Thursday, October 4, 2007

UPDATE: Decades Challenge

I think I first met 3M through this challenge, and I thought it was such a neat idea. Read books published in consecutive decades. I called it 15books/15decades orginally, but I think I'm stopping at 13 decades, which is pretty good. I had Jane Eyre from the 1840s as well, but I really can't see getting the three missing decades read to meet up with Jane. I combined this one with other challenges, as Michelle allowed, and having the two Classics Challenges - January and summer- really helped me get through the early years.

2000s American Gods, Neil Gaiman (chunkster challenge)
1990s The Gun Seller, Hugh Laurie
1980s The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynn Reid Banks (Banned Book Challenge)
1970s Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
1960s A Wrinkle in Time, Madelaine L'Engle (classic challenge)
1950s Night, Elie Wiesel (Reading Across Borders Challenge)
1940s The Stranger, Albert Camus (Reading Across Borders Challenge)
1930s The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
1920s Partners in Crime, Agatha Christie
1910s O Pioneers!, Willa Cather (summer classics challenge)
1900s Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (summer classics challenge)
1890s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (top 50_books list, summer classics challenge)
1880s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (classic challenge)

What a great bunch of books I read for this challenge. The Picture of Dorian Gray would be my least favorite, but now I've read it and I am glad I got through it. I think I would prefer a biography of Wilde instead.

There were some great children's books, Newbery winners in fact, and some great mysteries, my default genre of books to read, and they are good even from the olden days.
Best book: American Gods and The Gun Seller
Thanks Michelle, see you next year.


  1. Congrats on finishing! I don't think many people will have more than 13, anyway!

    I really hope you participate next year, too.

  2. Congratulations on finishing, Marg! I wasn't too pleased with The Picture of Dorian Gray either. I read it last month for the Classics Challenge. I am glad I read it though. I still have two books to go for this challenge. I hope to finish it before the year is out.

  3. Way to go. I'm getting ideas from your list for the 2008 Challenge. You have some great titles here.

  4. How did I miss this post?! Congrats on completing the challenge. It's really been a fun one, hasn't it? I still have 2 more. I'm really NOT looking forward to The Magnificent Ambersons, but maybe it will surprise me.


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