My reading life has been woefully neglectful toward Dickens........something that is somewhat of a sore point with my youngest daughter.......the one child of mine who had read most of her Dickens by the time she was 15 years old.
And she says that A Christmas Carol does not count as having read Dickens.......no matter what I say.
So about two years ago.....I read my very first Dickens novel. I chose Bleak House because Willa's oldest daughter had been mentioning it on her blog, or somewhere........and it just seemed like an unlikely place to begin.
This week I finished a novel by George Eliot........and I am almost finished with a Thomas Hardy novel. I was ready to jump into another Eliot.....when I realized I better knock out another Dickens. This deficiency is much too embarrassing.....especially as I strive to be a well-read-person.
One of the reasons I hesitate to pick a Dickens is the overwhelming task of picking just one, the right one. And it is such a commitment! I want it to be the right commitment. I suppose I may well read most of them eventually.......so I could just randomly pick, I suppose, and get a move on.......buuuuuuut, I thought I would come to all of you for help. Let YOU randomly choose for me!
Sooooooo......please leave your favorite Dickens' title in the comments......and I will choose the most popular. If there is a tie.......well, I will figure it out then. I really do forsee a three-way tie between the three people who may comment. :)
And, if YOU are woefully behind in reading your fair share of Dickens as well.......join me! It is time we get a move on! No more being left out!
By the way, I highly recommend Bleak House. It is wonderful! I have never read a better paragraph on the description of fog in my entire reading career. ;)
Please help me, fellow bibliophiles!!