Tuesday, September 04, 2018

2018 Reading Challenges: Victober

Hosted by Ange, Kate, Katie, and Lucy. (All BookTubers) GoodReads Group page.
When: October 2018
# of books: I'm aiming for 4 (I'd be surprised if I finish that many).

Ange's challenge: Read a book by one of the hosts' favourite Victorian authors: Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, or Thomas Hardy. 

I will be reading Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell

Kate's Challenge: Read A Victorian book with a proper noun (place name or personal name) in the title.

I will be reading The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope.

Katie's Challenge: Read a book from the first ten years of the Victorian period (1837-1847) and/or a book from the last ten years of the Victorian period. (1891-1901)

I will be reading The Three Musketeers (1844) OR The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens.

Lucy's Challenge: Read a Victorian book written by a woman anonymously or under a pseudonym.

I will be reading Romola by George Eliot.

General challenge: Read a Victorian book and watch a screen adaptation of it:

I have a movie adaptation of Old Curiosity Shop and The Three Musketeers. If I read either of those I can watch the movie version too.  I also have Wives and Daughters!!!!

Bonus Group Readalong: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell.

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Bellezza 3:42 PM  

Most tempting, Becky. Thank you for clarifying the "requirements" so beautifully, as I was a bit confused. (Not being on the video aspect of book blogging, nor likeky to start any time soon.) I slogged through Middlemarch in May, and now I feel prepared to embark upon another one; after September being National Translation Month.:)

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