… so many wonderful books were written during your reign. And so many more, both fact and fiction, have been written about these years too.
And so I never can resist a Victorian Reading Challenge …
This is how it works:
- The Victorian Challenge 2012 will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2012. You can post a review before this date if you wish.
- You can read a book, watch a movie, or listen to an audiobook, anything Victorian related that you would like. Reading, watching, or listening to a favorite Victorian related item again for the second, third, or more time is also allowed. You can also share items with other challenges.
- The goal will be to read, watch, listen, to 2 to 6 (or beyond) anything Victorian items.
Now I love making lists of what I might read, and so I have made lists …
Six Victorian Novels
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (1841)
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery (1848)
The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1866)
The Odd Women by George Gissing (1893)
Liza of Lambeth by W Somerset Maugham (1897)
Six works of non fiction set during the reign of Queen Victoria:
Mr Briggs’ Hat by Kate Coloquon
The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders
A London Child of the 1870s by Molly Hughes
Magnificent Obsession by Helen Rappaport
Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale
Becoming Queen by Kate Williams
And six novels set in the Victoria era:
Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
The Whores’ Asylum by Kate Darby
The Seance by John Harwood
The Journal of Dora Damage by Belinda Starling
The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams
And I notice that Essie Fox has a new book coming to be published next autumn, which I am sure will be Victorian …
Now I should be very surprised if I read all of those books before the end of next year.
And I may well find other Victorian reading material.
But isn’t it nice to have such wonderful possibilities to ponder … ?