Monday, November 28, 2022

2023 Victorian Reading Challenge #2023VictorianReadingChallenge

The last eight 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 2023---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 book wish 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 2023. 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: #2023VictorianReadingChallenge


  1. I joined up!

  2. Thank you for hosting this. I'm a fervent reader of Victorian books, so of course I'm in! :)
    Here's my post:

  3. I'm keen to join in this challenge, thank you for hosting it :-) I love the inventiveness and energy of the Victorian era too. My sign up post is here

  4. Ok. I'm signing up again and I promise to be better about coming back and posting my progress. I do want to blog more about my reading so this might actually happen.

    1. Haha! Oh I completely understand! I was horrible last year about posting my progress! May we both do better this year!

  5. My first book for this challenge is completed!

  6. My second book for this challenge is completed!

  7. My first book for this challenge is completed.