Not for me I'm afraid!
I read what is probably Hardy’s most famous novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, for my A-levels, and aside from a few beautiful passages, I didn’t like it at all. But with the new film adaptation of this story and a desire to give Hardy another shot after five years distance, I picked this up. And remembered why I didn’t like Tess. Pastoral is really not for me; sheep, shepherds, farming – ugh, bored. And there’s just something about his prose that doesn’t sit with me properly. I read about 50 pages and I couldn’t bring myself to pick it back up. Sorry Hardy, I gave you a second chance, but I'm giving up on you.