Now that I have completed the Once Upon a Time book challenge I am starting two new challenges. I’m pretty excited to join the Gothic and Victorian challenges. For each of these challenges I will read 5 novels for a total of 10. The level for the Victorian challenge is called the Great Expectations. And the level for the Gothic challenge is The Darkness Within. Some of the books I have chosen can count towards both challenges, but I consider that as cheating and it won’t help me get any closer to reading all of my 1001 books. All of the books that I will read for the challenges are on my 1001 list. I plan to read one book for the Gothic challenge and than one for the Victorian and I will continue to switch back and forth until I complete both. The challenges end at the end of the year, however, I am setting a goal of finishing them by the end of September.
For the Gothic challenge I plan on reading:
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ward Radcliffe
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
For the Victorian Challenge I plan on reading:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
Also during the month of July, I have joined Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings for a read along of Dune by Frank Herbert. And Grace at Books Without Any Pictures is hosting a Catcher in the Rye giveaway that involves reading the novel and then sending it to someone else to read. The goal is to see how far and how many places the novel will visit. If you are interested in joining, please visit her site and write a comment. She’s going to pick a winner on July 22 so you still have time.
Also, if any of you know about other reading challenges, please feel free to let me know. I love to over commit myself. And I am really good at it.
In preparation for my summer reading goals, I purchased a new deck chair.
However, I think Miles doesn’t care about reading and just wants time out on the deck.
That about sums it up.
What is everyone else up to this summer?