Sunday, December 29, 2013

2014 Victorian Reading Challenge

I've not hosted any challenges at Becky's Book Reviews lately. But. I really want to join a Victorian Reading Challenge, and since I haven't found one for this year, I thought I'd try hosting it myself. It will be a simple challenge. Nothing fancy. No giveaways. No monthly link-ups. Of course, if you want to share in the comments what you've been reading, you can! But no obligations to come back and leave links.

Goal: Read two or more Victorian books. Preferably books published during the Victorian years (1837-1901). But books about those years are fine. Here is a list of authors you may find useful if you are looking for ideas.
  • Fiction or nonfiction.
  • Books, e-books, audio books all are fine.
  • Books and movies can be reviewed together or separately.
  • You can create a reading list if you want, but it's not a requirement
  • If you do make a list, consider adding a list of five books you'd recommend to others
  • If possible try to try a new-to-you author! I know it can be really tempting to stick with familiar favorites.
  • Children's books published during these years should not be forgotten!
  • Rereads are definitely allowed if you have favorites!
Join by leaving a comment.

Participants (last updated Jan. 11)
Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
Cass @ Words on Paper
Annette @ Impressions in Ink
JMisgro @ Litlequeen Rules
Arabella @ The Genteel Arsenal
Miss Kim @ The Joy of Reading
Jenni @ Dangerous Metaphors
Katie @ The Bookshelf Blogger
Maphead @ Maphead's Book Blog
Shounak @ Life With Books and Movies
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Cass 3:27 AM  

Here's my post:

I've pretty much only stuck to "modern" classics, so this challenge will push me to get around to reading the older ones that I've been letting sit on my shelves for quite some time.

Annette 8:34 AM  

Thank you so much Becky. I love simple. I'm joining in and will place it on my side margin of extra pages for all reading challenges.

jmisgro 11:03 AM  

I'm in, Becky! Here's my post.

I plan on reading a bunch by Elizabeth Gaskell but am going to take a much better look at the list you posted!! Thanks!

Sharon 4:09 AM  

Thank you for hosting this, as I love both 19th century literature and history this is a challenge I can't resist. Here is link to sign up:
I will add a complete list of planned reads very soon.

Miss Kim 10:23 AM  

This is the first challenge on my 2014 list!
Here's my link:

Jane,  11:10 AM  

I love 19th century literature. I'm glad I found this challenge.

jenni 4:49 AM  

This is a great challenge- I'd love to join! Here is my post:

Unknown 3:23 PM  

THIS IS AWESOME! I would like to participate, too. My name is Katie. I will be posting my progress on my blog (

Anonymous,  2:26 PM  

Sign me up! Here's my post:

Shounak Reza 4:02 AM  

This sounds great! I will be participating!

Here is my post:

Shounak @ Life with Books & Movies

Anonymous,  12:46 PM  

Haven't made a list, but I'm participating!

Sharon 9:27 PM  

Becky hi is this where we post links to books read for the challenge? Sorry I have made a slow start on my Victorian reading. Just finished a couple of short works by Victorian explorers/adventurers reviewed here: Thanks

Becky 10:14 PM  

Arabella, yes, feel free to share links to reviews in the comments! I don't have a special post for sharing review links. So here is the best place!

Iain,  12:59 PM  

Hi Becky

I see you have Charles Kingsley on the list, I recommend his sister Mary and her Travels in West Africa.


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