Tuesday 3 January 2012

Charles Dickens Bicentennial 2012...

Dickens 2012 is the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth ~ born on the 7 February 1812 - he is considered to be the greatest English novelist of the Victorian era.

BBC History

I thought that I might try to read as many of Dickens novels as I can during the year....here are my choices...

Martin Chuzzlewit
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
David Copperfield
Our Mutual Friend
A Tale of Two Cities
Oliver Twist
Nicholas Nickeby
Bleak House
The Old Curiosity Shop 

" No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot..."
Charles Dickens : Our Mutual Friend

There are several planned exhibitions find them here:

Dickens 2012
Museum of London
Charles Dickens Museum


  1. I hadn't realized this was a special Dickens year. I'll try to fit in at least one or two of his books, too. I loved ToTC and David Copperfield. Thought Oliver Twist was OK, but not great.

    I've had NN and Bleak House on my "to be listened" list for a while (librivox has them available for download), so maybe I'll try to push those farther up the list. :-)

  2. It's been a while since I've read his books and really enjoyed The Christmas Carol for our BOTM. Since I have a few on my Nook, I think that I'll fit in a couple in honor of this special birthday. What better way to be remembered than to have people read your work for 200 years!

  3. Hi ABL and Pcost - I'd love to compare notes as we go along, most of my choices are on my kindle - that way I can make to print a little larger !
    I think that audio versions would be very helpful - sometimes the books can get a bit hard work !

  4. If anyone will be in London over the next few months, there is an exhibition on Dickens in the Museum of London:

  5. Hi H - Thanks so much for providing the link to the Dickens exhibition -I've now added some additional information links for those in the UK...x

  6. Good luck with your Dickens reading this year. I am going to try and read David Copperfield - got it ready on my Kindle.

  7. Hi Lindsay - thanks for the encouragement. I think David Copperfield is one of my favourites ..hope you enjoy it..


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