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Victorian Bingo challenge

Well, like a true book nerd, I've been giving some thought over the last week or two to what kind of reading year I want 2015 to be. That kind of navel gazing is for another post but when I saw the following challenge advertised I realised it would fit very nicely with some of my thoughts and plans.

So here we go, this is The Victorian Bingo Challenge and it's being hosted by Becky at Becky's Book Reviews.


The first Bingo card is for 2015. The goal is to get a Bingo (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, four corners and center square). This will require a minimum of five books.

One book per square. For example: Oliver Twist can count for "Book with a name as the title" or "Charles Dickens" or "Book published 1837-1940" or "Book published in serial format" or "Book over 400 pages" or "Book that has been adapted into a movie" or "Book set in England." But obviously, it can only count once.

This is the bingo card:


(I have to say, I really love the category choices.)

More details:

1. Fiction or nonfiction.

2. Books, e-books, audio books all are fine.

3. Books and movies can be reviewed together or separately.

4. You can create a reading list if you want, but it's not a requirement.

5. If you do make a list, consider adding a list of five books you'd recommend to others

6. If possible try to try a new-to-you author! I know it can be really tempting to stick with familiar favorites.

7. Children's books published during these years should not be forgotten!

8. Rereads are definitely allowed if you have favorites!

9. A blog is not required, a review is not required, but, if you don't review please consider sharing what you read in a comment with one or two sentences of 'reaction' or 'response.'

10. For the 2015 challenge, any qualifying book FINISHED January through December 2015 counts. OR any qualifying book REVIEWED January through December 2015 counts.

Ok so those're the challenge details. A list is not required, especially in my case as I rarely keep to them *cough*. But I always like to take a photo of some of the books I *could* read so here... *drumroll*... it is:

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If I can get five of those off my tbr pile in 2015 I would be so chuffed with myself. I've not read any George Eliot or Amelia Edwards, so those would be my 'new-to-me' authors. I'll also be reading some more Anthony Trollope and have several on my Kindle to choose from. I will also give some thought to some children's books, possibly a reread of The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley which I read as a young teen and loved and am curious as to how I would react to it now. We'll see. Really looking forward to starting this challenge and thanks to Becky for hosting it.


I shall really look forward to your reads and reviews for this. And ooh, Wilkie Collins. I vastly prefer him to Dickens. And Woman in White is one of the classics. Moonstone is awesome too. But I had no idea about the railway book - whatever is that?

I have a proposal for a book you may find relevant here: any of the 'Was Heathcliff A Murderer?' series by - er - I think it's John Sutherland. He's an English lit type who specialised in this period (I think!) and who wrote a series of little essay articles subtitled something like 'puzzles in classic fiction'. What is the significance of Holmes apparently mis-addressing a character in The Speckled Band? Why does George Eliot pay particular attention to the seasons at the same time that a female character is uncharacteristically subdued, until a sudden cheerfulness? On what legal grounds was Fagin hanged? (Answers, as I recall them: strong suggestion of incest in the background; she may be pregnant and is counting time until a period; highly dodgy ones.) Some of them involve authors, if not books, on your TBR shelf.

I'm not sure where he'd fit: male author, your choice, collection (essays), um....

(I can lend you them if you want.)
Thank you, I hope I don't disappoint. *g*

The Woman in White is one of a few books that I can't remember whether or not I've read before. (Rebecca is another...) I feel that if I had read it I would remember. On the other hand I've just discovered that one of the short story books on the pile in my photo has been marked as 'read' on Goodreads... in 2007... and I have absolutely no recollection of it whatsoever. LOL!

I've had a quick look at John Sutherland books on Amazon. I'm very interested though I don't think they will do for this challenge as the books have to be written in Victorian times, not recent. *However* I reckon his books might make excellent background reading for the challenge. There seem to be several available, A Little History of Literature, Lives of the Novelists and so on. Would you recommend any particular one?

ETA: Sorry, I forgot to mention the Rambles book by Wilkie Collins. It's a record of his travels around Cornwall in 1850. I gather it's rather interesting.

Edited at 2014-11-12 11:03 am (UTC)
I've only read his collections of 'puzzles in classic fiction' essays. I haven't read the more heavyweight-looking ones, like those you mention. So I don't know about those!

I think the Heathcliff one is the one with the essay about the Speckled Band as well. I noticed the name (apparently incorrect) that Holmes uses for someone in that when I was a child and was very confused by it, and then couldn't find it again in a subsequent edition - I wonder if a publisher silently 'corrected' it?

There's a partial list of which essays are in which book at http://preferreading.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/professor-sutherlands-literary-puzzles.html - may be of help?
Brilliant. Thanks for that and the link. I shall investigate further and aim to get hold of a few of those next year perhaps.
Oh, this looks fun! I'm on a Victorian read right now, cos that's when my NaNoWriMo is set, so I might be Victorian-ed out by the time it's next year, but I'm quite tempted... *g* I've got as far as remembering there's a Science Fiction challenge in January, and looking forward to having books piled all over my house again in a few weeks (really all over, until I'm able to buy enough shelves... *g*) but that's as far as I've got so far. I must have a wander around the challenges and see what I fancy... *g*
Yes, I can understand you might get Victorian-ed out by next year. I'm just about vintage crimed out. Loved doing the challenge this year - read over 20 books - will be giving them a bit of a rest in 2015. ;-)

Yes, there's a sci fi challenge but last year Carl started it at the beginning of December rather than January. I'll let you know if he does that again as I shall be doing it myself.

This blog lists quite a lot of the challenges that are available. There's always a link in the post to take to you the person that's actually hosting it, although she does host a few herself. Just a case of checking the post carefully to see what's what.

Thanks for that blog - there's a few there that I might fancy, I think. Read it Again, Sam seems particularly likely, since I'll be getting my books out of storage at last - I could perhaps aim quite high on that one! *g*

And hmmn for the sci-fic challenge starting in December. I'm determined to read Christmas books in December - in fact there was a Christmas reading challenge I saw that I might join in, come to think of it. The Fifth Annual Christmas Spirit challenge, that's it! In which case my job this weekend is really to get my reading blog sorted again... *g*
That's a useful blog. I subscribe to it via the dashboard page of my blogspot book blog.

I don't do huge amounts of rereading but I know loads of people do so enjoy if you decide to go for it.

There's no reason you can't just do the sci-fi challenge in January. Carl's not at all strict about when or how many books or anything really. I don't usually read heaps for it as it's a busy time of year but try to read 3 or 4.

A Christmas challenge would be huge fun! Good luck with getting your reading blog sorted.
Sigh. I'll have to do this.
And you are. :-)