It’s October (almost)! Which means it’s spooky season! It also means it’s Victorian October in some corners of the internet so I think I’ll be joining in. I’m in a very classical mood, and honestly by chance I realized I’m already reading some things that would fit into the read-a-thon. I’m not really looking at the challenges, but more looking at reading just some good classical, Victorian goodies. The readathon is hosted by some lovely ladies on Booktube: Beyond the Pages, Books and Things, Kate Howe, LucytheReader
As always I have to say I am bad at TBRs so this is a rough guide of ‘things I have that I might read’. MBR? A Might Be Read? Yeah, sure. It’s a Victober MBR. There we go. And as always there is a video if you’d rather listen than read, the link is in the sidebar.
First off, I am already reading through Frankenstein’s Dreams which is a collection of Victorian Science Fiction because that period is when SF was born. I’m loving it and since I realized this read-a-thon was a thing I kind of put it on hold to finish in October. I have also acquired the Phantom Coach and Dracula’s Guests, which are the ghost and vampire anthology versions, by the same editor. So I am have plenty of fascinating short story anthologies to read.
As far as short stories, I also have quite a few free-standing ones by Elizabeth Gaskill. I have The Gray Woman and Other Tales, My Lady Ludlow, The Poor Clare, and Lois the Witch. I also have a collection The Open Door, and the Portrait: Stories of the Seen and Unseen by Mrs. Margaret Oliphant which I believe is a collection of spooky Victorian stories. Also by Margaret Oliphant I have The Chronicles of Carlingford. And last of the kindle books (I got almost all of these for free) I also have Caxton’s Book: A Collection of Essays, Poems, Tales, and Sketches by W.H. Rhodes. Most of these, like I mentioned, were free on Kindle and I grabbed because of that after watching the recommendation videos from the lovely Victober hosts. I will not get to all of these but I’d like to at least read the short stories!
I picked up my own copy of Miss Marjoribanks by Margaret Oliphant to read with the read-a-long group as well! I have a large amount of physical books I could pick from for this read-a-thon, so I’m not going to bother listing those. I do have a non-fiction book I’ll be making a point to read though! It came in with perfect timing at the library The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders. It is a chunker so I think I’ll start this one October 1st so I can be sure to finish it before the month is up! I also may pick up Silas Marner and Sherlock Holmes. I have so many choices. I’ll try and update this as I change my mind!
Who else is reading some Victorian literature for this month? Anyone? I’m pretty excited!