Bookish Discussions




#Victober is back, and for the first time ever I’m able to join in!

It’s quite convenient really; I’m studying for an Masters in Victorian Lit, so not only can I conquer some of my reading list, but I can also discover new books from my favourite period!

The aim of #Victober is to read some Victorian literature; that’s all. It’s a month that celebrates all forms of writing from 1837 to 1901. It can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, newspapers or magazine, whatever you wish. The hosts have set their own challenges, and there’ll be a huge read along of Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters throughout the month. Due to semester one reading, I won’t be able to complete all the challenges. If you want to find out more about the challenges though, here are the announcement videos: Katie | Lucy | Ange | Kate.

Here’s my TBR…

H.G Wells’ The War of the Worlds (1898)

Conveniently, this fits perfectly with Kate’s challenge of reading a book from either the first or last ten years of the Victorian period. I desperately want to read this novella, and it’s come up on my Victorian Fears, Fantasies and Fairy Tales module. I’m already quite familiar with this story; the 1978 musical CD would frequent road trips with my dad.

A cylinder from space lands in south-west London, and naïve locals approach it armed with a white flag – only to be instantly incinerated by an all-destroying heat-ray, as tentacled Martians emerge. Soon the whole of humanity is under threat, as the invaders build gigantic killing machines that chase and feast on human prey (PEL). I wasn’t keen on the last Wells novel I read, so I’m hoping this’ll surprise me!

Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)

Required reading for my Society & Sympathy modules, but I’ve been meaning to re-read it for a while now. It was the first book in a long time that truly captivated me, so hopefully it’ll produce the same effect again. This ties in nicely with all the hosts’ challenges except Lucy’s, so I’m already winning Victober with this read. I’ll also watch the 2008 BBC TV adaptation to fit with the general challenge!

Its heroine is a poor country girl, Tess, whose encounter with her distant aristocratic relatives leaves her broken and haunted by a secret that could ruin her. Angel Clare offers her salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past, or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future (PEL).

Richard Marsh’s The Beetle (1897)

The Beetle: yet another book that covers Kate’s challenge. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It sounds really interesting, but it also sounds like one of those books I don’t usually enjoy. Either way, I’ve been asked to read it for my Victorian Fears, Fantasies and Fairy Tales module, so I’m going to give it a go…

Eminent politician Paul Lessingham is the toast of Westminster, but when ‘the Beetle’ arrives from Egypt to hunt him down, the dark and gruesome secret that haunts him is dragged into the light. Bent on revenge for a crime committed against the disciples of an Egyptian goddess, the Beetle terrorizes its victims and will stop at nothing until it has satisfaction (PEL).

Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret (1862)

This is a suggested reading for the week I study Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, so I think this is the perfect opportunity. It’s often deemed the best Victorian sensation novel, and it does sound thrilling!

In this outlandish, outrageous triumph of Scandal fiction, a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor: young, beautiful – and very mysterious. Why does she behave so strangely? What, exactly, is the dark secret this seductive outsider carries with her? (PEL).

…and that’s it! These are the books I’m hoping I’ll get to in October. I know I haven’t included Lucy’s challenge, but I’ve been asked to read a poem by Emily Brontë so that should cover it!

I’m super excited to finally take part in this challenge; I’ve always watched it from the side-lines. I’ll be updating you once a week on my progress, and will hopefully be inspired to write some new and interesting posts!

Are you taking part in #VICTOBER2018? What does your TBR consist of? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading, Lauren X

5 thoughts on “#VICTOBER2018 TBR:

  1. I am beyond excited about Victober! I’m planning on reading The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde and Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, fingers crossed I’ll get to them all. I’m quite curious to know your thoughts on The War of the Worlds, I really want to get to H.G. Wells’ works at some point, but I don’t really know where to start…


  2. I’d planned to take part in Victober but my reading in Sep fell behind and life has been crazy busy. Now I’m just watching everyone get into it from the sides. 😀

    I hope you enjoy The War of the Worlds. I read it earlier this year and it was such a pleasant surprise. I don’t think I expected to enjoy it as much as I did.

    Also love Hardy but haven’t read Tess yet so I hope that’s another winner for you.


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