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!

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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

1810’s

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

1820’s

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

1830’s

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

1840’s

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

1850’s

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)

1860’s

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)

1870’s

1880’s

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

1890’s

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

1900’s

House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

1910’s

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

1920’s

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

1930’s

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

1940’s

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

1950’s

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

1960’s

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

1970’s

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

1980’s

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

1990’s

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

6 thoughts on “2008 Decades Challenge

  1. Anonymous

    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! 🙂

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