My Victober TBR | 2019

Hi, folks!

Victober is a month-long readathon hosted by KateKatieAnge, and Lucy, where the idea is to read as much Victorian literature as we can in the month of October – by that the hosts understand any book published from 1837 to 1901 in the UK. The hosts usually set some prompts or challenges to inspire our reading, and they also have a Goodreads group.

Here are the books I am planning to read:

  • Ange’s challenge: Read a book by a Victorian female author (bonus: one that’s new to you)
    • Marcella, by Mrs. Humphry Ward (pen name of Mary Augusta Ward, 1894): a novel about class politics with a strong female protagonist who is said to be similar to Dorothea from Middlemarch.
    • The Clever Woman of the Family, by Charlotte Mary Yonge (1865): a novel about a group of women in a small seaside community.
  • Kate’s challenge: Reread a Victorian book
    • Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondeley (1899): a novel about two female friends, two women who lead very different lives and have very different personalities.
  • Katie’s challenge: Read a Victorian book under 250 pages and/or over 500 pages
    • under 250 pages: Keynotes and Discords, by George Egerton (pen name of Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright, 1893/1894): two volumes of short stories that explore women’s roles and social expectations regarding women in Victorian society.
    • over 500 pages: Moths, by Ouida (pen name of Maria Louise Ramé, 1880): a novel said to be an indictment against Victorian marriage as a form of prostitution.
  • Lucy’s challenge: Read an underrated Victorian book from the same year as your favourite Victorian classic
    • It’s impossible for me to choose one favourite Victorian book, I have several favourites! So, I will adapt this prompt and read a book published in same year as the best Victorian novel I read for the first time this year (so far), which was Hester, by Margaret Oliphant (1883):
      • Belinda, by Rhoda Broughton (1883): a novel said to be a satire on Biritsh academia.
      • A Struggle for fame, by Charlotte Riddell (1883): a novel about a woman who is determined to make her own way in the world
  • Goodreads group readalong: The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde (1st–6th October) and A Woman of No Importance, also by Oscar Wilde (14th–21st October)

And, finally, during Victober, there will also be a Knit and Listen along hosted by MelKristiKate and Natalie, where they will knit sweaters while listening to George Eliot’s Adam Bede (1859) in audiobook. I will be knitting the pattern The Sommer Regn, by Renate Yerkes, using the Brooklyn Tweed Arbor yarn, in the colorway Nightfall.

If you are planning to take part in Victober and are in need of some recommendations, here are some Victorian books I enjoyed:


And that’s all for now, folks! As L.M. Montgomery writes in Anne of Green Gables, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”. What will you be reading? Tell me about it. 🙂

Yours truly,

J.


Eastman Johnson, “The Girl I Left Behind Me”, ca. 1872

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