Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Victorian Celebration: Looking Back



First, I want to thank Allie from A Literary Odyssey for hosting this blogging event.  I've had so much fun and read so many great books the past couple of months. Here's what I finished during The Victorian Celebration. 

I posted nine reviews:  
  • Our Mutual Friend, my eleventh novel by Charles Dickens, and now one of my favorites; 
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, which has been on my TBR shelves for about five years; 
  • Diary of a Pilgrimage by Jerome K. Jerome, author of one of my favorite books;
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, on my TBR shelves for two years;
  • The Odd Women by George Gissing, a Victorian author I'd never read before;
  • The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit, a delightful Victorian children's book and one of my favorite reads this year; 
  • Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, a neo-Victorian which I first read more than 20 years ago; 
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles; a neo-Victorian on my TBR Challenge list; 
  • L'Assommoir by Emile Zola, a French novel written during the same period (my sixth novel by Zola and my fifth in the Rougon-Macquart series.
I also hosted two giveaways.  I'm really happy with all the books I finished in the last two months -- I'm only sorry that I wasn't able to read more.  I still have a giant stack of books by Anthony Trollope unread!

How about you, bloggers?  Did you get a lot of Victorians read this summer?  Which were your favorites?  

8 comments:

  1. I wasn't part of the Challenge, but I would always add a vote for 'Our Mutual Friend'. I think it is an astounding novel.

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    1. I loved it! One of my favorite reads this year. I have four more by Dickens and I'm afraid they won't be nearly as good.

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  2. I seem to be stuck in the 1930s at the moment - not that I'm complaining. I'm hoping to read some more of Trollope's Palliser series soon.

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    1. What are you reading? I love that period between the wars. I do want to read the Pallisers, as soon as I finally finish the Chronicles of Barsetshire.

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  3. I've enjoyed reading your Victorian posts this summer. I'm all over the decades lately, but I am reading North & South at the moment and really like it. I missed your Agnes Grey post - must go and read that now!

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    1. I read North and South last year and LOVED it, one of my favorite Victorians. And have you read Wives and Daughters. Wonderful!!

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  4. Wow, nine Victorians! Congrats... From your list, Our Mutual Friend is one that I look forward most.
    I have finished 7 books plus three short stories. The wrap up post is here: http://klasikfanda.blogspot.com/2012/07/a-victorian-celebration-wrap-up.html

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    1. I saw your wrapup -- great list!! I still haven't read the OCS and I really want the Dickens Bicentenary. So many Victorians left to read!

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