I have been checking out my big old pile of reads for the event, and settled on finishing Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens (I started it in February, but set it aside), as well as The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell. I thought they would make a good jumping off point!
The first giveaway for the event is for another of Gaskell's works. I am a huge fan of Gaskell and have been slowly reading her complete works over the last couple of years. Today's title is one of my favorites by her and one that I hope I get to during this event.
When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature."
Up for grabs is a brand new Penguin edition of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. To enter, please read and follow the rules and instructions below:
- This first giveaway will be open to any residents of the U.S. or Canada (my international participants, I have special giveaways planned for you later on in the event!).
- You MUST be a participant of A Victorian Celebration to enter.
- You MUST be 13 years or older
- You do not have to follow me or subscribe to qualify
- You MUST leave me your e-mail so that I contact you if you win
- The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will pick a new winner.
- To enter, comment on this post and answer the following question: What is the first title you are reading for the event and why did you pick it?
- The giveaway will be open until 11:59 PM on Friday, June 8, 2012 EST.
The first tile I'm going to read is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I've always wanted to read it and I found it on paperbackswap today so I thought it was pretty kismet.ReplyDelete
I've heard so many good things about that one! Can't wait to see your thoughts!Delete
I love the Tenant of Wildfell Hall; it's a favorite of mine, so yay!ReplyDelete
I am reading Trollope's Framley Parsonage. I've read 3 Barsetshire novels so far and this is the 4th; I've been a Thirkell fan for years and I'm having fun reading her 'source' novels. So far so good! Apparently Trollope wrote it on a tight deadline and for serial publication. He purposely wrote a story that he knew would appeal to popular taste--the quiet country town society sort of novel, and he said that it didn't have much plot. So it was a huge hit, everyone loved it, and it cemented his reputation.
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I'm also working my way through the Barsetshire series, though I've never read Thirkell. I really loved BT and Dr. Thorne, though Framley was good too. I'm hoping to start The Small House at Allington sometime soon, depends on what other Victorians I pick up.Delete
I really want to read a Trollope! I've given up hope on Dickens and I hear Trollope was a literary competitor. ;-)Delete
I tried Trollope a year or two ago, but I'm going to try him again for the event (The Warden and Barcester Towers).Delete
North and South is my favorite, favorite, favorite book ever!!!! My current Dickens is Dombey and Son. But I'm also reading a couple of nonfiction books about the Victorian time period! I'm not sure which will be my "first" read. But I am SO SO SO excited about this celebration!ReplyDelete
Which nonfiction books are you reading? I'm always looking for more background on the Victorian period.Delete
I'm glad you're excited! I'm still discovering Dickens, so I will definitely get to that one eventually!Delete
Don't enter me in the drawing as I already have N&S -- just wanted to comment how much I love it too! Great choice for a giveaway.ReplyDelete
Very excited about all the Victorian comments already!
I'm excited too! :)Delete
My first read will be Little Dorrit. I signed up for a class where we are going to read it along side some of the economic writing of the time such as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Should be interesting.ReplyDelete
Please don't enter me in the drawing as I already own North and South and enjoyed it very much. (Didn't like the ending of the TV version though.)
Oh, I look forward to your thoughts on Little Dorrit! I have that one on my shelf for a future read.Delete
It has been awhile since I've read North and South, but I watch the BBC series every once in awhile. :)
I'm starting with the Picture of Dorian Gray. It's long been on my list because the storyline looks fascinating and I've never read anything of Wilde's. I got through the first chapter last night and am hooked. Here's hoping the rest of the books is just as amazing!ReplyDelete
Oh, SUCH a good book! Enjoy!Delete
I shall start my reading list with Bram Stoker's Dracula because I've been dying to read this novel and it's related to my Twitter book club @DraculasGuests ...ReplyDelete
Ooooh, good pick for Dracula.Delete
I have that on my kindle and I've halfheartedly started it (I took it on vacation with me) but I'm hoping to pick it up again this summer!
I just read Dracula and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Now my 12yo daughter is reading it and liking it too.Delete
Dracula is such a great book. I just read it in the fall. :)Delete
I'm starting with The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. I can't believe Middlemarch is the only Eliot I've read and that was 10 years ago! Time to remedy that. I'm hoping to get to North and South this summer as well, which I already own, so don't enter me in the drawing. Happy reading to everyone!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh! The Mill on the Floss...read it at the beginning of the year. *gush*Delete
Mill on the Floss is my favorite by Eliot! SO GOOD.Delete
I loved Mill on the Floss as well - I'm hoping to get to Middlemarch later this month or in July. It's one of the longer titles on my pile for this Celebration, though, so I'm not sure I'll make it through in time.Delete
This is actually an extremely appropriate giveaway for me, because the first title I plan on reading is North and South! I've heard it is a romantic and sweet story, which I could use right now, so I'm excited to get started.ReplyDelete
It's such a good one! I wish more people would read it!Delete
The first title I'm reading (and should be finishing soon) is Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. I chose it because I've read Charlotte and Emily, so I felt the need to finally complete that might trinity! I actually have Gaskell on my list for the celebration, too! I might read Cranford (it's on my pile - but Autobiography of Mark Twain is next, and then probably Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance! I haven't read any Gaskell yet and N&S is one I somehow don't own yet. :)
I haven't completed the trinity yet. ;) I will soon, I hope!Delete
Cranford was really entertaining. I had a readalong for it during my first year blogging. :)
I might join you in Autobiography of Mark Twain. Once school ends next Friday I am going on a reading BONANZA.
I'm already about 20% done with it... it's SO good. But, I love Twain (the man and the writer/writing) so I'm not surprised that I love his Autobiography. I could see how those who don't really enjoy his writing might not like the Autobiography, because it's very "Twain." But, as to that, I still don't understand people who don't like Twain... it makes me Hulk-like angry! SMASH!Delete
So, don't enter me because I have a copy already. I just had to see what everyone else was reading. And of course to reiterate that Catherine is a selfish cow. lolReplyDelete
Lol. You crack me up.Delete
The first title I'm reading is The Mill on the Floss. I really like what I've read so far from Eliot, so I thought I'd giver her another go. Of course, I've haven't actually started it yet...ReplyDelete
I'm also interested in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy.
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Mill on the Floss is my FAVORITE Eliot. I hope you love it!Delete
I'm reading Villette first. I picked it because I loved Jane Eyre and for some reason I've never read this one. So far so good.ReplyDelete
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I loved Villette. Part of me is glad I read it before Jane Eyre (because I loved that too) so I could appreciate a different aspect of Charlotte's writing. :) Can't wait to see your thoughts!Delete
The first title I read was Chopin's The Awakening. I picked it because a blog review(I don't remember who wrote it, unfortunately!) made me think it would be a fantastic counterpoint to D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, which I read earlier this year and adored. The Awakening was much shorter than I expected, so I finished really quickly, and have a post about it already! I didn't love its message as much as Lawrence's, but you can't beat Chopin for sheer sensuous language.ReplyDelete
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The Awakening is a fabulous book. I've read it multiple times and it gets better each time!Delete
I'm reading Great Expectations first. I've never read Dickens, so I thought this book might be a good starting off point. It's one of his shorter works, and the story is really interesting so far.ReplyDelete
I'm coming around to liking Dickens, but Great Expectations and I have had fights in the past...I know I need to give it another chance eventually...Delete
Start with The Pickwick Papers and you'll have an easier time. It's lighter. The fabulous thing about Dickens is his social humor and his characters. Pickwick is one of the funnier ones and includes some love interests too.Delete
I picked The Jungle Book. I forgot this was Victorian, but I did pick it because I wanted to read Rudyard Kipling and it's been a couple months since I read a YA book. I really enjoy YA books from the late 19th century and early 20th century too.ReplyDelete
I'd love a copy of N&S too.
I haven't read any Kipling, so I hope you enjoy it! Can't wait to see your thoughts!Delete
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I'm reading Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone - early detective fiction - one of the earliest! I'd love to enter for North and South - cmylks [at] yahoo [dot] comReplyDelete
I've only read The Woman in White by Collins, but I have The Moonstone sitting on my shelf...Delete