The Third Annual Dickens Challenge! A Triple Threat ;)

(Note – edited to bring three to one…) Happy 211th birthday, Charles Dickens! That is right, Charles Dickens was born on February 7th, 1812. If you recall, on the last two C.D. birthdays Yvette Prior and I started a Dickens Challenge. In 2021 we did Little Dorrit. Last year, 2022, we did Bleak House. This year, the third, we are going to be joined by a third, Marsha Ingrao, and it will be a real triple threat – we are letting you, yes YOU, choose three one of Dickens’ novellas! Yep, any three (novella) you chose, though if you do just one, that is better than nothing (uhm, it has been changed to one..).

Trying to find a novella beyond A Christmas Carol, or some of his other Christmas novellas, might not seem an easy task, so you can try a few places. Here is a list of works, and you can find novellas and short stories listed. And here is Wikipedia’s version of a list of Dickens’ works. Here is Project Gutenberg’s selection of Dickens’ works. You can find works on Amazon, though it seems like the Kindle store is the best for novellas, and I am sure at many other book sellers. (See Yvette’s post with descriptions of 5 of Dickens’ novellas)

I am going to copy directly from Yvette’s Challenge intro (see it here!!) and let her tell you what we have planned for this year (I also stole the image at the top from Yvette):

This year’s Invitation:

  • The 2023 #DickensChallenge invites you to read ANY THREE of Dickens’ novellas between February 7th and June 9th, 2023 (the dates for the challenge align with Dickens’ date of birth and date of death). Then share about your reading in a post (or posts) or via comments on one or all of the host blogs. 
  • We will allow comments to be shared  until around June 16th – and then we will raffle off the gift cards by entering the names of participants into a raffle. 
  • Use this hashtag: #Dickenschallenge
  • We will be making a master page with info – coming soon 

Start planning now! June will be here sooner than you think. Pick your three novellas and beginning reading.

Hope you join us :)

(If you missed it, we changed the challenge from three novellas to just one! I like my triple threat, so didn’t change the wording much…)

48 thoughts on “The Third Annual Dickens Challenge! A Triple Threat ;)

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  16. Prior...

    Hi Trent – I like the triple threat too and maybe it still fits because three hosts of the challenge

    Also – you tend to have great phrases/titles
    For example – I borrowed your “what the dickens”

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The title was a perfect fit – the third year, the three of us hosting it and then three novellas. I guess two of three isn’t bad ;) lol Thanks re: titles. I liked your “What the Dickens” and didn’t realize it was a borrow.

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      1. Prior...

        I thought I mentioned I was borrowing it (what the dickens) in the first email I sent to you and Marsha ?
        Anyhow – on another note – hard to believe the challenge is here and February is almost half over

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              1. Prior...

                well I would not quote say I felt panic – lol -not even slight – but I know what you mean with that – and letting anything feel too “heavy” is truly silly
                so when I said lighter – I guess I meant it felt less like work – the book last year was fun but then did feel like work at times – even if it was still fun – (does that make sense?)

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                  1. Prior...

                    yes, and it was not even slight anxiety – hahahah
                    it really just was a little “heavy” or “weighty” – and the one novella felt lighter
                    so maybe like if I had to write a 40 page paper on a topic – which could be fun even though a huge task – and then it was changed to a 10 page – my exhale and change of approach is lighter

                    okay – probably way too much chat about the wording of this – but I guess as authors we just love words… eh?

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                    1. Prior...

                      I just got a paperback from a book bin at a coffee shop and the title is funny – “the superior person’s book of words” by Peter Bowler
                      And besides the title being funny – the words are pretty unique

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Great! I do like reading them in paper, but that is still a great way to stay ahead.
      I just this minute went back and edited this post to say they need to read just one novella instead of three.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I just discovered that you are no the only one who said THREE works by Dickens, even short ones, might not prove to be an easy task… It looks like we are goign to change the challenge to ONE novella by Dickens, not three.

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