Back to the Classics & Victorian Reading Challenge | 2019

Hi, folks!

It’s less than twenty days until the end of 2018 and I am making my reading plans for next year. As I need to catch up with my Classics Club list, I decided to sign-up for two related challenges that might inspire me to read those books:


Back to the Classics 2019

This is a challenge hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate to encourage readers to tackle the classic books we’ve been procrastinating to read. Full details of the challenge are here.

Below are the categories for 2019, and my books for each:

1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
  • The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard (1862)
2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969. All books in this category must have been published at least 50 years ago. The only exceptions are books that were published posthumously but were written at least 50 years ago.
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)
3. Classic by a Female Author.
  • Evelina by Fanny Burney (1778)
4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a novel other than your native language.
  • Lavinia, by George Sand (1833)
5. Classic Comedy. Any comedy or humorous work.
  • Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons (1932)
6. Classic Tragedy. Tragedies traditionally have a sad ending, but just like the comedies, this is up for the reader to interpret.
  • The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (1928)
7. Very Long Classic. Any classic single work 500 pages or longer, not including introductions or end notes.
  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot (1871)
8. Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages.
  • Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor (1952)
9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Includes classic set in either continent or the Caribbean, or by an author originally from one of those countries.
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett (1896)
10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Any classic set in one of those contents or islands, or by an author from these countries.
  • Letty Fox: Her Luck by Christina Stead (1946, Australia)
11. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived. Any classic set in a city, county, state or country in which you’ve lived.
  • Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane (1894, Germany)
12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago. Plays are eligible for this category only.
  • The Rover, by Aphra Behn (1677, in: Oroonoko, The Rover, and Other Works, Aphra Behn)


2019 Victorian Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Becky at Becky`s Book Reviews, to promote Victorian literature. The goal is to read a minimum of 4 Victorian books in 2019, and you can choose between four options. Full details of the challenge are here.

My choice is option A, the bingo card (first line, horizontal):

  • Free choice: Belinda, by Rhoda Broughton (1883)
  • Any Brontë sister: Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë (1847)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell: North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)
  • George Eliot: Romola, by George Eliot (1863)
  • Free choice: Hester, by Margaret Oliphant (1883)
  • Other possible free choices:
    • The Beth Book by Sarah Grand (1897)
    • Marcella, by Mary Augusta Ward (1890)
    • Moths, by Ouida/ Maria Louise Ramé (1880)
    • Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)
    • Aurora Leigh, by Elizabeth Barret Browning (1856)

That’s all for now, folks. Are you making any plans for 2019?

Yours truly,


Walter Crane, ‘At home, a portrait’, 1872

10 thoughts on “Back to the Classics & Victorian Reading Challenge | 2019

  1. Great list! I love Middlemarch, love Gaskell. I also really enjoyed Red Pottage. And your blog is beautiful, I love the illustrations! Thanks for signing up for the Back to the Classics Challenge!


  2. I’ve only read one of these…Middlemarch. You already know it’s long, so I’ll warn you it starts rather slow as well. Worth it in the end. I’m reading Wise Blood also, so I look forward to comparing notes.


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