Top Ten Tuesday: Oxford Reading List

Happy Tuesday!! As you read this post I’ll be spending my first day abroad in England as I move into my room at Mansfield College in Oxford. (!!!!) Since today’s TTT topic is about our fall TBR lists, I thought I would share the ten novels I was assigned to read for my English Literature 1830-1910 tutorial this fall. I read these books over the summer to prepare for the course and I can’t wait to work with these texts in the actual tutorial. Get ready for a heavy dose of Victorian literature!

What are your thoughts on these books? What books are on your fall TBR list? Let me know in the comments section below!



37 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Oxford Reading List”

  1. I’ve started Dracula a couple of months back but just couldn’t for the life of me get into it.. Even though I really want to read it, I keep postponing picking it back up. I really need to find the motivation to do exactly that, haha.
    I remember having read The Picture of Dorian Gray years back for school, but I just skimmed over it back then. I had to make some choices because of an overly swamped schedule and my literature reading had be be pushed back quite a lot.. I should definitely read it decently one of these days..

    Haven’t read any of the others though, but fun list nonetheless! 🙂

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  2. For the most part a great list! Wuthering Heights is one of my all time favorites precisely because I can’t find a comfortable place for it.
    North and South should be read more IMO. I know a lot of people know it via the miniseries (which is pretty well done, but it’s not the book) but Gaskell should be better known.
    The Woman in White is a lot of fun.
    Middlemarch is tough going initially but after a while I was drawn into it.
    Turn of the Screw can be tough but if you read some critiques and find a lens through which to read it, it’s helpful.
    Where Angels Fear to Tread is on my TBR

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    1. Turn of the Screw was probably the most challenging one for me to read, despite the fact that it’s only a novella. There are so many little details and everything is shrouded in uncertainty. I’m definitely looking forward to discussing it in my tutorial!

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  3. I look forward to your thoughts on the books you have been assigned. Some of my favorites are on your list. I read “Dracula” to my wife while she was in the hospital going into labor with our first child. At the time, she didn’t particularly appreciate it, but I thought it was great. Best wishes.

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  4. I had a couple of these assigned for my Victorian class in college, like Wuthering Heights. I had Heart of Darkness assigned for a different class…but I, uh…didn’t read it (shhhh). I also had to read Oliver Twist, Lady Audley’s Secret, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Study in Scarlet. I wish we had been assigned Dracula! That’s been on my tbr for ages.

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  5. I’m a mood reader, so though I try to stick to my monthly TBRs, a majority of the time I pretty much fail at it. But, I do know that I plan to reread The Night Circus this fall. And with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition coming out next month, I imagine I’ll reread it next month. Other than that I’ll read whatever sounds interesting at the time.

    Good luck with your classes at Oxford. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.

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  6. I wish I was taking your class! I loved Middlemarch, Dorian Gray, Woman in White, and North and South. I didn’t care for Turn of the Screw or Wuthering Heights though (hope you liked them more than I did). My favorite author is Hardy.

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  7. Wow! I want to take this class! Except I’ll pass on Heart of Darkness and Wuthering Heights, thank you very much. 😉 I’ve never managed to finish Wuthering Heights, actually, but I’m okay with that. Kind of like how I don’t mind admitting I haven’t read Moby Dick. There are too many other classics I WANT to read!

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