These are the books I have to read/finish before I can start the Harry Potter series. They will be read/finished in the order in which they are listed. Yes, I'm anal about reading. It bothers me when I pick up a book and don't get to finish it, even if the book is horrible):
--The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens (I am reading this one now).
--Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes.
--Henry V, by William Shakespeare.
--Llewellyn's 2005 Magical Almanac, by multiple authors.
--The Works of Oscar Wilde, by Oscar Wilde.
--Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (this was a birthday present from my mother a while back. Unfortunately, she got me the abridged version. *makes face*).
--Fire From Heaven, by Mary Renault.
--Beethoven: The Universal Composer, by Edmund Norris.
--Stonehenge, by Bernard Cornwell (this is not, mind you, that bloody awful Age of Stonehenge book. *yucks* I wouldn't read that book again if my life depended on it).
--Middlemarch, by George Eliot.
--Mary Barton, by Elizabeth Gaskell.
--Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hary.
I won't even TRY to estimate how long it might take; my plan is to simply plow right through the whole lot of them, and get to the HP series as soon as possible. My goal? Get through the fifth HP book before the fifth movie comes out.