Gaskell Reading Challenge

I know I said I would be signing up for as few challenges as possible in 2011, but when I came across this Elizabeth Gaskell challenge I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist it. I still haven’t read anything by Gaskell, apart from one of her short stories (The Manchester Marriage, which appeared in the book A House to Let), and I definitely want to read some of her novels next year.

The challenge is hosted by Gaskell Blog and you can sign up here. I need to read a minimum of two works between January and June 2011. Any recommendations? I’m thinking about North and South and Cranford.

12 thoughts on “Gaskell Reading Challenge

  1. Romance Movies says:

    I am just finishing up “Wives and Daughters” and its wonderful. There are many great characters, and the development of the characters through the story was really well-done. This is the only novel by Gaskell that I have read, but its enchanting and I will definitely be checking out her other works next year. I have heard very good things about “Cranford” as well. I look forward to reading your posts on Gaskell!

  2. Iris says:

    Definitely North and South if you haven’t read it yet. Behold my endless advocacy of that book. I did not know about this challenge, but this is absolutely one I cannot not do. I love Gaskell.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve heard so many good things about North and South I know I really need to read it as soon as possible. That’s the first one on my list, followed by Cranford and hopefully some of her other work if I enjoy those two!

  3. Veens says:

    I have North and South and plan to read it, but when is the question because of which I won’t join the challenge! Like you I have read short story by her and not any novel.

  4. Karenlibrarian says:

    I just loved Wives & Daughters. It’s long but I found it to be a fast read. I’ve also read Cranford and some of the related stories like My Lady Ludlow. I’m hoping to read more of the Gaskell on my to-read shelf so I may join you in this challenge!

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