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Reading Through The Decades Challenge


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**UPDATE: October 12, 2007 – I completed this challenge!! My favorite read of the challenge was East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. My least favorite was For Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. This was a fabulous challenge that gave me a flavor of the decades from which I was reading. I plan to participate in Michelle’s Decades Challenge in 2008 too!!

Michelle over at 3M’s Booklist has come up with a new challenge…read 15 books in 15 consequetive decades over the course of 2007. She’s being liberal with the rules. You can pick less than 15 books and you can overlap challenges. Oh, and there is a prize too (a book of your choosing from Amazon.com that is priced $15.00 or less…the more books you chose, the more chances you have to win). You have until June 30, 2007 to sign up for this one…so make haste!

UPDATE April 6, 2007: I just realized that I am currently reading a book published in 1940, so I have added this one to my list to make 7 books. I don’t have to buy any (phew!) and some of them meet other challenges. So, here goes:

1940sFor Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway (completed 4/7/2007 – read a review here)
1950sEast of Eden, by John Steinbeck (completed 10/12/2007 – read a review here)
1960sTo Kill a Mockingbird, by Lee Harper (completed 3/21/2007 – read a review here)
1970s Terms of Endearment, by Larry McMurtry (completed 5/26/2007 – read a review here)
1980sDinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler (completed 6/23/2007 – read a review here)
1990sEast of the Mountains, by David Gutterson (completed 10/1/2007 – read a review here)
2000sLost Geography, by Charlotte Bacon (completed 8/25/2007 – read a review here.)

To Read participant reviews of books read for this challenge go here.

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 3, 2007    

    I’m so glad you’re participating, Wendy!
    3M

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 18, 2007    

    We can’t resist can we? These challenges are like magnets! I have all but one of the books I selected for this challenge (and that was a hard one to find!) I told hubby it will only cost $5 if I buy it new and so there was a little less eye rolling when I told him I was joining yet another challenge. 🙂

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 18, 2007    

    LOL! Michelle is turning into the queen of the book challenges which I just CAN – NOT – RESIST! This one just sounds like so much fun. I chose books I already had so I’m being good with my bank account 🙂

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 19, 2007    

    I finally put up a button for this challenge, but you may use Joy’s as well. I have hers as an option on the challenge site.
    Can’t wait to see what you think of To Kill a Mockingbird!

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 5, 2007    

    I have a place for reviews now at the top of the challenge site.
    http://15books15decades.blogspot.com/2007/04/post-completed-book-comments-here.html

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 27, 2007    

    Yeah! It looks like you are almost done with this one Wendy. I am having troubles getting motivated to finish this one. I am missing 1970 (which if I read it will quit there), but I still need 1910-1940, which I really don’t want to read. 🙂 Luckily I have until December, so I may just take a break from this one for a little bit longer…

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 28, 2007    

    I’m eager to finish some of these challenges and start new ones! Sometimes taking a little break helps re-motivate you, Trish. Hang in there – you’ll get it done!

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