Today (Feb 7th) is the birthday of Charles Dickens.

Happy birthday, Charles.

I think he’s busy dreaming. Photo courtesy of Canva.com.

To bring that into the present day, today also marks the start of the THIRD ANNUAL Charles Dickens reading challenge started by Trent McDonald and Yvette Prior.

Photo courtesy of Canva.com.

This year I’m so honored and excited that they invited me to join them as a host. That means I’ll be posting every so often about my progress and thoughts.

The hosts are TrentYvette, and me.

  • Year One: 2021 –  Little Dorrit
  • Year Two: 2022 –  Bleak House
  • Year Three: 2023 – One of the Five Novellas of Your Choice 
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • THE CHIMES
  • THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH
  • THE BATTLE OF LIFE
  • THE HAUNTED MAN

Get to Know Charles Dickens

Learn more about Charles Dickens from the Charles Dicken’s Museum

This Year’s Invitation:

  • For the 2023 #DickensChallenge we invite you to read ANY ONE of Dickens’ five novellas between February 7th and June 9th, 2023 (the dates for the challenge align with Dickens’ date of birth and date of death). Then share about your reading in a post or via comments on one or all of the host blogs. 
  • Feel free to create a post of your own about your reading and link it to our posts.
  • We will allow comments to be shared until around June 16th – and then we will raffle off gift cards by entering the names of comment participants into a raffle. 
  • Use this hashtag: #Dickenschallenge if you link a post so we don’t miss you.
  • We will be making a master page with info – coming soon 
  • Readers can find a nice list of Dickens’s works here
  • Readers can access some of Dickens’s works on Project Gutenberg here

Trent and I have copied directly from Yvette’s Challenge introduction and let her tell you what we have planned for this year. You can see both of their links above.

I will include links back to your posts in each of my posts like I do for WQ as a thank-you for taking part!

Don’t forget!

You can also link to What’s on your Bookshelf for even more interactions. Remember that there are four places to link for that challenge.

I also like to list what I’m reading each week to Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share and read about what others are doing as well.

See you tomorrow for WQ (Wednesday Quotes). There’s still time to post your link for Let’s Chill.

  • WQ Page
  • WQ #6: February 8: LOVE/RED
  • WQ #7: February 15: GRID/GRIDLOCK/LINES
  • WQ #8: February 22BELOW/WRITER’S CHOICE/DOUBLE DIP CHALLENGES/WOTY

Happy Reading!


44 responses to “Dickens Challenge February 7th – June 9th”

  1. #WQ #10: Identifying What Is Rare and Precious to You – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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  10. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Hi Marsha, it is great that you are co-hosting with Yvette and Trent this year. I already have all the novellas and short stories written by Mr Dickens and am nearly finished reading my second one. I will start posting them soon. This is so much fun! I love being able to share my readings of Dickens with other people.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, you are amazing. Which was your favorite?

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  11. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – Thank you for mentioning |#WOYBSC.
    I am totally IN for the Dickens Challenge. Greatly looking forward to it!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome!!!

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  12. Sadje Avatar

    That’s a good challenge. I’ll try to take part.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Let me know what you choose. I still have to pick my novellas.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Okay, I’ll check them out.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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  13. Natalie Avatar

    Sounds like a great challenge, Marsha. I read a few of Dickens’ books a while ago. Thank you for the mention of WCS. I look forward to reading your updates.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Natalie. 🙂

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  14. fenlandphil Avatar

    I have just bought a copy of Black Eyed Blond by Benjamin Black, it is a Philip Marlowe novel. Raymond Chandler is the one author I wish I could write like, I am not the only one who feels the same Lawrence Osborne, R B Parker have taken up the baton, and Barry Fantoni with his Mike Dime novels too have tried with varying success.
    I am looking forward to Benjamin Black’s take.
    As for Dickens, when I was at junior school I read Oliver Twist, it took a good few pages before I found the rhythm of Dickens’ writing, it was a set book I had to read, otherwise, I might have left it before I reached that point. Once I had got to that point I couldn’t put it down, I loved it. That is the only one of his books I can remember reading although I am sure there must have been others.
    I wonder who wanted to write like Dickens, who were, who are his imitators.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, some good questions, Phil. I don’t know who his imitators were, but I’m going to find out, now that you’ve brought it up. Maybe some of the other Dicken’s fans know the answer.

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  15. Debbie Avatar

    We’re reading Great Expectations next for our online bookclub so will definitely join in! Thanks for linking to our WOYBS posts Marsha – and it sounds like a great challenge. I’ll look at the links you’ve provided to see what else I might be able to read.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome. I love Great Expectations. 🙂

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  16. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    I am so amazed by your contribution and their continued admiration for this most loved man! 💗

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Join us if you get a chance! You could write a CD inspired poem!

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        I will try.. I feel so inadequate with his work! 💞

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Who isn’t???

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  17. sustainabilitea Avatar

    He’s definitely not a “Chuck” person. 🙂 Yes, my mind is often quirky like this as you well know. 🙂 I may have to find one of the novellas and participate. We shall see. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I still have to pick mine, so let me know what you choose. I’ll join you!

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  18. writerravenclaw Avatar

    I work in a school, and have read Romeo and Juliet, Midsomer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Those are classics, and huge influencers for sure.

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      1. writerravenclaw Avatar

        I’m not keen on Romeo and Juliet. She definitely could have done better, and Romeo needed to make up his mind.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That sounds like a song long ago, Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cEFh9zurug

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  19. eklastic Avatar

    Does listening count? I adore Richard Armitage as a reader (film fans and/or fantasy fans might know him as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy) – apparently he is known as “ear candy”. He has read “David Copperfield” for audible and it is magnificent. But that’s not a novella, by all means. He has, however, also read “The Chimes” which might qualify. Of course, there are other Dickens’ novellas available as audio books but I cannot vouch for any of the other readers.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Listening always counts, for sure! I know “The Chimes is a novella. I have not checked out the ones I am going to read or listen to yet. Any suggestions?

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      1. eklastic Avatar

        No, sorry. Not being a native English speaker I have not been brought up on Dickens (or Austen or Brontë x3). I’m generally not a great fan of the mid to late 19th century literature. I prefer a bit earlier or a lot later.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I just lost our two comments back and forth – how weird. I can’t say that I read much Dickens as a student, but I have enjoyed several of his books as a blogger. Not being an English major, I missed a lot of literature and got more psychology and social studies courses.

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          1. eklastic Avatar

            My major (and honours) was drama. So I got an overdose of Shakespeare (although, to be honest I don’t think there is anything like overdosing on Shakespeare).

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I took a year of Shakespeare in high school, honors English. It’s so hard to read at that age. But when Mom and I went to England years later, we overdosed on Shakespearean plays (and others, too) seeing one to two plays a day for three weeks. We were traveling with a group of high school English teachers on with a college writing group. It was a heady experience that changed my views of Shakespeare forever.

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