I got into him Christmas of my junior year when I read A Christmas Carol and set off on my journey. Of course Oliver Twist was one of the first books of his I read but I've almost totally forgotten it since except for "Please, sir; I want some more" and Bill Sikes' dog dying at the end. If there's one novel I *really* need to reread it's Little Dorrit: don't remember a thing about it. Also Our Mutual Friend, which is my favorite of his -- I remember you reading some Dickens a while back; what did you think of that one?
I'll need to reread Bleak House eventually but I didn't enjoy it that much and it's over 1000 pages, longer than even most Dickens novels. I actually started on Oliver Twist yesterday and I've got the first 40 pages down.
Hard Times is his worst going away.