Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Victorian Celebration: Guest Post and Giveaway from Avid Reader's Musings.

I'm really excited to bring you the first guest post for "A Victorian Celebration," by the wonderful Melissa from The Avid Reader's Musings. Melissa has a wonderful blog with great and diverse content, so you should definitely head over there and check it out!

Melissa will also have her post live on her blog this morning. If you are entering the giveaway, please make sure you are entering at HER BLOG. Any entries made here won't be counted. 

And here's Melissa!

My name is Melissa from Avid Reader’s Musings and I couldn’t be more excited about digging into some Victorian literature this summer.

Last year I participated in a Victorian Literature Challenge and read 15 books that fall into that category. I developed a huge appreciation for the genre and realized how much I enjoy it. I also discovered a few new authors whose work I’m looking forward to exploring.

So when Allie decided to host a Victorian Celebration this summer I couldn’t resist. To join in the celebration fun I’m giving away three Victorian novels that I love: Jude the Obscure, Jane Eyre and Great Expectations. All three are wonderful in their own ways and if you haven’t read them then this is the perfect opportunity.

For a chance to win the books stop by my blog and leave a comment with your email address and your favorite Victorian novel.

For my own reading choices for the Celebration I decided to definitely read Villette by Charlotte Bronte (1853) and The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (1878). I’m also going to try and fit in a couple more from the following list:

- The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1890)
- Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)
- The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855)
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1848)

I hope you all join in the fun and find a few new favorites along the way!

Thanks Melissa!


  1. w00t! Fun stuff!

    The more I'm bouncing around to other "celebrators" - the more I might be leaning toward adding Zola to my pile for this event.

  2. Wilkie Collins is he of my favorite authors, The Woman in White is a favorite. Great Expectations is on my short list to read. Love seeing love for the Victorians!

  3. I've been lurking for well...months, but I had to comment on this at a chance to get a new BOOK (because you know, the ones already waiting for me at home don't have enough friends yet). I love all the Victorians--I basically did a concentration in Victorian lit for my English degree, I'm that cool--but my favorite has to be either Bleak House (Dickens) or Middlemarch (Eliot). I own Jane Eyre and Great Expectations, but I'd love to win Jude the Obscure :) I can be reached at

  4. Hi. I'm following along-no prizes. Just finished A Strange, Eventful History-The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and Their Remarkable Families by Michael Holroyd. In the middle of The Last Pre -Raphaelite-Edward Burnes-Jones and the Victorian Imagination by Fiona MacCarthy. Very interesting but LONG, INVOLVED books-maybe not the best for a 2 month challenge,but keep it on your list.