2012 Book 25: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (2/7/2012)
Reason for Reading: 12 in 12 Group Read
My Review: 4/5 stars
A blacksmith’s apprentice, Pip, is chosen by an unknown benefactor to become a gentleman because he has “great expectations.” Pip’s outlook on life changes as he develops into a gentleman, falls in love, and realizes how important family and friends are. The characterization in this book is fantastic (as is usual for Dickens), and the story has some deeply moving parts. However, it’s not my favorite Dickens novel. I’m not sure why this seems to be one of his most popular. But it was certainly enjoyable!