Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our Mutual Read Challenge

I love love love this challenge: Our Mutual Read. I adore the Victorian period. I focused on eighteenth and nineteenth century English literature for my MA, and the Victorians of course fall into the later part of that era. I would like to read other books by some of my favorite authors from that time, so this is great inspiration! I'm going to shoot for the top challenge, 12 books, at least six written during the Victorian time frame, the others can be something that takes place during that time or is written about that time. I'm also going to try the period film mini-challenge.

Books read:
Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton

Here's a starting list:
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Vanity Fair - William Thackeray
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
The Old Curiousity Shop - Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Pendennis - William Thackeray
Shirley - Charlotte Bronte
Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne
Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
Something by Benjamin Disraeli
The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Elizabeth Gaskell
The Mill on the Floss - George Elliot
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton


  1. Vanity Fair and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall are SO good! I love Collins, but The Moonstone is my least favourite (I still enjoyed it though). And that's a lot of Dickens-Dickens and I aren't the best of friends, so I'm impressed!

  2. I love Vanity Fair, so that's a reread, but I haven't read most of the others. The only Collins' book I've read it The Woman in White, which I enjoyed. I'm surprised you don't like Dickens though! Although then again, he does tend to overuse adjectives and I guess I can see how he wouldn't be for everyone, but Bleak House is one of my favorite books - you might like it even if you don't like his other books, it's a mystery and is sort of similar to The Woman in White. I have all of those Dickens books sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read so I thought this would be a good time to read them!