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!

Yours,

HOLLY

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37 thoughts on “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. https://franlaniado.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/i-wish-i-were-a-girl-again-half-savage-and-hardy-and-free/
    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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