This is the most enjoyable book that I’ve read in several months. I like the way that Dickens’ verbose descriptions seem to slow things down a bit, making for a nice, relaxing read. It’s also fun to see how details or characters that appear tangential in the moment get tied back into the story later.

I came away from this book curious to learn more about the French Revolution. It’s interesting to consider how A Tale of Two Cities reflects Dickens’ (and surely many of his contemporaries’) attitudes towards this historical event.

This book also convinced me that I need to revisit Great Expectations soon. I’m becoming more and more sure that my high school self just wasn’t ready for Dickens yet.