Where my Dickens peeps at? I need your help, yo.

Dickens rocks, amiright?

ca. 1840s-1860s — Original caption: Photograph of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) seated. Undated photograph. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

In 2017, I finally lived up to one of my long-time goals and read Great Expectations… and I loved it!

And so, in 2018, I’d like to continue my blossoming friendship with Mr. Dickens, and I need some advice. So far, the only Dickens I’ve read are Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities (one of my all-time favorite books). And while I haven’t actually read A Christmas Carol, I’ve seen enough stage and screen adaptations to make me feel like I know it well enough and don’t need to spend any more time on it.


Here’s where you come in. I’m looking for recommendations:

What’s your favorite Dickens book? What do you think I should tackle next?

Leave a comment with the title of the book you’re recommending, and — very important — tell me why you recommend it.

As a thank you, in addition to my eternal gratitude, anyone who leaves me a comment with a suggestion will be in the running for a small prize — so don’t be shy! 

We readers are an opinionated bunch. Now’s your chance to tell it like it is!

What Dickens book should I read in 2018, and why?


13 thoughts on “Where my Dickens peeps at? I need your help, yo.

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Great Expectations!! That’s definitely my favorite Dickens novel as well. The only Dickens novels I’ve read (besides the other two you mention here) are Hard Times and Oliver Twist, both of which I also enjoyed. Best of luck with your Dickens adventure! 🙂

  2. I love Oliver Twist and David Copperfield! Especially if you love Great Expectations, I think you’ll like these because they’re also about poor young boys making their ways in the unfortunate world of Victorian London. Oliver Twist has a bit more action while David Copperfield is more of a life narrative. I love Dickens so much!

  3. Well, I can’t help you, since I’ve read A Crhristmas Carol only last week and that’s the only Dickens I’ve ever read.
    But let me tell you, I absolutely loved it. And Dickens was such a great surprise for me, I had never imagined him to be that kind of author. I mean, I’ve always thought about him as quite a depressing author and kind of hard to read for that reason. Now I don’t think he is 😉

  4. I’ve only read A Tale of Two Cities and thought it was great – 5 stars for sure. But I just read a mystery book called The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders which is based on David Copperfield. I wish I knew that book, so I’m thinking I will eventually go back and read David Copperfield!

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