Title: A Christmas Carol
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!
Hello everyone, been a while since I’ve done a weekly wrap-up and I expect to do a February wrap-up soon too, but there is a definite reason why I need to post today. Basically, one year ago to the day, I started book blogging! I literally cannot believe it was that long ago – this year has gone very quickly. I am really pleased with myself for persevering with the blog even when I had loads of exams and at times when I essentially wasn’t reading any books. It would have been very easy to just let it all go and not be able to start posting again. So yes, I am proud but I am also very very grateful. I wouldn’t have lasted one week, let alone one year without all the encouragement and interest that other book bloggers have always given me. I felt very welcomed and part of the community practically straight away, so thank you!
I think this is definitely a consequence of joining The Classics Club, which united so many book boggers across the world so I am extremely glad I was one of the first members of the club! I also more recently enjoyed the readathon hosted by the club – it is very pleasing to see it still gaining even more members. All the challenges, events etc have helped shape and structure my reading which I am very grateful for – with so many books to read, there needs to be some kind of help with which ones to read when!
This week I have been busy as usual, but not over-stressed so I have had a bit of time for reading in the evenings – I am really enjoying my reread of The Host. It’s a shame there aren’t more days in February, as I’m not really ready for March – we get our exam results next week and then it’s go go go for starting serious work for the next set of exams and some serious decisions about university. Anyway, I am hoping to finish The Host in the next fortnight and I am not really sure what I will feel like next. Thanks again for all your continuing encouragement, support and interest; I hope this is the first of many blogoversaries! (..does that exist..?!)