Victober is a month-long readathon in October focusing on Victorian literature. The Victorian era spanned June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901, so any books published during that time in the UK and Ireland are welcome. The readathon is hosted by Ange, Kate, Katie, and Lucy on YouTube
- Ange’s challenge: Read a book by a Victorian female author (bonus: one that’s new to you)
- Kate’s challenge: Reread a Victorian book
- Katie’s challenge: Read a Victorian book under 250 pages and/or over 500 pages
- Lucy’s challenge: Read an underrated Victorian book from the same year as your favourite Victorian classic
- General challenge: Read by candlelight
Two of my favourite Oscar Wilde plays have been picked for the readalongs. I’m very familiar with them at this stage but I’ll likely join in since they’re so short.
“The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”– Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde, Oct 1st – 6th
Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest’s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day! – Goodreads
A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde, Oct 14th – 21st
Oscar Wilde’s audacious drama of social scandal centres around the revelation of Mrs Arbuthnot’s long-concealed secret. A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton’s country home, when it is announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed secretary to the sophisticated, witty Lord Illingworth. Gerald’s mother stands in the way of his appointment, but fears to tell him why, for who will believe Lord Illingworth to be a man of no importance? – Goodreads
I really want to read more than I managed last year. The readalong book, Wives and Daughters, was a bit of a tome and took me the whole month to read. I did enjoy it though.
For this year, I’m picking out a few books I’ve already read that I’ve been wanting to reread and two new ones.
Under 250 Pages
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll published 1865 I’ve wanted to read this for a long time now and I think a children’s book will make a nice change of pace for me.
I’m leaning towards Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy published 1874 or Dracula by Bram Stoker published 1897 for this one. I love both of these books but Dracula would work for my Halloween Soiree (more about that later) reading plan as well.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Gaskell isn’t new to me so I wouldn’t get the bonus point but I’ve been itching to reread this book. I simply adore it.
I want to read something by the Irish author J. Sheridan Le Fanu who wrote the vampire book Carmilla published 1872. He wrote mostly gothic and mystery novels. I don’t think any of his books fit the other reading challenges so I might just read one by candlelight.
I decided to skip Lucy’s challenge since I can’t think of a favourite Victorian novel. I may pick one during October we’ll just have to wait and see.