I am obsessed with Downton Abbey! As is most of Americans (Brian Williams did a segment on it so it must be true). I look forward to watching it each Sunday and the theme song is music to my ears (it is now my new ringtone on my cell) My mom and I force my dad to watch it (and I think he secretly enjoys it). Afterward my mom and I debate whether we liked Mary as a bitch or kind-hearted better, the unjustness of William and Matthew’s fate and whether the current Mrs. Bates will destroy not only Mr. Bates and Anna’s future together but also the Crawley name. I am in love. So when I saw a bookish Downton Abbey challenge I just about wet my pants with excitement.
Our Hostess says:
I am a big fan of the ITV series Downton Abbey and have been eagerly watching since it premiered on PBS last year. I decided to host a Downton Abbey reading challenge because of my own interest in the time period and I was inspired as well by the many articles listing Downton Abbey readalikes such as The House at Riverton or The American Heiress.
The goal of the Downton Abbey Reading Challenge is to read books that are related to Downton Abbey either by time period, characters, or subject.
Kitchen Maid: Read 1 book related to Downton Abbey
House Maid/Footman: Read 2-3 books related to Downton Abbey
Valet/Lady’s Maid: Read 4-5 books related to Downton Abbey
Butler/Housekeeper: Read 6-8 books related to Downton Abbey
Earl/Countess: Read 8-10 books related to Downton Abbey
Dowager Countess: Read 11+ books related to Downton Abbey
What kinds of books can you read?
- Victorian/Edwardian classics
set in the late 1800s (when Cora and other wealthy American heiresses
traveled to Britain and the Continent in search of titled but
- Fiction/Nonfiction set during the early 1900s when Downton Abbey takes place (up to 1919)
- Fiction/Nonfiction about heiresses or heirs
- Fiction/Nonfiction about the servant/master relationship
- Fiction/Nonfiction about the lives of servants or aristocrats
- Fiction/Nonfiction about events or topics mentioned in the series (The Boer Wars, the Titanic sinking, the fall of the Romanovs, WWI, women’s suffrage, the political upheaval in Ireland during that time, etc.)
There is an excellent list of Downton Abbey related books on Goodreads and you can also find suggestions through Project Downton (hosted by The Lit Bitch).
I am debating between being a servant or an aristocrat but for the moment I am compromising and being a housekeeper, despite O’Brian being a complete bitch.