For a change, and for some fun and good mental enrichment, I plan to engage in a literary (but non-writing!) challenge in 2011.

I found this out on the Internet.  Thanks, Internets!  Here’s a copy/paste from the originator of the challenge.

Victorian Literature Challenge 2011
 
What you need to know: This challenge will run from 01 Jan 2011 – 31 Dec 2011.
Participants can sign up at any time throughout the year. 
Read your Victorian literature.
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. If your book wasn’t published during those particular years, but is by an author considered ‘Victorian’ then go for it. We’re here for reading, not historical facts! Also, this can include works by authors from other countries, so long as they are from this period.

Literature comes in many forms.
There are so many Victorian reads out there, including novels, short stories, and poetry. One poem doesn’t count as a ‘book’: pick up an anthology instead!

 Choose your books.
List your books before you begin, or pick up titles along the way. It’s up to you! You can review them if you choose to, but it’s not necessary. If you don’t have a blog, that’s fine! Link to a Facebook, or a page somewhere where you can list what you’ve been reading. If you can’t link up, no problem – feel free to just comment and enjoy.

Spread the love.

Post the reading challenge on your blog – make your own post(s), or stick the button on the side of your page. The more the merrier, after all. Let’s build a big community of Victorian literature lovers!

Choose from one of the four levels:

Sense and Sensibility: 1-4 books.
Great Expectations: 5-9 books.
Hard Times: 10-14 books.
Desperate Remedies: 15+ books.

Sign up, and enjoy!

For right now, I’m going to aim conservatively, as I do not read particularly fast and I will be finishing and editing one novel and starting (and hopefully completing the first draft) in the same year.

Thus, from the list off my Kindle of books that I’d like to get to, in no particular order (and though I wince to think of Jane Austen as Victorian, because she’s NOT, I may count her in the list, as I see others have done.)  Eventually.  (Yep, I went a little crazy and know I won’t get to all of these next year–nor probably in the next 3, but there you go).

  • North and South  Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Liza: A Nest of Nobles Ivan S. Turgenev
  • The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Jacob’s Room Virginia Woolf
  • The House of Seven Gables  Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne (will be reading the translation, as I read even slower in French than I do in English, though I am tempted to attempt the original.  We’ll see.)
  • The Time Machine  H.G. Wells
  • Lady Audley’s Secret Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Middlemarch  George Eliot
  • Elizabeth and her German Garden Elizabeth von Arnim
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Emma Orczy
  • Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott
  • The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
  • Anna Karenina  Leo Tolstoy
  • The Touchstone Edith Wharton
  • The Wings of the Dove Henry James
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread E.M. Forster
  • The People of the Mist Henry Rider Haggard
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
  • Shirley Charlotte Bronte
  • The Charterhouse of Parma Stendahl
  • Two Years Before the Mast R.H. Dana Jr.
  • Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte Mary Yonge
  • The Gypsies  Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Lorna Doone  R.D. Blackmore
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Mark Twain
  • The Man who would be King  Rudyard Kipling
  • The Awakening  Kate Chopin
  • The Well at World’s End  William Morris

Wow, an ambitious list.  I’ll try not to stress out just looking at it.

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