Saturday, December 17, 2016

2017 Reading Challenges: Victorian

Victorian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
Duration: January - December 2017
Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books
Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

✔ 1. A book under 200 pages
The Europeans. Henry James. 1878. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 2. A book over 400 pages
The Adolescent. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 1875/2004. 647 pages. [Source: Library] 
_ 3. A book that REALLY intimidates you
✔ 4. A book you REALLY want to reread
Barchester Towers. Anthony Trollope. 1857. 418 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 5. A new-to-you book by a FAVORITE author
La Vendee. Anthony Trollope. 1850. 512 pages. [Source: Bought] 
✔ 6. A book with illustrations
Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens. 1838/1839. 608 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 7. A book that was originally published serially
The American. Henry James. 1877. 400 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 8. A book published between 1837-1849
The Macdermots of Ballycloran. Anthony Trollope. 1847. 636 pages. [Source: Bought]
9. A book published between 1850-1860
Doctor Thorne. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 639 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 10. A book published between 1861-1870
✔ 11. A book published between 1871-1880
Confidence. Henry James. 1879. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 12. A book published between 1881-1890
Portrait of a Lady. Henry James. 1881. 656 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 13. A book published between 1891-1901
✔ 14. A book published between 1902-1999 with a Victorian setting
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. 1990. 787 pages. [Source: Library]_ 15. A book published between 2000-2017 with a Victorian setting
✔ 16. A book by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. 640 pages. [Source: Library] 
_ 17. A book by Wilkie Collins
18. A book by Anthony Trollope
The Warden. Anthony Trollope. 1855. Oxford World's Classics. 294 pages. [Source: Bought] 
_ 19. A book by Elizabeth Gaskell
_ 20. A book by George Eliot
✔ 21. A book by a new-to-you male author
Watch and Ward. Henry James. 1871. 128 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 22. A book by a new-to-you female author
✔ 23. A book translated into English
The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 24. A fiction or nonfiction book about Queen Victoria
Victoria. Daisy Goodwin. 2016. 404 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 25. A book that has been filmed as movie, miniseries, or television show
Camille. Alexandre Dumas, fils. 1848. Translated by Edmund Gosse. 254 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 26. A play OR a collection of short stories OR a collection of poems
The Best Short Stories. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by David Magarshack. 2001. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 27. Biography, Autobiography, or NONFICTION book about the Victorian era
✔ 28. Genre or Subgenre of your choice (mystery, suspense, romance, gothic, adventure, western, science fiction, fantasy)
The Time Machine. H.G. Wells. 1895. Penguin. 128 pages. [Source: Bought] 
✔ 29. Book with a name as the title
Roderick Hudson. Henry James. 1875. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 30. Book You've Started but Never Finished
The Kellys and the O'Kellys. Anthony Trollope. 1848. 537 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 31. A Christian book fiction or nonfiction
_ 32. A children's book
✔ 33. A book with a number in the title
The Three Clerks. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 648 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 34. A book with a place in the title 
Washington Square. Henry James. 1880. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 35. free choice
The Bertrams. Anthony Trollope. 1859. 496 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 36. free choice
_ 37. free choice
_ 38. free choice 

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

5 comments:

sunt_lacrimae_rerum 4:17 PM  

https://gubbinal.com/2016/12/24/victorian-reading-challenge-2017

I'd like to do this but wonder if I can use more poetry in some of the slots? For example, can I use Tennyson's book length poem, "In Memoriam" for the "Christian book?

Can I use entire volumes of poetry in some slots?

Becky 4:34 PM  

Yes, you can use poetry books to fill in many of the slots. Obviously a few categories couldn't work with poetry (Unless you can find a poetry book biography of Queen Victoria!) but you can read mainly poetry if you like.

sunt_lacrimae_rerum 8:47 PM  

Thank you. Another question: am I permitted to read American books for this challenge---books by people like Hawthorne or Melville or Emily DIckinson? Thank you again.

Becky 11:02 PM  

Yes to American authors provided that they were writing 1837-1901.

sunt_lacrimae_rerum 1:27 PM  

Thank you! That helps quite a bit, although I prefer (as a whole group) the English authors.

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