As far as a reading "challenge", I finally (some of you are gonna roll your eyes at this one) read the Dark Phoenix saga. Finally. It was really good.
I have the first 3 Uncanny masterworks in TPB, so essentially the Omnibus, and that stops sorta in the middle of this, so I got it from my library and read it. Took awhile - Claremont's not afraid of lots of expedition (but then that's the way of 80's comics for the most part, isn't it?)
It was interesting to see the different power levels in those earlier issues for Wolverine, Storm, etc... compared to now. Knowing Jean came back later did knock the 'pow' out of the big finale, but it was still a really good read. Recommended. Some iconic images in these issues, especially of Wolverine (like him hanging from the ceiling over the Hellfire Club troops, etc...)