Allie's Victorian Celebration. It's been quite an event, with giveaways and quizzes and all sorts of blogging fun. So, thanks, everybody!
Here's what I read:
Framley Parsonage, by Anthony Trollope. Quite an enjoyable read, and apparently one of Trollope's big hits. It's the fourth Chronicle of Barsetshire (Allie says that Penguin is publishing all 6 in its pretty new English Classics series. That might be hard to resist).
Mystery of a Hansom Cab, by Fergus Hume. One of the great early mysteries, set in Melbourne.
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert. I got to participate in a readalong for this beautifully-written novel. It was great stuff!
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. This was also a July selection for the Feminist Classics blog. It was nice to revisit the March girls.
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. I've never read as much Dickens as I ought to, and now I'm starting to have a better appreciation for him.
The Leavenworth Case, by Anna Katherina Green. Another classic genre-shaping mystery! This one is American.
A couple of small pieces by William Morris--one influential essay, one strange poem.
The Communist Manifesto, by Marx and Engels--hugely important and eventually world-changing, but awfully difficult to understand for a modern.
The Log Cabin Lady--an anonymous memoir focused on the difficulties of a sudden transition from frontier life to high society. Very touching, and I mean that in a nice way.
I read more titles than I expected to, but not all of the titles that I actually intended to read. Quo Vadis had to go back to the library before I got very far into it, and The Last of the Mohicans is still sitting there on my TBR pile. But it was fun to read a couple of mysteries. I'm especially glad to have been able to read Madame Bovary and Bleak House!