Saturday, September 23, 2017

Victorian Quarterly Check-In

  • What books for this challenge have you read (or reviewed) recently?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • Are there any quotes you'd like to share?
  • Who would you recommend? Anyone you would NOT recommend?
  • Favorite book you've read so far...
What books for this challenge have you read (or reviewed) recently?

✔ 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]
✔ 16. A book by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. 640 pages. [Source: Library]
17. A book by Wilkie Collins
Hide and Seek. Wilkie Collins. 1854. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. A book that REALLY intimidates you
The Wretched. Victor Hugo. Translated by Christine Donougher. 1862/2013. 1456 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 35. free choice
The Bertrams. Anthony Trollope. 1859. 496 pages. [Source: Bought] 

What are you currently reading?
  • Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  • Adam Bede by George Eliot
Are there any quotes you'd like to share?
How many ways does the heart take, how many reasons does it invent for itself, in order to arrive at what it wants. ~ Alexandre Dumas, fils
Art wouldn't be the glorious thing it is, if it wasn't all difficulty from beginning to end. ~ Wilkie Collins
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. ~ Charles Dickens
Love is an ardent forgetfulness of everything else. ~ Victor Hugo
 Constant thoughts will break forth in words. ~ Anthony Trollope
 Who would you recommend? Anyone you would NOT recommend?

I'm enjoying what I'm reading.

Favorite book you've read so far...

The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library] 

Of note to ALL participants! VICTOBER 2017 Hosted by these book-tubers

Ange (Beyond the Pages)
Lucy (Lucy the Reader)
Katie (Books and Things)
Kate (Kate Howe)
  • Read a Victorian book by a Irish, Scottish or Welsh author 
  • Read a Victorian book that was recommended to you 
  •  Read a supernatural Victorian book 
  • Read a lesser known Victorian book 
  • Read a Victorian book by a female author



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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
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