Thoughts and other Miscellany

The Book Diet

The books to be read are: 

Jane Austen: Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion (I’ve already read Pride & Prejudice and Emma)

Anne Brontë: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre, Shirley

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights

Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend

Alexandre Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers

Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary

Thomas Hardy: Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure

Emmuska Orczy: The Scarlet Pimpernel

Robert Louis Stevenson: Kidnapped

Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels

William Thackeray: Vanity Fair

Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace, Anna Karenina

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Evelyn Waugh: A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall, Brideshead Revisited

Virginia Woolf: To The Lighthouse, Mrs Dalloway

That’s a daunting list. I’m going to have issues if I don’t like Dickens. I have to admit I am cheating slightly – I’ve read Tess of the D’Urbervilles before, and I’ve seen the films of Vanity Fair and Brideshead Revisited, but I couldn’t talk about the quality of writing of any of these books. So they’re on the list. (Also because I’m going to need a few “easy” weeks up my sleeve). I'll probably stick to this order unless I can't find a given book. 


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