Autumn means Victober (the Victorian literature readathon)! I love this readathon, which feels as much a part of it ‘officially’ becoming autumn as the darker nights and Halloween decorations do. I read so few classics during the rest of the year, but I always enjoy what I pick up during this event, so I’ve no idea why I don’t make more effort year-round? I think it’s maybe just that the Victober hosts and community are so lovely?
There’s A LOT of October readathons I want to take part in this year, and Victober reads tend to be big and/or dense so I want to keep this on the realistic side. I have three books I really, really want to pick up, and then more of a ‘possibility pile’, to pick from if I can squeeze anything else in at the end.
There are 4 reading prompts, along with a read aloud challenge and a group book. I think my three choice could fill most of the prompts, but since prompts are optional in this readathon, I’m just going to focus on the books themselves, and read the books I’ve been eyeing up for months.
Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Half-Caste by Diana Mulock Craik
The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells
Possibilities (for my own memory, if nothing else)
Re-watching BBC’s North and South
Re-watching some of the Carmilla web-series (or the film), or the new 2019 Carmilla film?
The Moonstone by Willkie Collins
The Law and the Lady by Willkie Collins
East Lynne by Ellen Wood
The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope
The Romance of a Shop by Amy Levy
Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau
The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge
Aurora Floyd Mary Elizabeth Braddon