Great Expectations. This happens to be the first Dickens' novel I read and one of my favorites. Teaching it to 9th graders for the past several years, unfortunately, has made it a little less enjoyable. The novel's provided some of the most famous characters in literature, including Pip and Miss Havisham. If you're looking for a good film adaptation, check out the recent BBC 3-part mini-series available on Amazon. Although it strays significantly from many of the facts of the story, it remains true to the novel's themes. I'm sure if you YouTubed "Miss Havisham sets herself on fire," you'd probably find some excellent unintentional comedy as well.
Tale of Two Cities. This Dickens' novel provides, perhaps, the most famous opening of any novel in the English language. The novel's opening sets the reader's expectations very high and Dickens delivers throughout. If you're in to guillotined heads (and who isn't), stories of personal redemption or just enjoy brilliantly crafted literature, you can't go wrong with this Dickens' classic.
David Copperfield. Oh my, this is a long novel, but well worth the time and effort. Dickens is at his absolute memorable character creating best with the likes of Mr. Murdstone, Mr. Micawber and the unctuous Uriah Heep. It's still a bit of a surprise that Heep's the only Dickens' character that is also the name of a 1970s rock band. I think "Mrs. Gummidge" or "Dora Spenlow" would rock! You do have to hand it to the modern day David Copperfield for stealing the title character's name for his magic show name. At least, I think it's a show name. I Googled the famous magician to learn his real name and discovered the 57-year old magician is engaged to 28-year old French actress and model Chloe Gosselin. Looks like Mr. Copperfield can work his magic off stage too.
Bleak House. I read Bleak House many years ago. So many years ago that I remember very little of what happened. I just remember people getting sick and this really nice old guy being engaged to a really hot young woman and me really wanting the marriage not to happen, which it doesn't. I also remember the novel being very, very good. My wife checked out the movie DVD from the library. We got through about four minutes of it. It was terrible. Read the book. Don't watch the movie.
A Christmas Carol. My favorite. I read it or watch it or both every December. I saw a production of the play on Christmas Eve last year at the Hale Center in Sandy, Utah, near Salt Lake City. Wonderful production. If you're ever in the Salt Lake area over the holidays, I strongly encourage you to attend. Read the book first, though.