We are almost half-way through October, so I thought I’d share my Victober reading list with you. To recap, Victober was founded by Katie, Books and Things, Kate Howe and Lucy the Reader. I’m not following the challenge exactly as listed below. I’m cheating a little to suit my reading needs. Let me know what you’re reading this month (Victorian or not)!
THE 2021 CHALLENGES
1. Kate’s challenge: Read a Victorian sensation novel – Not really a sensation novel, but I’ll be reading A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins.
2. Katie’s challenge: Read a Victorian book set in the countryside AND/OR the city – I’m slightly cheating here by not reading a book for this challenge since everything I’m reading this month is set in the country or in the city.
3. Lucy’s challenge: Read a Victorian book with a female main character – Not a novel and not Victorian (though written during the Victorian period), but I’ll be reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
4. Group challenge: Read a popular Victorian book you haven’t yet read (how you define popular is up to you – could be popular now, popular on Booktube, popular in the Victorian period itself) – I’m counting A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins for this challenge. I know it’s cheating, but it’s a busy month. The point of this challenge is to read something Victorian, even if it’s just one book.
5. Bonus challenge: Read aloud a section of a Victorian work, or have it read aloud to you (ie, by a friend or an audiobook) – I’m listening to Oscar Wilde’s Collected Stories.
Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell – I’m currently reading Gothic Tales and it’s quite an enjoyable read. Several of the short stories are based on facts and I’m impressed with Elizabeth Gaskell’s ability to draw from real life situations and turn them into gothic suspense mystery stories.
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