Monday, December 18, 2017

2018 Victorian Reading Challenge

The last three years, I've read everything "Victorian" I could get my hands on. I still can't seem to get enough, so this year I'm renewing my commitment toward Victorian studies. I'm still fascinated and there's still so much to learn!

More than any other time in modern history, 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 years, I've collected a good stack of Victorian novels and have several on my Christmas list. I spent a week in England last year, visiting the Brontes' old stomping grounds, and even wrote and taught a class on Victorian Sci Fi and Fantasy literature. 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.

Stories are not limited to Victorian Britain. Read about what was going on in other parts of the world during this time!

The challenge is open to everyone everywhere---you don't have to have a blog or site to join. Just comment with the link to your online review (Amazon, Goodreads, BookCrossing, or elsewhere) and we'll come visit you.

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 code in the box below to your own site to advertise the challenge so your friends can join too!

Are you a dedicated Victorianophile who loves to write and receive handwritten correspondence? Join the New Year Pen Friend Exchange at the Victorian Letter Writers Guild! 


  1. Finished book #1 today: The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West

  2. Since I just discovered this, I hope you'll be doing it again in 2019.

    1. HI Kim! I do plan to! I'll probably put up the new challenge the week after Christmas.