I've already done posts about how I came to know Jane Austen, Emma and Les Miserables so I figured it was time for a Charles Dickens post. Enjoy!
When I was much younger, I read Great Illustration versions of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale Of Two Cities. You know the ones - an illustration on every other page. They were pretty basic but I enjoyed reading them - especially Oliver as my family owned the movie/musical version and watched it on a semi-regular basis.
Then, I started blogging. I read reviews of Little Dorrit and Bleak House (the movies) on Amy's blog and I was intrigued About that time, several friends recommended Little Dorrit to me (again the movie) and I developed a great love of period drama. When I found out our library had it, I immediately put a hold on it and a couple of days later - splitting it up over several days - we started it. And it was perfect. Especially the wedding. :)
I read the book - though I was slightly intimidated by its size (I hadn't heard about Les Miserables yet) but I floundered through it, using the film as my beacon and finally finished it. What next? Well, after such success with reading LD, I decided to start Bleak House (the book). I got to the part where Tulkinghorn tells Lady Dedlock, in so many words, that Esther is alive, and I quit.
Then, I watched Bleak House. It was another hit - not quite as as Little Dorrit but still awesome in its own right (I couldn't enjoy the wedding though). I gave the book another try and got through it. Finally, the Charles Dickens bug bit me. I read Oliver Twist and Great Expectations one after another and read Little Dorrit again.
I now have several Charles Dickens books, have watched many of the adaptions of his novels and am waiting, waiting, waiting for next year to study A Tale with my mom in English Lit (she won't let me read it until then).