I don't consider myself a Dickens fan (I only ever read the Cliff Notes to David Copperfield, Longest Book Ever), but I have a deep love for A Tale of Two Cities. This is partly due to the use of my favorite literary mechanism ever: parallelism (I'm sure my Mathlete sister would approve). It is also partly due to the famous opening lines: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
That pretty much sums up my life right now:
Best of times: new apartment in Astoria, moving in with Drummer Dan, less rent.
Worst of times: layoffs at work, benefit cuts, possibly salary cuts.
Less applicable is my actual favorite part of the opening: "...it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity..." I just really like the words "epoch" and "incredulity." I could probably write an entire entry on words that I like, but I doubt anyone would find that interesting. (Preview: "catalyst" and "sarcophagus" Bored, right?)
[Updated floor plan to come, once I figure out how to scale it in InDesign. I can't do proportions any more. My Mathlete sister is disappointed in me.]