Booktober 13th: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories - Alma Books

[This is Day 13 of #Booktober! Stay tuned for more recommendations!]

What It Is: The beloved classic story of a miserly old man who is shown how his life of selfishness and greed has harmed the people around him and prevented him from knowing the love and friendship of others.

Why You Should Read It: I realize this is probably the hardest sale for me to make, because I suspect most of my readers are already very familiar with Dickens’ most famous work. I’m further challenged in convincing you to read it because it’s mid-October, and Christmas is more than 2 months away. That said, recommending a “ghost story” during the spooky season makes sense to me. Furthermore, even if you’ve watched countless film and stage adaptations of this story, it would serve you well to read Dickens’ original, which contains a great deal of social commentary and religious flavor that is often removed almost entirely from the modern adaptations. This December, take a few hours and revisit the classic. You won’t be disappointed.

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