Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Challenge criteria: A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile

Blurb:

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

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More Celebrity Books I’ve Loved

Much as I love fiction, I do also love a little bit of non fiction from time to time. I admit, most of the non fiction books I read tend to be celebrity autobiographies. Even then, a lot of them are comedians. I’m not saying I have form, but yeah, I have form.

Some of these are a little based on the writer’s stand up routines, so you do need to keep in mind that if you’ve seen their shows it’s going to be more than a little familiar. If you’ve got a funny bone, you’ll really love these.

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Review: The Babysitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

Challenge criteria: A book published before you were born. (This book was published in 1986 and I was born in 1992.)

Blurb: 

Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun – and make tons of money.

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The write way to grow up

Once in a while, I like to give my room a good clear out. It settles me, and it passes away a few hours when I simply have nothing better to do with my time. Today, I went through the boxes in my bedroom to see what treasures lay hidden.

Among the old pairs of shoes that have worn down and the various items of clothes that are now too big/small for me, I found some old copy books. And not just any old copy books. These contained what I imagined to be my best selling novels, all written between the ages of eight and 14.

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