd read Sense & Sensibility and while I thought it was good I didn't really see what all the fuss was about. But my mom kept on about P&P, so I finally opened it dreading every word I was about to read.
And then I got it. Now I know what all the fuss is about. :)