Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 Victorian Reading Challenge --- Join Us!

More than any other time in modern history, in my opinion, the Victorian Age saw the most change to European and American societies. Many agrarian, rural communities transitioned to urban centers of industry. Men and women began to talk about and take steps toward redefining their traditional roles. Theories about God, the origin of man, and the practice of religion began to be publicly put forth, challenged, refuted, or solidified. The Victorian Age saw a great revolution in the western world and it's a topic that fascinates me endlessly.

Over the past few months, I've collected a good stack of Victorian novels and have several on my Christmas list. With an upcoming trip to England, including a visit to the Brontes old stomping grounds, I've got Victoriana on the brain. This year's reading challenge will be all about the Victorians.

The Rules
  • Books published during the Victorian age (1837-1901) are acceptable. 
  • Books written about the Victorian age are acceptable, no matter what year they were published. (Here are some ideas)
  • Stories are not limited to Victorian Britain. Read about what was going on in other parts of the world during this time!
  • Challenge is open to everyone everywhere---you don't have to have a blog or site to join. Just enter the link to your online review (Amazon, Goodreads, BookCrossing, or elsewhere)---or just participate by leaving comments on this post.

How to Join
  • Leave a comment below letting me know you're in and add your blog link if you have one. You can link directly to your home page or to a post you've written about the challenge.
  • Add the button below to your site so your friends can join up too!
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  1. Hi, this looks like fun. I'm going to give it a try. And please take a look at the challenge I'm hosting next year (my first one ever):

  2. Here's a link to my goodreads shelf for this challenge. I'm new to this kind of thing so forgive me if I do things wrong.

    1. I'm glad you're in! I'm gonna have to take some time this week and figure out the Goodreads thing. I've been doing BookCrossing for 10 years but have never looked into the Goodreads thing.

  3. Hi, Sarah. This sounds like fun! I blog at I'll be posting a 2016 challenge post soon.

  4. I'm joining in the challenge. It looks like so much fun! And I love this time period.

  5. All signed up! Looking forward to this.

  6. First one for me!

  7. The Victorian Age interests me too so I am glad to have discovered this challenge. Thanks for hosting it.

    Here's my sign-up post:

  8. I read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Here's the link to my review on goodreads.

  9. I read Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. Here's the link to my review on goodreads.

  10. I'm joining a bit late. My signup post Thanks!

  11. Hi Sarah

    Things have been so hectic that I am submitting my first review for the challenge only now. But I enjoyed the read so many thanks for hosting this challenge.

    The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths (1896)

  12. I don't know whether this challenge is still active or not but I am submitting the links to the two books that I read during Oct-Dec.

    The Great Tontine by Hawley Smart
    The Beetle by Richard Marsh