I need another challenge like I need a hole in the head, yet, this was already something I was really wanting to accomplish in 2010, so I signed myself right up! I needs to read me some more Wilkie! And maybe that wanker Dickens too.
It’s a Victorian Literature Reading Challenge!
Plus the awesome Amanda at The Blog Jar is hosting, tis her first challenge and, well, dang it I can’t resist!
The DETAILS: This challenge will run from January 1st, 2010 to December 31st 2010. And it is completely okay to double-dip, what you read/watch here can count on other challenges!
How to participate: email Amanda or leave a comment to this post and I’ll add you to the blog so you can publish your reviews/updates on Our Mutual Read. Also, I’ll add your blog to our participant list.
Next, decide on what level you’d like to participate:
~ Level 1: 4 books, at least 2 written during 1837 – 1901. The other books may be Neo-Victorian or non-fiction.
~ Level 2: 8 books, at least 4 written during 1837 – 1901. The other books may be Neo-Victorian or non-fiction.
~ Level 3: 12 books, at least 6 written during 1837 – 1901. The other books may be Neo-Victorian or non-fiction.
Then, determine if you are up to a mini-challenge:
Period Film Mini-Challenge – watch at least 6 films that take place between 1837 – 1901 (they don’t necessarily have to be based on a book) and post a review.
Short Story Mini-Challenge – read 12 short stories written or taking place between 1837 – 1901 and post a review.
I think I’m going to try for Level 1 and hopefully be delighted when I make it to Level 2. And I might through in some short stories whilst I am at it. Amanda has set up a blog for Our Mutual Read, if you are interested in joining. I hope you do; it is going to be wicked fun reading the Victorians!
But wait! What do I plan to read you ask? That is an EXCELLENT question because really, what is the best part of signing up for challenges? THE BOOK LISTS. Am I right? So, without further ado…
You wouldn’t believe the how long Wilkie has been hanging out here. He’s getting quite insistent that I read more of his books. So. I will most likely be reading either Armadale, The Moonstone (*gasp* I know, I’ve read half and don’t know why it was only half), The Law and the Lady, and No Name. I also might reread The Woman in White and The Rogue’s Life because they are the BEE’S KNEES. I also have some of that wanker Dicken’s books lying around. Most specifically is Hard Times because it is the only one I can find at the moment. I just know I have more. Somewhere. I think. I also wouldn’t mind getting into Thomas Hardy again, he of the most tragic novel I ever read (Tess of D’Urbervilles). Then there is also Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson and, the ever elusive (for me), Bram Stoker.
I would also like to throw some of the ladies in there. Some M.E. Braddon, Elizabeth Gaskell ( have the humongous Wives and Daughters on my shelf. It’s right there, staring at me in all it’s pinkness. WHY B&N did you make it that horrid PINK COLOR???), ole George Eliot and some of the lovely Brontë‘s. Perhaps this will be the year I make it through the insufferable Wuthering Heights? Yeah, I doubt that too.
So, here’s to going Victorian in 2010. I do hope you’ll join us. Those Victorians made for some entertaining readings.