My Victorian Summer in Review

I have not reviewed my past reading since the first of June, so bear with me as I review my reads. I really need to review periodically for my own sake. These posts are what prompt me to update my reviews database, for example. At any rate, I enjoyed my summer of Victorian literature and information about Victorian England. I’ve found I just want to keep reading Victorian — but maybe not quite so many at a time!

I read the following books for this project.

My least favorite was the Trollope (although even that had bits I liked). My favorites were Middlemarch and Great Expectations, both of which I intend to reread some day.

Finished Previously

These are the things I mentioned I’d finished back in my June post, but I had not written about yet.

Read This Summer

This list has all the non-Victorian books I’ve read since last June, with links where available. For those without links, I may or may not get to a post about them. It just depends on what I get to.

o   “Sealed Off”
o   “Love in a Fallen City”

o   “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol
o   “Princess Mary” (from A Hero for Our Time) by Mikhail Lermontov
o   “Oblomov’s Dream” (originally a short story, later included in the novel Oblomov) by Ivan Goncharov
o   Pushkin: Miscellaneous Poetry

  • Winne-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (160 pages; children’s fiction). A reread.
  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee (about 200 pages; nonfiction/memoir)
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (200 pages; fiction).  A reread.
  • Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (300 pages; Young Adult fiction)
  • Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose (485 pages; nonfiction/biography)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (182 pages; children’s fiction)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (270 pages; fiction)
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl (190 pages; children’s fiction)
  • Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (385 pages; YA fiction)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (370 pages; fiction)
  • Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Bushman (115 pages; nonfiction)
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (380 pages; YA fiction).
  • Haiku published by Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets (250 pages; poetry).
  • Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (320 pages; fiction)
  • Kitchen (and Moonlight Shadow) by Banana Yoshimoto (150 pages; fiction)
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (120 pages; fiction)
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (235 pages; children’s fiction). Read aloud to my toddler.
  • Awakening Children’s Minds by Laura Berk (250 pages; nonfiction).
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman (320 pages; fiction).
  • Seeing Past Z by Beth Kephart (200 pages; nonfiction/memoir).
  • Brigham Young: American Moses by Leonard Arrington (410 pages; nonfiction/biography).
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (about 60 pages; fiction/short story)
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (250 pages; fiction)
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (375 pages; children’s fiction)
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler (260 pages; fiction/fantasy)

And that’s all for now! My son and I have been busy working on our 1000 picture books project too, but I haven’t posted about it this summer. I’m also working on getting my new project in order. I’m excited.

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Can I say that I loved your project? And that picture. And the name of your project. I can imagine that reading only Victorian novels would get a bit much in the end, but it still seems such a worthwhile undertaking.

    1. Iris, you’ll note that I read tons of non-Victorian books this summer too — my focus, though, was Victorian, so yeah, it did feel like a bit much in the end. I loved it, but maybe more so in moderation!

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