Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I come to you with an exciting post, to me at least, because it involves my favorite time in literature, The Victorian Era. A few weeks ago I found out that there’s a challenge called Victober, basically reading Victorian Literature in the month of October, and to say I was excited does not cover how I felt about the news. If you are new to this blog hi, my name is Faith and I love historical fiction and classics.
Victorian Literature is literature written during the reign of Queen Victoria 1837 to 1901 and the challenge is hosted by Beyondthepages, Lucythereader, BooksAndThings, and Kate Howe who you can check out their channels if you want to know more about Victober and their recommendations. The challenge has 6 prompts and the idea is to do them all, or as many as you can. Here is what I plan to read for the challenge:
1. Read a book by one of the hosts fave Victorian authors: *Thomas Hardy *Charles Dickens *Elizabeth Gaskell *Charlotte Bronte
For this one I decided to read Charles Dickens and the book I’ll be reading is Great Expectations. (1861)
2. Read a Victorian book with a proper noun in the title.
For this one Emma by Jane Austen though it was written in 1815. I’m being cheeky here because I really do want to read Emma and there’s no time like now.
3. Read a book that was published in the first ten years of the Victorian era and/or published in the last ten years of the Victorian era. (1837-1847 or 1891-1901)
I decided to do both, which is a little ambitious but hey, go big or go home, right? I’ll be reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847) and -Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)
4. Read a Victorian book written by a woman anonymously or with a pseudonym.
I don’t have a book for this challenge so I’ll be likely to skip it if I don’t find a book that fits.
5. Read a Victorian novel and watch a screen adaptation.
I decided to go with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen because I read the book a while back but I have never watched any of the adaptations. So this will be a reread for me.
6. Read along: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
I don’t have Wives and Daughters so instead I’ll be reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855) because it’s been on my tbr for a long time.
I am doing this challenge mainly to clear up my classics tbr which keeps on growing. I’m hopeful that I’ll finish all these books by the end of October though I am aware it’s a little ambitious; some of these books are huge and it takes me a while to get through classics.
Are you doing Victober or do you plan on joining in?
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Any specific book I should start with?
Do you have any recommendations that fit these prompts?
Are you doing any challenges?
Share with me down in the comments section!