Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2018 Reading Challenge: Victorian

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

I'm signing up for Option B. I'll be focusing on ANTHONY TROLLOPE.

✔ Framley Parsonage. Anthony Trollope. 1861.
✔  The Struggles of Brown, Jones & Robinson. Anthony Trollope 1862
✔ Orley Farm. Anthony Trollope. 1862
_ Rachel Ray. Anthony Trollope. 1863
_ The Small House at Allington. Anthony Trollope. 1864.
_ Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope. 1865.
_ Miss MacKenzie. Anthony Trollope. 1865
_ The Belton Estate. Anthony Trollope. 1866.
_ The Last Chronicle of Barset. 1867.
_ The Claverings. Anthony Trollope. 1867
_ Nina Balatka. Anthony Trollope. 1867.
_ Linda Tressel. Anthony Trollope. 1868.
_ Phineas Finn. Anthony Trollope. 1869.
_ He Knew He Was Right. Anthony Trollope. 1869. 

I'll also be focusing on the 1860s

_ The Woman in White. Wilkie Collins (1860)
_ Mill on the Floss. George Eliot. 1860.
_ Silas Marner. George Eliot. 1861. 
_ Les Miserables, Victor Hugo, translated by Julie Rose. 1862/2008.
_ No Name. Wilkie Collins. (1862)
_ Sylvia's Lovers. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1863.
_ Doctor's Family. Margaret Oliphant. 1863.
_ Romola. George Eliot. 1863.
_ The Perpetual Curate. Margaret Oliphant. 1864.
_ Our Mutual Friend. Charles Dickens. 1864-65
_ Wives and Daughters. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1865.
_ Miss Marjoribanks. Margaret Oliphant. 1866.
_ Armadale. Wilkie Collins. 1866.
✔ Crime and Punishment. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1866.
_ Felix Holt. George Eliot. 1866. 
_ The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins. 1868.
_ The Idiot. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1869.
✔  Little Women. Louisa May Alcott. 1868.

 If I need even more books to *try* to read: I can refer to these lists
1860
1861
1862
1863
1864
1865
1866
1867
1868
1869

If by some miracle I need even MORE books to read: I can shift focus to the checklist option.

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 and 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!)
What I actually read:

The Widow of Windsor. Jean Plaidy. 1974. 318 pages. [Source: Bought]
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865/1871. 247 pages. [Source: Bought]
Framley Parsonage. Anthony Trollope. 1861. 573 pages. [Source: Bought]
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen. Catherine Reef. 2017. [November] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
 Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse. Catherine Reef. 2016. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 197 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1848. 437 pages. [Source: Bought]
Crime and Punishment. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by David McDuff. 1866/2002. 671 pages. [Source: Library]
Orley Farm. Anthony Trollope. 1862. 825 pages. [Source: Bought]
The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson, by One of the Firm. Anthony Trollope. 1862. 254 pages. [Source: Bought]
Little Women. Louisa May Alcott. 1868. 566 pages. [Source: Bought]

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book.

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Fanda Kutubuku 8:27 PM  

Count me in! Here is my list: https://klasikfanda.blogspot.co.id/2017/12/my-2018-reading-challenges.html

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