The Victorian Challenge is being hosted by Alex, and it’s aim is to encourage people to read more books written during, or based in the Victorian Era.
I signed up to the Walk in Hyde Park level – 4 books, although I actually managed to read five books:
1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Irritating characters, and a miserable plot – I don’t think I have ever read a book where there isn’t at least one tiny ray of light somewhere! It’s a classic though, so I’m glad I read it.
2. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Kate Summerscale
The true story of the crime which inspired the first detective novel (The Moonstone– see below). Meticulously researched, and packed with interesting facts and observations about Victorian life. Highly recommended.
3. The Moonstone– Wilkie Collins
The first ever detective novel. Slow in places, but tightly plotted. Recommended.
4. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
Slightly silly story about a journey up the River Thames. Recommended to anyone who has a knowledge of the river.
5. The Seance– John Harwood
Mysterious Gothic Tale, packed with twists and turns. Recommended.
I have really enjoyed taking part in this challenge. All the books were worth reading, although I particularly recommend The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher.
This is the first challenge I have ever completed, so I’m pleased I enjoyed it so much. I look forward to taking part in it again next year.