Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo popped into my head immediately.
Adventure! Romance! Intrigue! Revenge! Kidnapping! Poisoning! Hashish dreams! Lesbian sub-plot! If this doesn't sound fun, you have never been 14. Do read the Robin Buss translation, which is fairly recent (within the last 20 years or so), as it is very smooth and includes a lot of stuff that the Victorian translators were too prudish to include.
It is probably the fastest read of a 1000-page book I've ever tried, and great fun.