In my British Literature class, I have my students choose to read either Shelley's Frankenstein or Austen's Pride and Prejudice, then follow a primarily independent, self-directed novel study that I set up for them. I unite their study of these books using a list of "Romantic Era themes" that the students engage in a culminating literary analysis essay at the end of the unit.
Most of their time is spent filling out individual reading journals as they read, which I've included as printable files in this document. These include the format and models for journal entries and pre-set reading chunks that keep students at similar paces for both books. Other resources in my unit that you'll find in this document as printable files include: multiple background research activities for both novels, character "scavenger hunts" for both novels, mid-book quizzes for both novels, final discussion guides for both novels, and the full prompt, rubric, and MLA format guide for their final essay.
I've enjoyed this unit as a nice balance between complete student choice and a fully directed novel study. Students choose their books and the focus of the journal entries, but they are still given plenty of directed activities to keep them on track with what is going on in the books.