Sunday, March 18, 2007

Reading Through the Decades: A Century of Books

Image created by Joy from Thoughts of Joy.

Carrie K was kind enough to point out that I completely overlooked 3M's Reading Through the Decades Challenge, which spans over the course of the year. The participant choses the number of books he or she will read, and the only catch is that the books selected fall within consecutive decades. The order the books are read in is completely up to the participant. For the rules and details, visit 3M's 15 Books/15 Decades blog.

A Century of Books
1900's - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (1902) [completed 07/09/2007]
1910's - The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley (1919) [completed 12/22/2007]
1920's - Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayer (1923) [completed: 02/02/2007]
1930's - The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1930) [completed: 02/18/2007]
1940's - In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes (1947) [completed: 12/21/2007]
1950's - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953) [completed: 01/13/2007]
1960's - A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968) [completed: 04/07/2007]
1970's - Sula by Toni Morrison (1973) [completed: 06/26/2007]
1980's - Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock (1984) [completed: 05/04/2007]
1990's - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996) [completed: 08/25/2007]
2000's - The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (2005) [completed: 03/10/2007]


  1. LOL :)

    I was having trouble getting a 1900's choice. I ended up with 3M's selection, but I recognize your choice title. I'm going to look into that a little more.

    At least this one we can add titles that we've already read! Phew!

  2. Joy - That was my biggest struggle too. I was relieved to see we could count books we'd already read this year. Whew! I was telling my husband last night that at the rate I'm going, I'll be making lists of books for challenging and not reading any books! LOL

    3M - Thank you for hosting the challenge!

  3. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog this morning, WendyCat! Glad to see you are up for just ONE MORE challenge *giggles*. I like your list. I've read Into The Wild and liked it (Krakauer is a wonderful writer and if you like this one, check out Into Thin Air which is about Everest...great book!).

  4. Was it kindness on my part? I'll never tell! lol. I've already read my 1900 choice - The Secret Garden! I've been going back over my Read in 07 list and putting the pub dates on them.

    It's very annoying of publishers to use their pub date and not the original one.

    I love the sleepy kitty face!

  5. Wendy - One more. Maybe Carl's Fantasy Challenge too. I don't know. I'm in over my head but I'm having so much fun with all these challenges.

    Several of the books I chose for this challenge are ones I'm reading for other challenges (like Into the Wild), and so I figured they were safe bets.

    Carrie - I like to think you were giving me a friendly reminder. LOL I completely forgot about the Secret Garden. It's been ages since I read that one. Good choice!

    I agree about the publishing dates - sometimes they make it so hard to find the original dates.

  6. I read Into the Wild last year about this time and really enjoyed it - I hope you do, too!

    The Haunted Bookshop (and its sequel) is another one that has been languishing on my TBR shelf for far too long ...

    As for publishing dates, I saw another blogger participating in this challenge mention wikipedia, so you may want to check there.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  7. Hi, Lesley. So nice to "see" you again! Into the Wild was sort of an add on when I initially started putting all the possible titles together, but I got such a huge response about the author's books that I had to add Into the Wild to the final cut. It's size adds to the appeal, I must admit. :-)

    I had such a hard time finding a copy of The Haunted Bookshop, but I just had to have it after my friend Cathy recommended it. Now I'm finally going to read it.

    Wikipedia was a big help when looking for that 1900 book, although I found the list incomplete. Hopefully in time the list of books and authors will grow as people enter in the information.

  8. I have a place for reviews now at the top of the challenge site. It's not required, though!


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