Sorry for the double posting, but I accidentally clicked on publish instead of save as a draft. Oh well.
I didn't mean to sign up for more challenges, but I love the Victorians, how could I resist? This challenge, hosted by Laura at Laura's Reviews, is pretty easy by my standards: two to six Victorian novels (or adaptations) are to be read, watched, or listened to. I have stacks of Victorian novels on the TBR shelves, and quite a few in the DVD cabinet I still haven't watched. I could easily complete this challenge by watching BBC adaptations alone, but that would be cheating.
According to my Goodreads 2011 list, I read seven Victorian novels this past year (strictly counting anything that was published in Victorian England; I'm not counting authors from any other country, so that means Zola is out). Here's what I read:
- Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
- Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
1. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens -- already signed up for a group read for this one.
2. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens -- there's going to be a lot of Dickens obsession next year as it's the 200th anniversary of his birth. Two Dickens doorstoppers in one year would be quite an achievement.
4. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope -- I loved Barchester Towers and it's been a whole year since I finished it, so it's time for more Trollope.
5. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith -- I've heard this is hilarious. Plus I'm intrigued to read something by a writer named Weedon. And it's really short, a nice change from most of those Victorian chunksters.
6. The Odd Women OR New Grub Street by George Gissing -- I've read a lot of good things about Gissing and got both of these last years from Paperback Swap. I'd like to expand beyond Dickens, Trollope, and Hardy.
Besides these six novels, I own BBC adaptations of The Barchester Chronicles (starring Alan Rickman!), Daniel Deronda, and He Knew He Was Right. Plus, I know with the Dickens bicentenary there are two new adaptations of Great Expectations coming to TV and theaters. Maybe I'll even make it to Galveston for Dickens on the Strand next December!