Completed Language Tree in 1 Week :)
At first I was just going to dabble in Esperanto, but as soon as I started the course I was hooked! It was so fun, I couldn't stop myself from racing through the whole course really quickly. I really enjoyed it, and I can't wait for more skills to be released. Until then I'll just be trying to prolong my streak by reviewing.
I've already started reading some translated novels (Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, etc), but I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about original Esperantan novels - have you read any, and what did you think of them?
I have read three novels in Esperanto. My first one was Gerda Malaperis. It's quite easy and since you finished the course here in Duolingo you probably already have more then enough vocabulary do read it. I don't think Gerda Malaperis was an interesting story, but it simple and a good first novel to read.
Just after that I read Vere aŭ Fantazie. It's a little bit harder then Gerda Malaperis, but still very simple to read. An advantage here is that the stories in this book are quite good.
Now I just finished reading La Eta Princo and I'm thinking into start reading Fajro sentas mi interne.
All these books are freely available on the Internet and you will easily find them.
My favorite beginner novel is Fajron Sentas Mi Interne. It's available online, but I still have fond memories of reading the actual book, which was my first book in a foreign language. :)
Esperanto-USA Retbutiko has readers for basic, intermediate, and advanced levels under the heading "Texts for learning to read." These include original books such as Gerda Malaperis!, Karlo, Ili Kaptis Elzan!, Joĉjo: la Amiketo, etc. They also have categories called "Long Prose, Original", and "Short Prose, Original." Some of these titles, such as Karlo, may be free online from sources such as Vikifontaro (Wikisource) or Project Gutenberg (Esperanto Bookshelf).
By the way, I just found that archive.org has a file with all the L. Frank Baum Oz books translated into Esperanto. They also have the English versions, so you can open the PDF files up and just glance over to the English if you don't know some word in the Esperanto text.
I don't have any recommendations for you, but I just want to say... ME TOO! I was planning to finish the French and Spanish trees before I started to dabble in Esperanto, but I decided to go ahead and do Basics 1 tonight, and as you say... I'm hooked! The language just makes so much SENSE! Mi sxatas multe esperanton!