Friday Reads | 7th October

Well, it’s that time of the week again – Friday Reads! The time when I realise I haven’t done quite as much reading as I would like in these past few days and so I foolishly try to claim I’m going to make up for it by reading, reading, reading this weekend. I inevitably won’t but, hey, good intentions are the best kind of intentions. Or so I hear.

This weekend will mostly be filled with furniture… by which I mean my IKEA order finally arrives today (hopefully anyway) so tonight/tomorrow could well be spent trying to dutifully follow along flat pack instructions before throwing them away, trying in vain to freestyle it, before realising confusing instructions are actually the best way forward. So, there’s some reading comprehension happening there. But aside from that? Well, audiobooks might well be the way to go.

I realised this week, whilst standing uncomfortably on a train, wedged against the person stood next to me, that I wasted a lot of potential reading time every single day. My walk to the train station is about 10 minutes, my standing journey on the train is about 20 minutes, and I then walk a further 20 minutes to work. That’s 50 minutes each way, 1 hour 40 minutes each day, Monday to Friday – easily enough time to shift through audiobooks, especially if I listen to them at faster than 1x speed. (Although I do tend to only go for 1.5x speed though, otherwise I get way too on edge because the sped up narration makes me feel like every book is a high octane thriller!) So I’ve finally reopened the abandoned Audible app on my phone and started listening to some books I’ve really been meaning to get to, mainly:

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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…

Challenges

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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