Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 200th Birthday Charles!

Today is Charles Dickens 200th birthday.  Several years ago, I set out to read all of his works.  But, I have learned after reading all of Jane Austen in about a month period, that reading the same author back to back is not as good as savoring their works with breaks in between.  When I set out on my quest about 14 years ago, I finished A Tale of Two Cities and was so moved by it, that I said, "For now, I rest with this work of Dicken's in my heart. "  Honestly, that book changed me.

Well, the time has come again to revisit Charles Dickens.  This past December I did read, "A Christmas Carol", "The Chimes" and "A Cricket on the Hearth"  and "The Life our Lord".  "The Life of Our Lord" is absolutely wonderful and really shows Dickens in a unique light.  It is a fast read and I highly recommend it.  For various reasons, that book is often not included with his works.  (If you buy the book, the forward explains it).

Anyway, below is a list of his novels.  I hope to read most of these this year.  I have already read about 1/2 on the list, so I think this is doable.


Paige said...

A noble goal. But better one set by you than me, I must say.

Tess said...

I think I'll pick a few from this list...