Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Victorian Literature Challenge

I was reading my friend Lindy's book blog to see what see she has read this week. And I came across this from a poster on her blog.  Hmmmm...looks good to me.  Here's a link, if you don't want to read any further.
http://subtlemelodrama.blogspot.com/p/victorian-literature-challenge.html  or to sign up.

Welcome to the Victorian Literature Challenge 2011

What you need to know:

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.

So what to read for me?????  I am doing a search on the internet and here's some sites:
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/1837-1901
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/victorian
http://www.victoriana.com/directory/books.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_literature
http://literatureinenglishunican.blogspot.com/2009/12/english-realism-victorian-era-1837-1901.html

I think I will start with:
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray


Maybe I will look on other people's lists. It wouldn't be fair to list books I have already read.

5 comments:

Bethany said...

Yay for signing up! I'm getting most of my inspiration from looking at other people's lists. Read some Thomas Hardy!

LindyLouMac said...

Hi there it was a lovely surprise to find you commented on LindyLouMac's Book Reviews today and that you are joining Bethany's Challenge. I keep meaning to re-read a lot of the classics sitting on my bookshelf, so maybe I should participate as the motivation for doing so?

jmisgro said...

Bethany,
I have read Conrad, Hardy, Austen, the Brontes, although most of it has not been recent...

Lindy,
join up..it lasts a year!!

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Not many American authors are making the lists, so it's nice to see Hawthorne again. I'm reading some Twain myself. =)

jmisgro said...

I searched for some American authors...Twain counts! It's a long period of time but since I have read so much already it's hard for me!!