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A Christmas Carol | Review and Special Editions

I recently finished my annual read of A Christmas Carol and it has reignited my love for this story. I’m sharing some photos of my beautiful editions of this book, too, because the review is quite short and I thought some festive photos would be nice.  

A Christmas Carol is my favorite book I’ve read by Dickens. Granted, the only other books I’ve read are his Christmas stories and A Tale of Two Cities—so not a ton, but still. I enjoyed ATOTC, but it’s very dense and wordy which can make for more slow, laborious reading even though the story is amazing. I find ACC a breeze to read, which was a pleasant surprise the first time I read it. We’re all familiar with the story, so I love that his writing is something I want to return to every Christmas instead of just watching movie adaptations. I love my little tradition of reading it every December. It’s surprisingly easy reading for a classic. It is still wordy but it doesn’t feel dense at all, it just paints an incredibly detailed picture in your mind. I never see it mentioned, but Dickens writes (at least in this story) with a great sense of humor that I really appreciate. The story, of course, is fantastic and a reminder of how the kindness and spirit often present during the holiday season should be kept all year long. I just love it. 5/5  

Favorite quotes: “There are some upon this earth of yours who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name; who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.” 

“I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” 

“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.” 

On to the special editions! 

The first of the four copies of ACC I have is this little Collector’s Library clothbound number. It came with a dust jacket, but it’s so much nicer without it. It has gilded edges and some fantastic illustrations inside along with The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth. 

I’ve seen this edition around a lot, so I’m sure many of you have, too. This is one of the Barnes and Noble soft leather editions and the one I read this year. This cover is amazing! There are no illustrations inside but I still love it for when I’m only reading ACC and want a standalone copy.


This one might be my favorite. Look at the cover! The golden swirls, the stars and moon…I’m drooling. Also, just look at these end pages! Are you kidding me? This edition has A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man, 14 short stories and 3 short stories written with Wilkie Collins.

This is probably my second favorite of the four editions I own. I love the green (because every other one is red and gold) but I also love the lantern and holly design on the front. It’s simple but so nice. This has A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth and short stories from “Household Words” and “All the Year Round.” 

I love these editions and I love A Christmas Carol. I highly recommend it and am already looking forward to reading it again. Are you a fan of this Christmas classic? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Thanks for reading, 

Madison

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