This is my first ever time participating in Victober (a month-long readathon for October) and I’m so, so excited!
Victorian literature (any book published between the years of 1837 and 1901) is one of my favourite time periods to read from and I’m always looking to expand my reading selection.
Ange’s challenge: read a book by a Victorian female author (bonus points if it’s an author that’s new to you)
I will be reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854) for this challenge. Before I bought it, I didn’t quite realise how many pages it was (531!) but, nevertheless, I’m really excited to read my first ever Elizabeth Gaskell book.
Kate’s challenge: re-read a Victorian book
I will be re-reading one of the most perfect books for the month of October and that is, you guessd it, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847).
Katie’s challenge: read a Victorian book under 250 pages and/or over 500 pages
For the book under 250 pages I will be reading a Penguin Little Black Classics by Charles Dickens called To Be Read at Dusk (1852). This is a collection of 3 short stories by one of my favourite authors.
For the book over 500 pages, I will be reading The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, moving my total of George Eliot books read up to 2.
Lucy’s challenge: read an underrated Victorian book from the same year as your favourite Victorian classic
My favourite Victorian book is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which was written in 1860 and finally published in 1861. I am planning on reading No Name by Wilkie Collins as I really want to read more of Collins’ work. There’s no specific date for when No Name was written, the internet just tells me early-1860’s. However, this book was first seralised in Charles Dickens magazine before publication and that link is strong enough for me!
Are you taking part in Victober? If so, what are you planning to read? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading.