12 Reads of Christmas 2019: Day 1

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”

– Ebenezer Scrooge

Welcome to the first of my 12 Reads of Christmas series, where I’m posting the things I like to read over the festive period every day from Christmas Day until Twelfth Night (6 January).

Day 1 is a clichéd one, I know but I can’t resist this Christmassy novella. A tale with a moral, spirits, Victorian England, what’s not to like?

I think this is an excellent introduction into the world of classics as, being a novella, A Christmas Carol is only a short read. It’s also the only one of Charles Dickens’s books I will voluntarily re-read as he rambles far too much (although I would too if I was paid by the word).

An added bonus is that if you’re struggling to read this book, there is a wealth of adaptations to choose from – a bandwagon the BBC have just jumped on, too. Here are some of my favourites.

Happy Christmas, readers!

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