I have added as many of the classics to my to be read list as I can. I hate to say though that I almost always dread opening the book when it comes time to reading it. I felt the same reaction when I picked up Middlemarch and discovered that the book was just over 800 pages.
I did come away with a positive opinion from the book. On one day in particular I invested a significant amount of time to reading the book without interruption, as opposed to on commercials at night as I had been and really got into the flow of the book. At the end though I felt I had been dealt a bad hand by the summary on the back of the book because I really didn't see what I had been lead to expect.
I enjoyed reading the book but I came to the realization that I get more enjoyment and understanding out of listening to the classics than reading them. I have the annoying tendency to skim over whatever texts I read and with classics much can be missed when this tactic is done. I try to slow down but I don't feel like taking hours to read these so called classics when I don't know if the book is actually good or not.
I recommend the book but from now on will look for audio versions of the classics in order to "read" them.