Victorian October #victober | My TBR


Throughout October a readathon is happening called Victorian October or #victober if you’d like to use the catchy hashtag. Much like Ronseal, it does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a readathon in which people will be reading works of literature from the Victorian period. By Victorian we are meaning works written between 1837 and 1901, and primarily by British and Irish authors or those who lived in Britain in that time. Quite foolishly, I am deciding late in the game to join in with this little event.

I first heard of this readathon from Katie from Books and Things’ video announcing the readathon back at the start of September and I did scribble down something in my calendar then, a note which I promptly forgot until right this second! The hosts are the aforementioned Katie from Books and ThingsAgne from Beyond the PagesAlysia from exlibrisYamini from TheSkepticalReader and Kate Howe, a group of lovely ladies whose videos you should definitely go and check out, particularly if you do enjoy Victorian literature.

So, after scrambling around my still packed boxes of books (there are a lot of them, in my defence), I have put together a tentative TBR for this month’s reading, aided by the challenges set by the readathon hosts. I’ve kept my list fairly short and low-key, simply because I would like to have the time to also read other non-Victorian novels that I have already committed to reading in October. So, let’s see how ambitious I am being…


1. Read a Victorian novel in a week
2. Read a Victorian Gothic novel
3. Read a Victorian novel by a female author
4. Read a work of Victorian literature that isn’t a novel (i.e. non-fiction, poetry, plays)
5. Read a Victorian novel that has a plot or scheme afoot

I love these challenges – particularly number 5! – but I will be probably doubling up on some of them, simply because, as I said, I have a lot of things to get round to over the course of the next few weeks. My tentative TBR pile looks a little like this…

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – challenge 4
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens – challenge 1/2
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – challenge 3
Sherlock Holmes stories (A Study in Scarlet or Adventures of Sherlock Holmesby Arthur Conan Doyle – challenge 4/5

That was my hopeful TBR for #victober.
Are you also participating in Victorian October this month?
If not, do you enjoy Victorian literature?
Comment below, I’d love to chat all things Victorian!

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11 responses to “Victorian October #victober | My TBR”

  1. […] Last time I tried to participate in Victober it was an abysmal effort, to say the least, and I don’t think I completed a single challenge/book. Mainly because I was much too optimistic about what I would read in the space of a month when there were also plenty of other books I wanted to get to. This year I’ve tried to really curate which books are on my TBR and to realistically think which books I will actually be in the mood for – I think I’m giving myself a better chance this year. The books I’ve chosen are: […]


  2. I wish I’d known about this sooner! It sounds amazing. Unfortunately I’ve got books coming out of my ears this month so I can’t take part :-( I must remember it for next year though.


    • I saw it at the start of September then promptly forgot about it until another video about it popped up in my subscription box on YouTube – same, though, I have way too many books to read this month and yet I’ve still decided to give this a go. Foolhardy? Probably. :P

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    • I know the struggle! I have so many fantasy series to continue/finish and there have been so many new releases in September and October. I knew that if I didn’t make time for some of these books now though, I probably never would. :P

      Thanks, I’m sure I will! I’ve read a couple of the novels and some of the short stories in the ‘Adventures’ collection before but I do love me some Sherlock Holmes so I seemed due a re-read.


  3. I’m not sure I’ll be participating this month, but I do love Victorian literature! The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of my favorites :)


    • I remember really enjoying my Victorian literature class at university so I really ought to have read more than I actually have. :P What I have read, I loved though – e.g. Gaskell’s North and South remains one of my favourite stories.

      I’ve just started reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – not much has happened so far but I’m intrigued all the same.

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      • It’s definitely a slow start, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story. It was actually one of the very first feminist novels, which I love! I loved my Victorian literature class, too, so I definitely need to read more. North and South is on my TBR, so hopefully I’ll get around to it soon!

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