Monday, July 9, 2012

My Dickens Update

Thank you so very much for all of the wonderful feedback in helping me to choose a next Dickens' novel.

Having just finished reading Adam Bede by George Eliot and having just finished listening to Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.........I had landed in that place that Lissa was blogging about.  I needed about five days to finish processing those let go.

When Lissa wrote those words........she was speaking for me.  I kind of flounder between books....not always.....but often.  Sometimes.....I get shaky.  Physically shaky. She is right, it is a problem of riches. Too.many.books. still left to read. 

That is why is was a relief for me to decide that a Dickens must come next.  When I wrote that post, looking for help to choose which one I should was totally unpremeditated.  I sat down to work on a different blog post and the Dickens post landed on the keyboard.  Okay.  Fine.  I got the inspiration.

On the same day that I identified the Dickens' inspiration, I also found my next audiobook from Librovox.  The relief of these decisions was almost palable.  :)  I felt such a peace......somewhat giddy, even.  I am so silly.  Am I alone in this reading addiction???  Am I the only silly person???  Oh, wait.  No. Lissa is, too.  I have such good company.   I love Lissa. :)

The recommended books & votes were as follows:

Great Expectations 1

                            Our Mutual Friend 3

David Cooperfield 2

                            A Tale of Two Cities 3

Martin Chuzzlewut 1

                             Little Dorrit 1

Eleven votes!  I feel blessed.  :)  Thank you so much for your assistance!  I very much enjoyed your thoughts and comments. 

As you can see, it was a tie between Our Mutual Friend and A Tale of Two Cities.  I am picking Our Mutual Friend.......because it was almost my first chocie for my first Dickens' read.  Maybe I will take on A Tale of Two Cities in the fall.  I have got to knock out a few of them.  Can't wait.

Is anyone else inspired to read a Dickens' novel they have yet to read?

Blessings to you on this beautiful summer morning from Our Hearts' Haven,

                    where we are a bit sad, having just said goodbye to my niece and her wee lass,


PS  I just realized that Willa is traveling this week........and what with my niece on her way back to New Hampshire today, please join me in praying to the patrons of travelers:  St. Christopher and The Three Holy Kings.  Your travel intentions are included!


  1. I've never read Our Mutual Friend. I'd love to hear what you think. I don't know the story at all. Somehow I think of Dickens as a winter read, though. Don't know if I can read him in summer! How's that for irrational? LOL!

  2. I think you are right, Faith! Dickens does feel like winter literature.

    Perhaps I should go visit come of our Aussie friends while I read the book. :)

    The last couple of years I have read Twain in the summer. That feels right, too. :)

    I will plow through Our Mutual Friend in the summer anyway. It will probably take me a long while.....I am reading it through the Kindle app on my iPhone. :)

    I also do not know anything of this plot.....that will be a novelty for me. I like it!

    God bless! Thanks for reading here!


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