Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Completed Challenge: Victorian Challenge

What I Read:

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
A Boy Called Dickens. Deborah Hopkinson.
Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller. Catherine Wells-Cole.
The Mistress of Nothing. Kate Pullinger.
Being God's Friend. Charles Spurgeon.
Power in the Blood. Charles Spurgeon.
The Practice of Praise: How To Develop the Habit of Abundant, Continual Praise In Your Daily Life by Charles Spurgeon.
Grace God's Unmerited Favor. Charles Spurgeon.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Light Princess. George MacDonald. 1864. 110 pages.
The Princess and the Goblin. George MacDonald. 1872. 259 pages.
Cousin Henry. Anthony Trollope. 1879. 336 pages.
Dombey and Son. Charles Dickens. 1846-1848. 880 pages.
Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death that Changed the British Monarchy. Helen Rappaport. 2012. St. Martin's Press. 352 pages.
Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch. Kate Williams.
The Queen of Hearts. Wilkie Collins. 1859. 484 pages.

What I Watched:

Jane Eyre (1944)
David Copperfield (1935)
Victoria and Albert (2001)
North and South (2005)
The Valley of Decision (1945) (set in America/England)
Young Victoria (2009)
Jane Eyre (1983)
Jane Eyre (2011)
Jane Eyre (1934, 1944, 1949)
Jane Eyre (1970, 1973)
Jane Eyre (2006)
Jane Eyre (1997)
Jane Eyre (1996)
Pickwick Papers (1985)
Our Mutual Friend (1998)

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