Victorian Literature Challenge

The next challenge I've selected is the Victorian Literature Challenge. The rules:

This challenge will run from 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011.
Participants can sign up at any time throughout the year.

Read your Victorian literature.
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. If your book wasn't published during those particular years, but is by an author considered 'Victorian' then go for it. We're here for reading, not historical facts! Also, this can include works by authors from other countries, so long as they are from this period.

Literature comes in many forms.
There are so many Victorian reads out there, including novels, short stories, and poetry. One poem doesn't count as a 'book': pick up an anthology instead!

Choose your books.
List your books before you begin, or pick up titles along the way. It's up to you! You can review them if you choose to, but it's not necessary. If you don't have a blog, that's fine! Link to a Facebook, or a page somewhere where you can list what you've been reading. If you can't link up, no problem - feel free to just comment and enjoy.

Spread the love.
Post the reading challenge on your blog - make your own post(s), or stick the button on the side of your page. The more the merrier, after all. Let's build a big community of Victorian literature lovers!

Choose from one of the four levels:

Sense and Sensibility: 1-4 books.
Great Expectations: 5-9 books.
Hard Times: 10-14 books.
Desperate Remedies: 15+ books.

I'm not going to go for a very high level, but I'd like to challenge myself to read a Dickens novel or two that I've never read before, and more poetry. I might get very ambitious and try to read Tennyson's Idylls of the King, in keeping with all the Grail-ness I seem to have been reading lately. But that's the sort of thing I try read and then completely wilt under.


  1. I'm using the challenge to venture into more Dickens too. Thanks for joining up!

  2. +JMJ+

    Most people do seem to think "Dickens" at the mention of Victorian Lit! I'm starting to feel left out for not having any of his novels on my own list!

  3. I know! ;) But I've read tons of Victorian literature---just not as much Dickens as I should have. (I read the Moonstone over Thanksgiving!)


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