Victorian Reading Challenge 2020

The Victorian Reading Challenge is hosted at Becky’s Book Reviews. Qualifying books, per the challenge rules are

a) books originally published between 1837 and 1901
b) books originally written (but not published) between 1837 and 1901
c) general nonfiction about the Victorian era (the times, the culture, the people, the events)
d) biographies of Victorians

I didn’t do terribly well on this in 2019 (1/20). For 2020, there are monthly themes, which I cannot resist.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY – JOURNEYS and TRAVELS: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (1895)

FEBRUARY/MARCH – LOVE and MARRIAGE: Devil’s Pool by George Sand (1846)

MARCH/APRIL – SECOND CHANCES: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)

APRIL/MAY – NAMES AS TITLES – Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)

MAY/JUNE – LONG TITLE OR LONG SUB-TITLES: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin (1859)

JUNE/JULY – ADAPTATIONS: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

JULY/AUGUST – FAVORITE AUTHORS, NEW-TO-ME BOOKS: Villette by Charlotte Brontë (1853)

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER – BACK TO SCHOOL: Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881)

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – CRIME OR TRUE CRIME: Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime by Claire Harman (2018 – this one falls under “nonfiction about the Victorian era”)

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER – HOME AND FAMILY: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER – COMFORT READS: (This will probably be something Sherlock Holmes.)

January Through December super-bonus – BEARDED VICTORIANS: