Today, February 7, is Charles Dickens’ birthday. Dickens needs no introduction, though last year I filled a couple of paragraphs with introduction. And thinking back to last year, if you remember, Yvette Prior and I ran a little “Little Dorrit” challenge. The idea was to read the book before the anniversary of Dickens’ death on June 9th and then have a discussion. I ended up reading the entire book at the last minute. Oh well. But it was fun and I’m glad we did it.
In fact, it was so fun that we are repeating the challenge! No, no, no, we are not asking you to read “Little Dorrit” again! No, this year the challenge is to read “Bleak House” by the 9th of June.
When I did a search of “the best Dickens’ book” I found that many scholars give that honor to “Bleak House”, even though it is not necessarily the most popular. And, of course, it is all a matter of opinion, so a few scholars had other books as their top pick.
So, the way it works is that Yvette and I will read this book and each of us will do a post or two on it, but to make it fun we are inviting others to join in! We’d like other posts about it and discussion on our posts. The more people who participate, the better it will be.
As an incentive, we are going to put the names of the participants into a drawing for an Amazon gift certificate so you can buy more Dickens’ books. OK, just more books, they don’t have to be Dickens…
Earlier today, Yvette put up a post about the challenge. She would like us all to use the hashtag “#Dickenschallenge” which I am doing starting with this one!
Yvette also pointed people to a free version here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1023
I have already started reading the book (paperback) so I won’t have to do it at the last minute this time! In fact, I’m about 125 pages into it.
Are you ready? On your marks, get set, GO!!