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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Victorian Book Challenge

So originally I had posted that I was doing an urban fantasy (think "Supernatural") reading challenge.  And I got to thinking about that, and decided that one of my goals is to read more...classical/difficult/challenging books this year.  I couldn't choose an adjective.  Anyway, so I stumbled along this challenge at books, books, books and it better suits my personal goals for 2011.

My desire to read more classics is directly related to my reading of A Thomas Jefferson Education.  How can I best educate my children?  By educating myself.  I love that philosophy.  If I could've just stayed in college forever, I would have.

I think it's best for me to choose some titles.  Whether I stick with them or not is another thing.  But I need something to start from.  I see a lot of people doing this challenge have listed Austen books, but being a stickler (she's Regency, not Victorian), I am not listing any of her's.  Which is a shame, because I still need to finish Emma, and I am currently reading Persuasion.  Oh well.

Because I am a chicken, I am reading at the Sense & Sensibility level, which is 1-4 books.

1.  Bleak House (Dickens) -- My friend Mike gave me this book in 1995.  I still haven't read it.  But that all changes this year.

2.  Wuthering Heights (E. Bronte) -- One of my all-time favorites.  I might read it first, for momentum.

3.  The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde) -- I have always wanted to read this one.  And I want to see the movie.  Which means I have to read it first.

4.  The Princess and the Goblin (MacDonald) -- Because I just know I should read this book.


  1. I'll read any of these with you, if you need a reading buddy. And I'll try to make you feel guilty if you don't finish. (ahem, Emma) You should consider reading The Princess And The Goblin to your kids, though. It is truly a children's story, with vocabulary they probably haven't heard before.

  2. Thanks for joining in the challenge!

    I know very well that Austen isn't Victorian, but she's often considered as a foremother of Victorian writing, and therefore a Victorian writer. So do feel free to use her in the challenge :) I'm not counting Austen as cheating!

  3. I would like to reread Wuthering Heights and maybe I'll download the Picture of Dorian Gray to my Nook. Is the movie on Netflix? Maybe we can watch it the same night or something (after finishing the book, of course).


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