2008 Decades Challenge

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

NOVEMBER 8, 2008: UPDATE – I have completed this challenge! The eight consecutive decades from which I read spanned 1920s to 1990s. I also read books from these decades: 1850 and 1860. This was a fun challenge. Thanks to Michelle for hosting!


Michelle is hosting the Decades Challenge again … this time for 2008. She’s changed the rules slightly:

1. Read a minimum of 8 books in 8 consecutive decades.
2. Books published in the 2000’s do not count.
3. Titles may be cross posted (you know I LOVE that!!)
4. You may change your list at any time.

She’s dedicating a new blog to this challenge: Decades ’08

Of course, I can’t resist. I’ve decided to make a list of books to choose from in each decade (Decades bolded in red are complete):

1800’s or Earlier

(1720’s) – Moll Flanders, by Daniel DeFoe
(1800’s)Castle Rackrent, by Marie Edgeworth


Emma, by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen


Melmoth the Wanderer, by Charles Robert Maturin
The Monastery, by Sir Walter Scott
The Pirate, by Sir Walter Scott
The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper


Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens


A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens


A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
Oblomov, by Ivan Goncharov
Home of the Gentry, by Ivan Turgenev
(Completed June 19, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review)


The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens – Completed January 25, 2008; rated 3/5; read my review.
Consuelo, by George Sand
Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (new translation)



The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky


The Awakening, by Kate Chopin


House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton


Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maughan
The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton
Summer, by Edith Wharton
The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington
Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust


The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
Giants in the Earth, by O.E. Rolvaag
So Big, by Edna Ferber
– Completed January 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review


Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier – Completed November 7, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review
My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne Du Maurier


Embers, by Sandor Marai -Completed March 30, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
The Power and The Glory, by Graham Greene
Independent People, by Halldor Laxness -Completed May 5, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
The Women of Rome, by Albert Moravia


Gift From The Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh – Completed October 28, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review
The Cairo Trilogy, by Naguib Mahfouz


A Garden of Earthly Delights, by Joyce Carol Oates – COMPLETED September 22, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review


Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Moving On, by Larry McMurtry
The Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Monroe
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner – Completed April 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review


Paradise of the Blind, by Duong Thu Huong
Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood Completed February 29, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett


The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver – Completed July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review
She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
Stones From the River, by Ursula Hegi
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
The Giver, by Lois LowryCompleted January 1, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review
Ship Fever, by Andrea Barrett
Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth

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    • Anonymous on October 8, 2007 at 06:54

    Great list of ideas! I only had one choice for the 1910’s, so your list was helpful. I think I’m going to go with Summer. Thanks! 🙂

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2007 at 18:20

    I think I’ll be reading that one too, Joy 🙂

    • 3m on November 8, 2008 at 12:56

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

    • Wendy on November 8, 2008 at 14:35

    Thanks, Michelle!

    • Teddy on November 9, 2008 at 22:27

    Congrats of finishing the challenge!

    • Wendy on November 10, 2008 at 20:59

    Thanks, Teddy 🙂

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