The originator of the Victorian Lit Challenge is Bethany at her blog, Words, Words, Words. Please check out her blog for all the pertinent details
I first heard about the Challenge through the blog, Coffee and a Book Chick, so check in there as well, if you'd like to know more and would like to sign up. I'm not clear how to do the 'signing up' part on my own blog, so sign in over there and it will all even out - we're all in this together.
The categories for the Challenge are:
Sense and Sensibility - 1-4 books
Great Expectations - 5-9 books
Hard Times - 10-14 books
Desperate Remedies - 15 + books
I'm going for Sense and Sensibility - 1-4 books, though knowing me, I'll probably read more.
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 - 1901, so there's PLENTY to choose from, book-wise. You can also choose a book not written during those years if the author is considered 'Victorian' in tone. (I'm assuming that means I can include Anne Perry's books if I like.)
The Challenge is not restricted to novels, you can also choose a book of poetry or short stories.
What about plays?
Read more about all this at the links I've provided above.
This promises to be a Great Challenge.
Thanks to Bethany for thinking of it.
- A few of the books I'm thinking about for the Challenge:
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling
- Any new Charlotte and Thomas Pitts or William Monk book by Anne Perry
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
...and the rest we'll see.
Hopefully the pressure won't get to me. Ha!
Note: The first two paintings at the top of this post are by the French artist, J.J.J. Tissot.