This week I'm doing something slightly out of my comfort zone, and that's reading two books at once. Why you may ask? Well, I have two Charles Dickens novels sitting on my unread shelf currently and every time I pick them up and consider reading them, I'm filled with intimidation. The books I have are Oliver Twist and Great Expectations - so both are chunksters! Whilst reading a blog post on Pretty Books, a tip was given in the comments section for when it comes to reading Dickens. As Dickens, and many lengthy classic novels, were originally published serially it is easier to read them alongside another novel. So read a few chapters, go on to your other novel, come back to the classic, repeat - it's pretty simple when you think about it really, and makes a lot of sense seen as they weren't written to be consumed in a short space of time. I'll let you know how it works out for me!
Of the two Dickens novels, I've opted to start with Oliver Twist.
Alongside my chunky classic I've chosen to read...
The Shock of the Fall is Nathan Filer's debut novel and has received a lot of praise and recognition. Due to the subject matter of this novel - mental illness - I feel like this is likely to be a heavy read. If you're in the US, The Shock of the Fall is marketed under a different title, Where The Moon Isn't.
Have you read either of these novels? If so, how was your reading experience? Also, what book are you currently reading? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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