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Friday, December 12, 2008

Welcome to the Victorian Challenge !

The Victorian Era is one of my favorite historical times and I noticed that I'm reading less and less about it. I can blame my huge TBR but the truth is that I'm always postponing some books I meant to read and they stay in the shelf gathering dust. So there, I decided to join a Victorian Challenge...and found none. So this is the first time I organize a challenge. Any mistakes, please, forgive me in advance. :)

Victorian Challenge Rules:

1. The challenge starts the 1st January 2009 and ends the 30th June 2009.

2. This challenge is open to everyone who wishes to participate.

3. You can choose the number of books you want to read by selecting one of the reading levels proposed (see below).

4. Send your email adress to oriana.groups at gmail dot com and I'll add you to this blog.

5. You can share your reviews or make a small update of your readings in this blog. It's entirely up to you.

Books allowed (and suggestions):
  • books wrote during the Victorian Era (authors like Elizabeth Gaskell, Lewis Carroll, Sheridan Le Fanu, George Eliott, Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, the Brontë Sisters, Arthur Conan Doyle...)
  • books set during that period ( Kept by J. D. Taylor, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Last Waltz by Tasha Alexander, Silent Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn, The Glass of Time by Michael Cox, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber,...)
  • books about that period or biographies (The Victorian House by Judith Flandres, The Victorian by N. H. Wilson, Victorian People and Ideas by Richard D. Altick, Queen Victoria by Elizabeth Longford, Dickens: A Biography by Fred Kaplan,...)

Reading Levels:

  • A drink at Whitechapel: 3 books
  • A walk in Hyde Park: 4 books
  • A tour of the British Museum: 5 books
  • A visit to Buckingham Palace: 6 books



I'll join in! I think it will probably be at the three book level though.

P.S - There are only 30 days in June! *wink*


It would be great if you could join us, Marg.;-)
LOL That's me trying to stretch out time. Already changed. Thanks!:)

The Holistic Knitter

I'm in ;0)


I'd like to join, but I need some more time to work out my book list.


The Holistic Knitter, welcome to the challenge. Just sent you an email.:)

Alessandra, it's no problem. When you're ready, just email me.:)


I'm in. My list is here.


Ooh, sounds great! Count me in. :)


I'm interested but my books would probably be either Romances or maybe even Sci-Fi Fantasy set in that time period. Would that be allowed? Laura


I'm in and my list is up, here:

Fun challenge!


Fun challenge. Count me in!


Hi ladies! Welcome to the challenge. Don't forget to send me an email to receive an invitation to join the blog.;-)

Retroredux, all kinds of books are allowed if the stories are set during the Victorian Era. It seems yours would fit just fine.:)


Thank You Alex-then I will join:) I'm going for the biggie-A visit to Buckingham Palace: 6 books

my link:


I'm in! My list is here.


Please count me in! I will post soon the books I'll read after Christmas.
Thank you.


I would love to join! The more challenges, the more challenging it is, right?? :P


Welcome Fleur, Miss Daisy and Jeska! I hope you'll have fun with this challenge.:)

stephi k

I want to join--do I post my reading list on my blog?


It seems silly not to join with all the Victorian books I ahve lying around. I'll take a drink at Whitechapel with you :) I'm at bakerjodie at googlemail dot com .

Perhaps you might like to check out my own charity fundraising reading challenge at http://yearofreaders.blogspot.com


Hi Stephi and Jodie,

Welcome to the challenge!

Jodie, I'm on my way to check your challenge.:)

Stephi, you can post your list in your blog and also here. Send me an email (my adress is on the side bar with the challenge rules) and I'll add you to the blog.


Just joined up, and my list and post are here:


Looking forward to it!


I'm in. My list is here.

Intergalactic Bookworm

Can you give me a time period (what year the Victorian Era started and ended) please? Thanks

Judy/Intergalactic Bookworm



Welcome Christina and Judy!

Judy: Victorian Era (1837—1901
). The dates are the beginning and end of Victoria's reign.


I'd love to join that one! I'll make up my list later, though. It's already 1 am here and I'm tired :-)


I'm in, here's my list



I usually avoid challenges but this is one I cannot miss as I love all things Victorian. I think I will just go for the three books at the moment and see how I get on.

One of my books will defo be Anne Bronte The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as I think this is so often overlooked. And Anthony Trollope will also be in there and possibly Mrs Gaskell. this sound real fun.

my blog is: http://randomjottings.typepad.com


I'm in at the British Museum level. My list to follow.

Carolyn Carpenter

Another place to get ideas of what to read is The Victorian Best Sellers list at: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/pva/pva120.html

I'll be joining in, although I haven't yet decided on the level. I'm looking forward to this challenge, the first I've ever participated in.


Sorry to double post, but here is my list:

Little Dorrit
North and South
Uncle Silas
Barchester Towers
The Way of All Flesh


This is one I can't pass up. I'll do the walk in Hyde Park (I always loved Hyde Park!). My post and list is here, and I'll be emailing you to join the blog. Thanks for coming up with the idea and hosting!


Sounds exciting! I'm in!


I am doing the trip to Buckingham Palace. Here is a link to my list:

John Z

I would like to join at the three book level:

"Mary Barton"

"The Way We Live Now"

"Daniel Deronda"

Thanks for organizing this.

Ms Alex

Please sign me up for this one!


Welcome everyone!
I just wanted to remember some of you that you need to email me (oriana.groups at gmail dot com) to be able to join the challenge. As soon as I get your email adress I'll send you a blog invitation and you can share your reading level and book choices with us all.:)


Count me in, please. I will post my list on my blog:



Count me in, too. I think I'll make it a real challenge for myself and go for 6 books.

Amy @ Passages to the Past

Please sign me up! I've sent you an email as requested. Thanks so much for hosting such a great challenge.

Great blog!


I'll join. I'm going to start by saying a level 3 but could up that depending on what I have in my stacks and what I have time to read.

My link: http://victorianchallenge.blogspot.com/2008/12/welcome-to-victorian-challenge.html


Please sign me up! My list is here:



Better late than never - I'm in. I'll be reading 5 books, i.e. almost everything Victorian currently in my TBR pile! What can I say, I'm a challenge addict. My list is here.


I'm in! I'll commit to four books, but may well read more. My list is here:


Vanessa Contessa

How fun!!

I'm in.. my book choices can be found here.



Oh I am most definitely in. To narrow it down to six books will be difficult! :)


Would love to join this challenge my first book is here, http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/


I sent you an email but I don't know what happened to it! I'm happy to join and I'm going to try and read the six books!


Hi Viola,

I didn't receive any email from you and I searched everywhere, I'm really sorry. Do you want to try again?:)


Do they have to be English/American lit? Or is Zola acceptable?


Schatzi, I don't think it has to be specifically English lit. Btw, do you have a connection to Germany? Your nickname is interesting...

Nicole C

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