The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton
A truly stunning and unique achievement. At around the 300 page mark, I stopped trying to take notes, as it was almost impossible, and just lost myself in the myriad of plots and characters. The last 150 pages alone are award worthy.
Cannot wait to see how it'll be adapted for TV, but I hope it's at least 4-6 hours long, as any shorter won't do it justice.
I would highly recommend reading this alongside other works, (I interspersed chunks of this with graphic novels and short stories/ya fiction) as it can be too much at times.