I am really excited for the event to launch and to finally get to all the lovely Victorian titles I've been craving in the last few months. I'm also excited for school to get out in three weeks so I can read like a maniac. :)
Anyway, I'm trying to decide what to do for the event in regards to my reading. I am currently in the middle of a number of titles that are certainly NOT Victorian in nature. And while I wasn't planning on focusing solely on the Victorians for all of June and July, I do need to switch gears a bit. I think I may set aside a few of the titles I am in the middle of in favor of picking up a Victorian or two...or three. We'll have to see how voraciously I pick up books when I am free (at last) from the demands of teaching (although, I finished my last set of essays yesterday, so that frees up a TON of time in the evenings).
I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of all the Victorian books that I have on my shelf as options for the event. I have them listed below in some categories. I am looking for suggestions in a couple areas, so please, recommend!
Books from my 250 Project List:
- Tess of D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (I have a feeling I will really like this one, so I might save it for later on in my project)
- Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Really want to get to this one!)
- Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (I believe this is Amanda's favorite Hardy - correct me if I'm wrong - so I definitely want to get to it!)
- Middlemarch by George Eliot (Haven't read this one in ages, but I'd like to read it during the event!)
- Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (not sure if I'll tackle this one. I might save it)
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (I started this one last year and never finished it. if I recall, it read very quickly, so this is a definite option)
- Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (I really have no desire to read this one after suffering through Heart of Darkness in December)
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling (another possibility, but my first try wasn't successful)
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (might save until October...)
- Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (I'm in the middle of this one, so this will be the first title I finish for the event!)
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (the last Dickens title on my list, and one I'm looking forward to!)
- Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (An American Victorian...why not?)
- Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (tried this one a couple years ago and couldn't get into it. I'm willing to try again)
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (LOVE TWAIN, and yes, another American Victorian)
- The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (really want to get to this one, so I will probably make time for it)
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
- Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
- Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
- Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
- a whole slew of short stories by Twain, Gaskell, Dickens, Eliot, etc, etc.(pretty easy to squeeze in stories between all those chunky Victorians)
- Poems by Thomas Hardy (I'm a fan of Hardy's novels, so I'm curious about his poetry)
- I also have a collection of Victorian poems, so I'll probably visit those
- The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (Really want to get to this)
- Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin (This one is a definite)
- The Dickens Bicentenary (I started this one back in February, so I want to finish it!)
Obviously, I know I'm not going to get through all of these titles (THAT would be crazy), but I do want to make some great progress.
What are you planning on reading for the event?