A Christmas Carol and Other Classics || Mini Reviews

Here a few classic reviews!

Out of all of these, I’ve only read one during my childhood years. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – I may have read in the past but I can’t recall that to be true or not.

Some of these books were enjoyable while others I didn’t find as appealing as they’ve been made out to be. Unpopular opinion: just because a book is dubbed a classic doesn’t mean it’s sensational.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Challenge prompt: Christmas books
Originally published: 1843

Pages: 74
Format: E-book


It was my first time reading the book and honestly it didn’t spark enough interest for me reread it every year. It’s a short read but carries with it a lot of deeper meaning. The book carries the typical Christmas themes of giving and kindness, and that everyone has a chance at redemption. There’s time to change your perspective and change your actions, even if some might need more encouragement than others. An interesting read, and my first book by Charles Dickens but not enough intrigued to make this a seasonal read on my shelf.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.07 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Originally published: 1886

Pages: 128
Format: Paperback


A straight to the point condensed version of this brilliant Gothic classic. This is an easy read and you can follow the story with perfect understanding without any addition detail. When it comes down to it, it’s easy to see the inner battle a person faces between good and evil, a battle between right and wrong. How far can one cross the line before you’ve reached a point of no return? This also is a good example about how our choices hold consequences and that with every action there’s ultimately a reaction to face.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.83 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Originally published: 1859

Pages: 311
Format: Paperback


I found the writing a little too complicated, yes even for a classic book from those ages. The lengthy sentences made the book feel dragged out but it’s a typical classics genre touch so I’ll leave it at that. It took a while for the story to pick up, the story is divided into three parts and by the time I reached the third part, I started losing some interest. Then part three suddenly peaked my interest again but the ending wasn’t what I had expected and that might’ve just saved the book from a lower ending. That all said, this is a book that will leave you with many thoughts long after you’re done reading it.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.86 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

The Wind in the Willows by Martin Woodside (Classic Starts)

Originally published: 1908

Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover


This is a reread from my childhood, and it was interesting to compare how I felt about the book then and how I felt reading it as an adult. It’s an easy and quick read, filled with different adventures as we follow the lives of a couple of animals doing human things. Each character has its own strengths and weaknesses, and some are more prominent than others. One of the biggest themes in the book is friendship and how good ones can overcome any obstacles! I take my hat off to everyone that had to deal with Mr. Toad though – he was a total handful and a half!

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.12 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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