*by Charlotte Bronte
I didn’t do any challenges last year and I promised myself I wouldn’t this year either as when I have done them in the past I have found that they can sometimes feel like homework and that I “have” to read something. However, being a massive fan of Victorian literature, I have been eyeing up this one, hosted by Laura’s Reviews for some time and I have decided to give it a go.
Here are the rules:
1. The Victorian Challenge 2012 will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2012. You can post a review before this date if you wish.
2. You can read a book, watch a movie, or listen to an audiobook, anything Victorian related that you would like. Reading, watching, or listening to a favorite Victorian related item again for the second, third, or more time is also allowed. You can also share items with other challenges.
3. The goal will be to read, watch, listen, to 2 to 6 (or beyond) anything Victorian items.
So, knowing how rubbish I am at sticking to plans and lists, I have decided not to give myself a huge goal but to say that I will read six this year and then just keep going if I fancy more. Seeing as I have almost finished two so far this year, it’s looking pretty possible.
Here are some of the books / authors I would like to read this year. Obviously, I won’t get to them all but a girl gotta have options :):
1) The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (already read)
2) The Complete Short Fiction by Oscar Wilde (almost finished)
3) Armadale by Wilkie Collins
4) Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
5) Something by Dickens (I’m thinking either David Copperfield, Oliver Twist or Little Dorritt at the moment)
6) Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
7) More books by Thomas Hardy (whom I have fallen in love with) like Jude the Obscure, Far From the Madding Crowd or The Woodlanders
8) Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
9) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackaray
I wasn’t sure if non-Brits would be included at first but Laura (in her post) has included authors such as Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott so I’m hoping it’s OK to include some other nationalities like the French and Russian for example. If so then I really want to read:
1) Cousin Bette by Honor Belzac
2) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
3) Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant
4) Germinal by Emile Zola (already started)
5) Hunger by Knut Hamsun (Norwegian)
And if I have time after that little lot I would also like to read some non-fiction like finish Claire Tomalin’s biography of Charles Dickens and also London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew.
Are there any out of this little lot that I should be reading before the others?