I liked A Christmas Carol, I liked The Chimes and I liked Cricket on the Hearth. The last two stories however, weren’t that great in my opinion. I didn’t get into the story of The Battle of Life at all until I was well past the first half of it. It wasn’t entirely bad because of a few characters I liked; I also liked the little scene at the inn. Come to think of it, that’s probably where I finally stopped sighing and got interested instead…
The Haunted Man was entertainable at most. It didn’t move me as much as it maybe should have? I knew there was some suspense meant to be in there, but it just didn’t have any effect on me whatsoever.
The story I probably liked best was Cricket on the Hearth. Great characters, great story with a very surprising twist in the end.
End conclusion is that I was planning on reading this book every year around the Christmas holidays, but after reading it for the first time now, I say once every 2-3 years and only the first three stories will be a lot more realistic instead.