Thursday, December 8, 2016

Book Beginning: A Christmas Carol


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Marley was dead: to begin with.

-- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I've never read this; I just assumed I had because I've seen so many movies and plays and cartoons. I decided to finally read the book, or at least the audiobook.

And it's terrific! I always forget how funny Dickens is. There are droll asides, witty bits, and sarcasm that is lost in the syrupy movie adaptations.


  1. The perfect book for the season!

  2. Taking another look at A Christmas Carol is a great idea. These stories stick around for a reason.

    Thank you for hosting during this busy time of year.

  3. Always a classic beginning! I need to re-read this:)

  4. And what a perfect first line! Glad you are enjoying it.

  5. Perfect time of year to read this one! Great choice! :)

  6. Classics are just that for a reason, the original versions are always the best!

    I read this one many years ago and alomg with so many other greats of their times, I keep promising myself that I will get around to some re-reads ... One day!

    A good seasonal choice to compliment your lovely daily Christmas countdown - Enjoy :)


  7. I have never read this book either, but I have seen it on TV.

    ENJOY your day and your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  8. Definitely the right time of year. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  9. I have never read this book and really just recently forgave Dickens for my high school required reading trauma! This book is definitely one I want to read in the future - hopefully next Christmas. I hope you're enjoying it!

  10. I've always wanted to read this one but never actually gotten around to it. I might have to add it to my holiday reading list.
    Thanks for hosting and sharing.

  11. Great Old Favorite to feature in December. Like others I have never read it just watched various shows based on the story.

  12. And it's short! The audiobook is not even three hours long, unlike most Dickens books.

  13. I think I may have "read" it in college. The seventh graders at the school where I teach read it earlier in the semester, and the week before Thanksgiving, we took them to see the musical version at one of our local (and by local, I mean an hour away) universities. It was fabulous.

  14. A Christmas Carol is one of the books I want to read before this year is over.

  15. I have a copy of this classic, beautifully illustrated by Greg Hildebrandt, and I read it every Christmas. Thanks for the reminder to share it with my granddaughter. Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings too.

  16. It's been years since I read the book, but I knew that first line. Great choice.

    Last night, I put in the wrong link to my entry, but I've put in the correct one now. Sorry about that.


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