Victorian Literature Reading Challenge

Even though I initially thought books set in the Victorian-era would count (they don't), I'm still going to take a stab at the Victorian Literature Reading Challenge. I haven't figured out what books I'm going to read (yet) but in the meantime, I'm taking recommendations!

My goal is 4 books -- Sense and Sensibility.

Edited to add...



Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd


  1. Whoo hoo! I definitely think you must must MUST include some Thomas Hardy in there :)

  2. ooo, you are tempting me. if you throw in a mystery i may join you.

  3. Wilke Collins The Moonstone! I recomend that.

  4. Any idea what you'll read? So many people are signing up for this!

  5. @Bethany: Ooh, good suggestion -- although which Hardy???? Far from the Madding Crowd? The Mayor of Casterbridge? How to choose?

    @Vee: Mystery? You want mystery, I got mystery! How about something by Anna Katharine Green, Victorian-era novelist who was one of the first to write detective stories?!

    @Brenna: Ooh, that's a very good one! I think some bloggers I read recently finished it and loved it -- plus, I've got an e-reader so meaty books like that are easy for me to commute with!

  6. @Amanda: Nothing firm yet, but so far I'm loving the Hardy and Collins recommendation. I'm also thinking one of Anna Katharine Green's novels. Perhaps one or more of the Strickland sisters. I've got new, unread books by George Eliot and George Meredith... Really, my challenge will be settling on what to read! (So, if you've any recommendations... ;))

  7. egads, anna has written over 40 stories! what to pick? she is now on my must read for 2011 ;-D

  8. +JMJ+

    Middlemarch is a great choice! =D

    My own books for this challenge lean more towards the Action-Adventure end of the Victorian spectrum, though. H. Rider Haggard, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and so on.

  9. @Enbrethiliel: I forgot all about Haggard! I loved She -- I keep meaning to read the rest of the Ayesha books! Thanks for the reminder of these great authors!

  10. I read Mayor of Casterbridge - it was sad, but I finished it, which says something I guess. I'd be interested to hear what you think if you read it for this challenge. I might give Far From The Madding Crowd a try since I've heard it's better.

  11. @Vee: A few are in public domain if you do e-books so we can pick one of those, or I can research and suggest a few. I don't think they're all in a series or anything like that.

  12. @Trish: Thanks for the tip -- I think I will try FFTMC then (even tho I do like sad literature)!


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