Author: Charles Dickens
Date Finished: 26/03/14
Re-Read? : First time read
Challenges? : Yes – The Classics Club
Overall: 3/5 – just average
It feels like ages since I last posted on here – I’ve been very busy this month (as usual) with coursework and a brilliant few days in Paris with my school French A-level trip (I don’t actually do French A2 but I did AS last year!!) In all this bustle I didn’t get chance to post earlier in the month when it was my 2nd blogovesary! Thank you so much to everyone who has continued to read my little blog over the past two years – your interest is hugely appreciated!
Anyway back to Dickens: as you can probably tell, I didn’t really get much chance to read this month and therefore my reading of A Christmas Carol was rather bitty. I think this spoiled the book slightly for me, as Dickens is one of those authors you really ought to settle down with and immerse yourself in their world. Since I could’t do this, the 3/5 would probably change with a re-read.
The plot was quite simple, since the book is so short and I wasn’t particularly captivated, as the story is so well-known. I didn’t need to turn the pages to know what happened next, which is probably another reason I only dipped in and out of the book. Obviously it’s a nice, heart-warming story of redemption, but it is probably more suited to a cosy winter evening rather than a busy March springtime too. The characters and setting are also well-known so I don’t really feel the need to comment on them; all were very Dickensian and I hope to enjoy it all more on a re-read. Definitely a book I’d recommend as a winter read and not one to take on a hot summer holiday!