Thursday, 21 September 2017

#Victober TBR!

Ange @ Beyond the Pages, Katie @ Books and Things, Kate @ Kate Howe and Lucy @ Lucy the Reader are back for the second year in a row with #Victober - a read-a-thon focused on British and Irish literature written during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837-1901.

Victorian literature was always my favourite era of literature to study when I was a student, I studied Victorian Popular Fiction and Victorian Gothic in the final year of my undergraduate degree and loved it, but I don't read much of it now that I'm no longer a student. There are so many more contemporary writers, particularly non-British, LGBT+ and poc writers, whom I'd rather devote my reading time to.

Having said that, I do still enjoy classics when I pick them up so I thought I'd join in and try to read a bit of Victorian literature this October alongside all of the other books I want to read this autumn!

There are five challenges:
  • Read a Victorian book by a Irish, Scottish or Welsh author
  • Read a Victorian book that was recommended to you 
  • Read a supernatural Victorian book
  • Read a lesser known Victorian book
  • Read a Victorian book by a female author
I'm only going to attempt three of them, because I don't want Victorian literature to completely take over my reading month, so the challenges I've crossed through are the ones I won't be tackling.

Read a Victorian book by an Irish, Scottish or Welsh author // I'm going to re-read The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen, because I think I need to read it again to appreciate it. It's described as one of the best horror stories ever written but I remember being left a bit disappointed with it, so I'd like to give it another try. Arthur Machen was a Welsh author who focused on supernatural/horror stories, so he's worth checking out if you're into Victorian Gothic.

Read a supernatural Victorian book // Another re-read, this time of one of my favourite pieces of Victorian literature: Carmilla. Carmilla is a vampire story that pre-dates Dracula and I really, really enjoyed it when I had to study it for university. It'd be nice to read it again just for the pure enjoyment of it.

Read a Victorian book by a female author // I love Anne Brontë, but I've never read her masterpiece the whole way through. I've read bits of it here and there and I understand the social importance of it, but I want to read it properly so I can appreciate the often forgotten Brontë's genius. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is the book I'd like to focus my attention on for this read-a-thon.

Are you taking part in #Victober? What are some of your favourite Victorian novels?


  1. What a lovely Gothic Victober TBR! It's crazy how many authors I hadn't heard of and keep finding while doing internet browsing. Arthur Machen sounds really interesting - I hope you enjoy him more the second time around. Looking forward to hearing how you enjoy all of these!

    1. Thank you! The challenge made me realise just how few non-English Victorian writers I know of, but I currently live in Wales so I've encountered Arthur Machen a few times in various museum gift shops. I'm looking forward to discovering some new authors myself! ^_^

  2. Ooh this looks really fun! I would definitely be interested in Carmilla, it would be nice to read a pre- Dracula vampire story and see how it is.

  3. I'm so excited about Victober! I'll actually be reading Dracula for the supernatural novel, but I'm quite curious about Carmilla, I've been hearing a lot about it lately. Oh, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of my favourite books ever, Anne Brontë is such an amazing writer. :)