Usually, I just mention challenges on my Behind-the-Scenes blog, but now and then I get so *very, very* excited about a new challenge, that I can't help mentioning it here too. Such is the case with Our Mutual Read. It is for reading Victorian literature. (Though neo-victorian is okay too, within limits). Anyway, it sounds super-fun. I'll be participating at level 2. I really want to say level three. But I'm afraid that may just be enthusiasm talking. (I think I approach reading challenges like I do pizza at the buffet.) So level two is where I'll be. For now at least!
~ Level 2: 8 books, at least 4 written during 1837 - 1901. The other books may be Neo-Victorian or non-fiction.
And I'll be doing the Period Film Mini-Challenge as well.
I hope to read some Trollope, Bronte, and Dickens. And maybe reading other reviews will help me find other authors to try from this period!
Period Film Mini-Challenge -- watch at least 6 films that take place between 1837 - 1901 (they don't necessarily have to be based on a book) and post a review.
- Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope. (1858)
- Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope. (1861)
I *really* loved reading the first two books in the Barsetshire series (The Warden, Barchester Towers)
- Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope. (1865)
- Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope. (1869)
I hope to start the Palliser series this year. I have loved all the Trollope I've read so far. (I've also read The Way We Live Now.)
- He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope. (1869)
I'll throw in this stand-alone novel as well. I love Trollope so much--he feels like a friend--I don't know if I can honestly get to all five of these Trollopes or not in one year. But we'll see!
- Miss Majoribanks by Margaret Oliphant (1866)
- Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1883)
I've not read any of her books before. But I'm looking forward to trying a new-to-me author.
- Adam Bede by George Eliot (1859)
- The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (1860)
- Romola by George Eliot (1863)
- Felix Holt, The Radical by George Eliot (1866)
- Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
I don't know which Eliot I'll get to this year. I read two last year (Middlemarch and Silas Marner) and it would be nice to read a few more this year.
- Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854-5)
- Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell (1863)
These are my three remaining Gaskell novels. I hope to read them this year. (I've read Mary Barton, Cranford, and Wives and Daughters.)
- Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (1855-1857)
- Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (1864-1865)
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1837-1839)
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1849-1850)
Dare I venture into Charles Dickens???? I've always been so intimidated by the books--though not the movies. So maybe I can try again?!
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)
- Armadale by Wilkie Collins (1866)
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)
I do want to read some more Collins. I did enjoy (despite the fact it was so didactic) Man and Wife. I am planning on participating in The Big Read with Leila of Bookshelves of Doom for The Woman in White.
January 6: The First Epoch: The Story Begun by Walter Hartright, Chapters I-VIII
January 8: Walter Hartright, Chapters IX-XV
January 11: The Story Continued by Vincent Gilmore; The Story Continued by Marian Halcombe
January 13: The Second Epoch: The Story Continued by Marian Halcombe, Chapters I-V
January 15: Marian Halcombe, Chapters VI-X; Postscript
January 18: The Story Continued by Frederick Fairlie, Esq.; The Story Continued by Eliza Michelson
January 20: The Story Continued in Several Narratives (This is a really short section, which will allow for any needed catching up.)
January 22: The Third Epoch: The Story Continued by Walter Hartright, Chapters I-VI
January 25: Walter Hartright, Chapters VII-XI
January 27: The Story Continued by Mrs. Catherick; The Story Continued by Walter Hartright, Chapters I-VII
January 29: The Story Continued by Isidor, Ottavio, Baldassare Fosco; The Story Concluded by Walter Hartright, Chapters I-III
And now for the Brontes...
- Shirley by Charlotte Bronte (1849)
- Vilette by Charlotte Bronte (1853)
- The Professor by Charlotte Bronte (1857)
- Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (1847)
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
And last but not least, just one more to add (so far):
- Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1862)
This would be a new-to-me author, but it looks like a good read!
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