Category Archive: Victorian

Throwback Thursday: Charles Dickens, Spy Novelist

This post was originally published on January 12, 2012. Reading Dickens pleases my husband.  He has no idea that the first line of A Tale of Two Cities is, “It was the best… Continue reading

Contrivance in Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd

My favorite part of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), number 47 on the BBC book list, is when the maltster at the local pub tells Gabriel Oak that despite the… Continue reading

Deception in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

How do I explain Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) by Thomas Hardy and number 12 on the BBC book list? It is one of those awful (in a lovely way) novels that I… Continue reading

Yawning through Sense and Sensibility

I think I’ve passed the age at which I can enjoy Jane Austen.  I finished reading Sense and Sensibility (1811) and number 54 on the BBC book list, but I didn’t really care… Continue reading

The One True Vampire Novel

I love Dracula (1897), number 72 on the BBC book list, by Bram Stoker.  It is one of my favorite books, and I have read it several times.  And I would read it… Continue reading

Ideal Women of Literature: Attainable Beauty

There’s a reason why I’d rather read a book than look at a fashion magazine.  In case you didn’t know, the women in fashion magazines aren’t real.  I know.  Newsflash!  I cannot compete… Continue reading

I’m a Sucker for Victorian Novels: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) is one of my new favorite books.  It is my first taste of Anne Brontë, and I have to say that I am hooked.  In the past… Continue reading

Nobody Likes a Know-It-All

The Today Show recently fired Ann Curry from the top female anchor position.  Ever since she got the coveted job, she had been affected and stiff.  Her wardrobe had gone from normal to… Continue reading

The Best Quotes from Middlemarch

This is the third and final installment of my thoughts for Middlemarch Week.  If you missed post one, A Preview of Middlemarch, click here.  If you missed post two, George Eliot on Marriage,… Continue reading

George Eliot on Marriage, Human Nature, Money, Politics, Religion, Feminism, and Gossip in Middlemarch

Well, that title is quite a mouthful.  I should’ve just said that George Eliot covers just about everything in her 800-page novel Middlemarch (1874), number 20 on the BBC book list.  I decided… Continue reading