Tuesday, December 8, 2020

2021 Victorian Reading Challenge #2021VictorianReadingChallenge

The last six 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! Read on for a phantasmagorical reading challenge for 2021---
Victorian style!

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 a few years ago, 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 Participate

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. You can join at any point during 2021. Share this challenge with your friends so they can join, too!

Every time you finish a book for the challenge, come back and leave your thoughts/link in the comments---then we can all be inspired! Also, here's a hashtag for us to use so we can find one another easier: #2021VictorianReadingChallenge


  1. Ooh! I'm glad you're doing this again because I think I'll have more reading time in the upcoming year and I have new Elizabeth Goudge books to read as well as lots of George MacDonald. So, I'm in! https://purringcottage.blogspot.com/

  2. https://jannghi.blogspot.com/2020/12/2021-victorian-reading-challenge.html

  3. I'm in! This challenge is a perfect fit for me. I read many series that are *set* in the Victorian age (none that were published in Victorian age). Avid Series Reader

  4. I'm in!

    1. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/28947842-wendy-ross

  5. https://sarrod22.blogspot.com/2021/01/2021-victorian-reading-challenge.html
    Sounds fun!

  6. My first book for the challenge: Death on Telegraph Hill by Shirley Tallman

    Avid Series Reader

  7. 2nd book for the challenge: The Beckoning Ice by Joan Druett, set in 1838

  8. 3rd book for the challenge: Red Fox Woman by Judy Ann Davis, set in 1868
    Avid Series Reader

  9. Avid Series Reader
    4th book for the challenge: An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry, set in 1869