It is my great honor to announce that today is the birthday of Charles Dickens, my favorite author! Dickens (obviously we are on a last name basis) is a remarkable writer, and I strive to even come close to his greatness in my own writing some day. He is a master storyteller, has a flair for darkness, and is remarkably hilarious and brilliant. Alright, I will stop gushing.
I think everyone grew up with stories like A Christmas Carol around the holidays, and Oliver Twist, but it wasn't until fairly recently that I really fell in love with Dickens. I watched the BBC adaptation of Bleak House and I was hooked. I then went on to watch Little Dorrit - which is probably my all-time favorite thing to watch, ever. I thought to myself, these adaptations are so amazing, wouldn't the book be even better? Yes. Little Dorrit was amazing, Bleak House a little less so, and David Copperfield was an interesting book. They are epic tomes and hard to get through at times, but so worth it.
I am a little embarrassed to call Dickens my favorite author when I have only technically read 3/20 of his novels. What kind of fan am I? I am making it a goal for this year to tackle as many of these texts as I can. I will keep updating this list as I tick them off one by one!
I hope that I can inspire even one person to give a second glance to this perfect Victorian gentleman, and pick up one of his books.
Novels (Gray = Read)