The 20 most common nouns in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Bookish Gifts #3 – 16 shopping days until Christmas
20 most common nouns in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Book Lovers’ Anthology: A Compendium of Writing about Books, Readers & Libraries published by the Bodleian Library (originally edited by R.M. Leonard)
“We should choose our books as we would our companions, for their sterling and intrinsic merit.” -C.C. Colton, “Lacon”
“The Book Lovers’ Anthology” contains snippets on reading, books and libraries from authors such as Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Jonathan Swift and George Eliot and poems about books from the likes of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and William Wordsworth. It may seem a bit dated to some as it was first published in 1911 but I feel that love of the written word is eternal. I will definitely be pulling some more quotes out of this compilation. Until then, I leave you with this one:
“Let us not forget the genial miraculous force we have known to proceed from a book. We go musing into the vault of day and night; no constellation shines, no muse descends, the stars are white points, the roses brick-coloured dust, the frogs pipe, mice peep, and wagons creak along the road. We return to the house and take up Plutarch or Augustine, and read a few sentences or pages, and lo! the air swims with life; the front of heaven is full of fiery shapes; secrets of magnanimity and grandeur invite us on every hand; life is made up of them. Such is our debt to a book.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Thoughts on Modern Literature”
As I usually post a book review on Wednesdays, I thought this one would be particularly appropriate.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Review: Although I have seen countless variations of this Christmas classic on screen (my favorite, of course, being The Muppet Christmas Carol), I had never actually read the original text. It is slightly spookier reading of Dickens’ ghosts but overall the end still left me with the same good feeling that I have gotten so many times before. It really is a Christmas classic.
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
Total Reading Time: 6.5 hours
Review: This book is similar to Pearl’s other novels that I’ve read. The history aspects were well researched & integrated nicely into the story. However, the mystery aspect was just meh.