the complete original short stories of Guy De Maupassant which I'd downloaded from Project Gutenberg. There are 300 short stories in the collection, and in an earlier post, I predicted that this would be the last book I finish reading in 2016.
As I post this, I've read 75% of the short stories and will probably finish them all before this year is out. I've already begun looking into which author I'll read after finishing Guy De Maupassant. At first, I considered French writer Émile Zola's Rougon-Macquart series which consists of 20 novels. I didn't want to commit myself to the task of reading all twenty until I've read the first,The Fortune of the Rougons . I changed my mind about Zola presently when I discovered that many of the early English translations, which I'd download from Project Gutenberg were "bowdlerized" versions of his work.
I have two other choices. Marcel Proust's seven volume In Search of Lost Time (AKA Remembrance of Things Past) which is available at the Project Gutenberg Australia website - the work is under copyright in the U.S., but not Australia.
The other choice is something written by E.Phillips Oppenheim. I may try at least one of Oppenheims novels before making a major commitment on Proust.