Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday Tea and a Review

Today we celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens' birthday (February 7) also known as Super Bowl 50.  Wilder was one of my favourite authors as a kid.  I loved her Little House on the Prairie series, but  now that I think about it this series was one that I never reread and I sort of wonder why (note to self: pick up the first book on audio and see if this novel holds up to what Little K raves about). I also watched the television series when it aired the reruns in the late 1980s.

Since I first had a "to be read" list, Mr. Charles Dickens has been on it (I think Tale of Two Cities was the first book I added - not yet read though).  First, I read Great Expectations  for English 12 and, unfortunately, the romance and character expectations fell a bit for me. I never really enjoyed any of the movies based on the novel as well.  Then I read Hard Times for an English class and really enjoyed the somber novel.  It has the gritty realism of the Victorian age yet the hopefulness as well.  After reading A Christmas Carol - and rating it five stars - I have officially added Dickens to the list of "at least try every novel".

Happy birthday, Laura and Charles wherever you are in book heaven!

Written by Charles Dickens
1843, 104 Pages
Genre: holiday, fiction, paranormal, classics

Rating: ★★★★★

I did it, I did it!!! I finally read this book and before Christmas Day ended.  It is a story we all know well and could tell in our sleep as most of us watch a film version during the holidays.  I have always put this novel off as Dickens is so depressing and I felt like since I knew the story maybe I would not enjoy it as much.  From the first page I was hooked and I loved the narrator’s tone.  It was not depressing but instead very uplifting that it is never too late to change.  This thin novel invoked many emotions – of sadness, anger, compassion, forgiveness, happiness and hope – and that was just from me as a reader.  I think it is a novel I will read again – it is a perfect novel to read out loud. If you have been avoiding this novel for any reason you may wish to reconsider as you are missing out on a holiday classic. 

k (My Novelesque Life)

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