I told myself, no more reading challenges. This isn’t a reading challenge. I’m not sure what it is if it isn’t, but it can’t be one because I am not doing those anymore. 🤭
I’m about to start the last part of The Woman in White. It’s been quite a ride! I love the characters so much, even if the plot plods here and there.
Overall, I’ve been inspired to read some Victorian (British) lit again, which I haven’t read much of in years. Here are some others I’d like to read this year:
- Jane Eyre (reread), February – A friend of mine is reading it for the first time, and I jumped at the chance to read it again. I haven’t read it in something like 18 years! It will be interesting to see how I feel about it now.
- Daniel Deronda, spring- I actually started this in December but was too busy to continue with it at the time. This has a very different vibe to it than Middlemarch, and I sense I’m going to like it a lot! This will be a buddy read with another YouTuber who is knowledgeable about all things George Eliot.
- The Heir of Redclyffe (reread), summer?? – Charlotte Mary Yonge’s novel was a bestseller in her time and even referenced in Little Women. I remember liking it but struggling to understand the conflict as it seemed a bit of “much ado about nothing.” Hopefully that was just user error and I can decipher it this time…
- Middlemarch (second half) – Undecided, but I might be able to muster the determination to finish this later in the year.
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and/or Wuthering Heights – I own Tenant, but it’s the last Brontë novel I haven’t read yet. I read Wuthering 2 or 3 times as a tween, but I need to read it again because it was always kind of fuzzy in my memory. It would be neat to finish off the year having “completed” the Brontës’ works.
I would be quite happy to manage to read all of these. I would like to add some other novels like David Copperfield and Vanity Fair, but I don’t think that will be a practical plan based on the other reading I have going on.
What’s your favorite British novel of the 19th century?
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