If there is one thing I share in common with Emma Woodhouse, it is the drawing up of reading lists - and they are always very good lists, if I do say so myself - so I'm signing up for the Victorian Literature Challenge at words, words, words. I have quite a few 19th century novels on my Project Fill in the Gaps list, and I have even more lurking on my shelf, so this seems a good way to clear some space and actually get some books read.
There are different levels for the challenge, but I'm going to aim for Great Expectations: 5-9 Victorian Books in 2011. And, while the challenge itself is flexible, I'm going to be a bit mental and make life harder for myself by limiting it to books published during Queen Victoria's reign, 1837-1901. The (short) list of potential books is as follows:
- Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
- The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
- Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
I have a few more, and am also aware that all of these books are written by British authors - I would say so was Victoria, but that bit from Blackadder keeps running through my head*. Some of them are also pretty big, which is why I haven't included all of my Dickens because they are technically weapons. This should be interesting.
* Can't find the clip on Youtube, but basically "so your father's German, you're half-German and you married a German?".