A Victorian Celebration

A few weeks ago, I joined Jillian and her Classics Club.   She has also introduced me to a Victorian Celebration hosted by A Literary Odyssey.   The goal is to read Victorian writers  during June and July of this summer.  Since I am attempting to read ten Dickens novels this year and I’ve only read three, odds are I will be reading some of his novels this June and July.  However you aren’t limited to novels.  You can read biographies on Queen Victoria or any of the writers from the time period.  I don’t know which novels I will read yet.  If I finish David Copperfield in May, I may be reading Bleak House in June and Hard Times in July.  This would work out perfectly since the latter novel is much smaller and I will be out of town part of July.

There will be prizes.  And if you sign up before May 1st, you can win another prize.  If you are interested in the celebration and/or would like to follow along please check out the site.  It is always fun to have a group of people to discuss novels with.   Here’s to a fun summer!

I know I have signed up for many reading challenges this year.  To help keep myself organized I have created a page for the challenges to keep track of my progress or lack of progress.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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28 Responses to A Victorian Celebration

  1. Caroline says:

    I don’t know why but Dickens seems such autumn/winter reading for me. That’s why I don’t think I’ll get to him earlier that October…
    I think most of your challenges work well together and many of the books can be entered more than once, so this one is certainly no additional stress.
    Enjoy your books!

    • TBM says:

      That is why I joined this one. No stress and a good way to meet other book lovers. I can see Dickens being a great read for the fall and winter. I just know I couldn’t read all ten in such a short time span.

      On a different note, I’ve been enjoying Coventry. I got some of it read during my breaks at the book fair. Nice choice!

      • Caroline says:

        I’m very glad to hear it. I haven’t started yet.
        I’m still cathing up with my read for the Muriel Spark week (dull) and Tracy Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures (love it).

      • TBM says:

        Good luck with the Spark…dull reading seems to take forever. I’ll keep an eye out for Chevalier’s work.

  2. Beth Ann says:

    You are so amazing when it comes to all of your challenges!!! I am not nearly so disciplined and don’t read the ‘good stuff” that you read, though I should!!!! Loved seeing your progress!

    • TBM says:

      Oh trust read, I don’t always read the ‘good stuff.’ The 1001 list helps me focus on all of the books I meant to read years ago but never got to. But I stray from the list quite a bit.

      • Beth Ann says:

        Okay so have you read “50 Shades of Gray” since it would be really straying from your list and is in the news all the time???? 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I haven’t, but that is a great idea! I wonder what my Victorian readers would think. Actually, one of my history professors brought in a Victorian newspaper to class and read us the classified ads to prove to us that not all of them were so pure. It made for some interesting reading and discussion.

  3. Hope you enjoy what you read. We studied a lot of this at school – and had such a great teacher that I was hooked for life!

    • TBM says:

      I love to hear stories like that…so often you hear how teachers ruined the learning experience and now someone hates a subject. Good for you teacher!

  4. Lynne Ayers says:

    All I can say is, I’m impressed. Like Beth Ann above, I’m a should-be. Your example may yet get me into something better than the CIA genre that I have been known to read – I think I’m embarassing myself …

    • TBM says:

      That’s the great thing about reading…it doesn’t matter what you read, as long as you enjoy what you are reading. It is a personal thing and no one can interfere with it.

      • Lynne Ayers says:

        Well, I’m rarely without a book – one book took me 6 months to finish mind you – I’m not sure why I persevered through it’s 1000 pages – I think it’s a
        parental voice – ‘finish what is on your plate.” But I do enjoy reading.

      • TBM says:

        1000 pages. Sounds like you didn’t like it. What was it? Dickens maybe?

  5. I love this idea! Thanks for the post. 🙂

  6. Good luck for your reading challenges.

  7. zelmare says:

    I’m tempted to join, I’m just not sure that I”l have enough time to read. It will be embarrassing if I don’t get past one book in the 2 months… 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Not embarrassing at all…who knows, I may not make it through one either. My summer will be busy. Please don’t feel any pressure. That takes the fun out of it!

  8. Myra GB says:

    Another reading challenge! It’s great to hear about these fabulous things through you. 🙂 We might have to pass up though. Have to be realistic about what we can manage. 🙂

  9. Madhu says:

    I can’t seem to stay focused these days! Have several half finished books on my nightstand 😦

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    More reading challenges for this year? Wow, that’s so awesome! I can see why you would need a method to keep organized.

  11. I can’t wait for your reviews. I love the Victorian era writers, but after the A – Z blog challenge, I think I’ll keep my calendar free for a couple of months. Good luck.

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