Saturday, October 14, 2017

2018 Victorian Reading Challenge

Victorian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
Duration: January - December 2018
Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books

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I'll have quarterly check-in posts. I'll be posting check-in posts March 25, June 24, September 23, and December 30. You may leave links to your reviews on any of those four posts. If you want to share your review with me BEFORE that, AND if you have twitter, feel free to tweet me a link @blbooks.

Option A.  Read alphabetically A-Z with authors OR titles OR a blend of authors/titles. I've decided that from now on X in reading challenges stands for multiple authors. I'm flipping my "x" to a "+".

Option B. Choose one author to read exclusively for this challenge; perhaps challenge yourself to read chronologically OR to read through an entire series in one year.

Option C. Do as many books from the checklist as you can. Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book.

Option D. Make the challenge completely your own and read as YOUR whimsy dictates.

IF you love Victorian literature AND you happen to love tea...consider joining my Share-a-Tea reading challenge

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.

This year's checklist:
  1. _ A book that was originally published serially
  2. _ book published between 1837-1840
  3. _ book published between 1841-1850
  4. _ book published between 1851-1860
  5. _ book published between 1861-1870
  6. _ book published between 1871-1880
  7. _ book published between 1881-1890
  8. _ book published between 1891-1901
  9. _ nonfiction published between 1837-1860
  10. _ nonfiction published between 1861-1901 
  11. _ A book published between 1902-1999 with a Victorian setting
  12. _ A book published between 2000-2018 with a Victorian setting
  13. _ A fiction or nonfiction book about Queen Victoria
  14. _ Biography of a Victorian
  15. _ Nonfiction book about the Victorian era
  16. _ free choice
  17. _ place name in the title
  18. _ character name in the title
  19. _ book in a series
  20. _ drama or melodrama
  21. _ gothic, suspense, mystery
  22. _ romance or historical
  23. _ comedy 
  24. _ science fiction or fantasy
  25. _ adventure, crime, western
  26. _ poetry collection OR story collection
  27. _ happily ever after
  28. _ unhappily ever after 
  29. _ children's book
  30. _ translated into English from another language
  31. _ a book under 250 pages
  32. _ book over 500 pages
  33. _ a book over 800 pages
  34. _ A book that has been filmed as movie, miniseries, or television show
  35. _ memorable heroine
  36. _ memorable hero
  37. _ British author
  38. _ Irish author OR Irish setting
  39. _ Scottish author OR Scottish setting
  40. _ American author
  41. _ reread
  42. _ book with a subtitle (the longer the better!)
© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

14 comments:

Jamie Ghione 11:03 PM  

I'm in again!
http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2017/10/2018-victorian-reading-challenge.html

Becky 1:27 PM  

I'm planning on reading J.C. Ryle.

https://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/2017/11/2018-reading-challenge-victorian.html

Thomas Peaple 4:19 PM  

Question if the book is set in a dominion ruled by Victoria rather than Brtian itself is that sill Victorian?

Thomas Peaple 5:27 PM  

great I'm in will set up list on my good reads account

Nick Senger 12:03 AM  

I'll be trying the Victorian Reading Challenge for the first time. Thanks for hosting! I'm choosing Option C, and you can find my progress here: http://www.nicksenger.com/onecatholiclife/2018-reading-challenges#victorian

Thomas Peaple 8:59 AM  

definitely in but will pick option when I know whether back to classics is running this year (keep meaning to do it and not)
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/20861770-thomas-peaple?shelf=victorian-reading-challenge

Beky 4:24 AM  

Hi Becky, found you on Pinterest. I will be joining the Victorian Reading Challenge for the first time. I will be Option D
https://dressedforanytime.blogspot.com.au/

Laurie @ RelevantObscurity 1:30 PM  

Hi Becky, happy to join in!

https://relevantobscurity.com/book-challenges/2018-challenges/victorian-reading-challenge-2018/

o 8:12 AM  

I'm in, looking forward to it :)

http://onbookes.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/2018-challenges.html

Margaret 3:22 PM  

Delighted to find this challenge!

https://islandbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/victorian-reading-challenge-2018.html

Alexandra 11:22 PM  

Will try again this year... https://misslilysvintagewares.blogspot.com.au/

cleopatra 12:55 AM  

My first attempt at this challenge and probably not a good year to do it, but I'll do my best! https://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2018/01/january-2018-and-my-reading-challenges.html Thanks for hosting, Becky!

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