Good for you. I've never had the balls to read "The Canterbury Tales" although it's always remained a vague goal in my idea of the future. I read Joyce's "Ulysses" over the summer, for generally pretentious shits and grins, and that was daunting as well but you have to slog through it. I think a lot of great books would be better appreciated by being read with a really great class, or otherwise savvy group of people. Keep up the good reading, it's sorely needed.