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message 1: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Nov 24, 2015 02:14PM) (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
2016 Century Challenge Not for the Faint of Heart

The 2016 Women's Century Challenge is not for the faint of heart. As you read on the title for this challenge becomes apparent. It has been observed that men dominate the game of football whether played with round or oblong balls. A preponderance of the classics also appear to be dominated by male authors, especially the earlier classics. It has been further pointed out that a very small percentage of our group’s bookshelf is authored by women. So here is the challenge:

Read a book from 10 consecutive decades all authored by women. We’ll divide this challenge into two levels of difficulty. Level one may cause some tightness in your chest, while level two may require medication. You choose your comfort level no pressure, well maybe a little. Be sure to declare which level you are going to attempt.

LEVEL ONE: Read 10 books from any 10 consecutive decades (1 per decade) written by women authors. The authors can only be used once in the challenge. However, they can be authors you have previously read.

LEVEL TWO: Read 10 books from any 10 consecutive decades (1 per decade) written by women authors. The authors can only be used once in the challenge. All authors must be new to you, an author you have not previously read.

Challenge Example: (You're not limited to this format, be creative)

Level One Challenge
1860-1869 Sylvia's Lovers-*Elizabeth Gaskell, 1863
1870-1879 Black Beauty-Anna Sewell,1877
1880-1889 Jack and Jill-*Louisa May Alcott, 1880
1890-1899 The Awakening-Kate Chopin, 1899
1900-1909 The Tale of Peter Rabbit-Beatrix Potter, 1901
1910-1919 My Antonia-Willa Cather, 1818
1920-1929 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd-*Agatha Christie, 1926
1930-1939 Cold Comfort Farm-Stella Gibbons, 1932
1940-1949 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter-Carson McCullers, 1940
1950-1959 The Haunting of Hill House-*Shirley Jackson, 1959

*Authors I've read before

This challenge can be used with your other challenges. Books and authors selected here can be used to fill other challenge needs. The biggest benefit of this challenge beside the obvious is that it should result in an increased awareness of books written by women authors. Hopefully some of these books will end up being nominated for group reads. Which should result in more women authors finding a home on our group bookshelf.

NOTE: When posting advancements on your challenge, please copy and re-post your original selections with your changes or post the original message number so interested members can follow your progress.


message 2: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Mar 28, 2016 07:38AM) (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
Bob's Level Two Challenge 1880-1979

All new authors!

10/10 Complete
Completed on March 27, 2016


1880-1889 Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly, 1887-3/27/16, 3 Stars
1890-1899 The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin, 1899 2/28/16, 4 Stars
1900-1909 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, 1902-1/22/16, 3 Stars
1910-1919 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911-3/25/16, 3 .5 Stars
1920-1929 Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, 1927- 1/7/16, 4 Stars
1930-1939 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller, 1933-1/13/16, 5 Stars
1940-1949 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, 1940-2/26/16, 4 Stars
1950-1959 Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya, 1954, 2/15/16, 4 Stars
1960-1969 This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart, 1964, 3/17/16, 3 Stars
1970-1979 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, 1970- 1/17/16, 2 Stars


message 3: by Duane (new)

Duane (tduaneparkeryahoocom) | 296 comments Do we select the books ahead of time, as in the example above?


message 4: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
Yes, I set up discussion thread, but my plan is to preselect your books. However, as the year goes on there is no problem with changes.


message 5: by Teanka (last edited Jun 29, 2016 05:13AM) (new)

Teanka | 124 comments A great idea. Choosing the books is going to be a challenge already! Can we choose the decade(s) after 1999? And I hope that we don't need to read in the order of publication as long as we read books from 10 consecutive decades?

LEVEL TWO challenge
3/10 read


1910-1919 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1917)
1920-1929 To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)
1930-1939 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1931)
1940-1949 The King's General by Daphne du Maurier (1946)
1950-1959 Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (1951)
1960-1969 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960) 3 stars
1970-1979 The Female Man by Joanna Russ (1975)
1980-1989 The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper (1987)
1990-1999 Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich(1997) 5 stars
2000-2009 A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin (2009) 3 stars


message 6: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:28AM) (new)

I've had a quick look through the books already on my TBR shelf and I think I have the beginnings of a list.

My Reading List 1870s - 1960s - Level Two

Start Date: 1/1/16
Date Completed: 25/8/16


Completed: 10/10

* = New to me Author

*1870 - 1879 - What Katy Did - Susan Coolidge (1872) - 7/8/16
*1880 - 1889 - X Y Z: A Detective Story - Anna Katharine Green (1883) - 25/8/16
*1890 - 1899 - Red Pottage - Mary Cholmondeley (1899) - 11/6/16
*1900 - 1909 - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Wiggin (1903) - 17/4/16
*1910 - 1919 - Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter (1913) - 16/4/16
*1920 - 1929 - Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers (1923) - 2/1/16
*1930 - 1939 - Vintage Murder - Ngaio Marsh (1937) - 4/3/16
*1940 - 1949 - Finn Family Moomintroll - Tove Jansson (1948) - 3/2/16
*1950 - 1959 - Katherine - Anya Seton (1954) - 26/4/16
*1960 - 1969 - Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (1966) - 12/1/16

I might change some of these if I can find new authors for those decades, in which case I'll upgrade to level 2.

EDIT: Found new authors for the 1920s and 40s so upgrading to Level 2.


message 7: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Nov 23, 2015 08:41AM) (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
Teanka wrote: "A great idea. Choosing the books is going to be a challenge already! Can we choose the decade(s) after 1999? And I hope that we don't need to read in the order of publication as long as we read boo..."

Yes, but remember we as trying to interest in classic authors. No book selected in your challenge and liked by another member can be nominated for our Group Reading. As to order of reading, no rules, read them in any order you want.

2016 Women's Century Challenge Ideas, Questions & Discussion


message 8: by Tytti (new)

Tytti | 1092 comments Bob wrote: "No book selected in your challenge and liked by another member can be nominated for our Group Reading."

I don't understand this sentence... Surely you mean just books written after 1999?


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Is this the right place to put my list or are we supposed to set up our own individual threads like with the Old/New Challenge?


message 10: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Nov 23, 2015 08:59AM) (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
Tytti wrote: "Bob wrote: "No book selected in your challenge and liked by another member can be nominated for our Group Reading."

I don't understand this sentence... Surely you mean just books written after 1999?"


Sorry, No book selected in your challenge and liked by others members newer than 1999 will be eligible for Group Read nominations. That does not mean that a newer book liked by other can't be a buddy read. Newer books will still expose members to women authors they may not have read.


message 11: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
Caroline wrote: "Is this the right place to put my list or are we supposed to set up our own individual threads like with the Old/New Challenge?"

Yes, this is the listing thread. There are two threads one is for your challenge books list (this one) and one is for discussion and questions.


message 12: by Giulia (last edited Feb 16, 2016 08:52AM) (new)

Giulia (giuguatteri) | 24 comments I'm going to plan 1870-1970.


Giulia's LEVEL TWO Challenge 1870 - 1970
2/11 read

1870-1879 Little Men or Black Beauty or Middlemarch
1880-1889 Monsieur Venus: A Materialist Novel - Rachilde (1884)
1890-1899 The Awakening - Kate Chopin (1899) read: January 1, 2016
1900-1909 The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter (1901)
1910-1919 Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton (1911)
1920-1929 A Room of One's Own -Virginia Woolf (1929) read: February 16, 2016
1930-1939 Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (1937)
1940-1949 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith (1940)
1950-1959 The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson (1959)
1960-1969 To Kill a Mockingbird or The Bell Jar
1970-1979 Bridge to Terabithia or Interview with the Vampire or Tuck Everlasting


message 13: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
Giulia are you going to try Level One or Level Two?


message 14: by Julie (last edited Oct 22, 2016 05:23AM) (new)

Julie | 630 comments Women's Century Challenge

I'm going to go for the Level Two Challenge in the period 1910-2009

1910-1919: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather Read February 2016
1920-1929: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers Read January 2016
1930-1939: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons Read January 2016
1940-1949: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Read March 2016
1950-1959: Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya Read October 2016
1960-1969: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson Read January 2016
1970-1979: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty Read October 2016
1980-1989: Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler Read September 2016
1990-1999: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx Read August 2016
2000-2009: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Read August 2016

I'm really look forward to reading 10 new authors :-)


message 15: by Katy, New School Classics (last edited Nov 07, 2016 07:14PM) (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9189 comments Mod
Kathy's Level TWO Challenge

1870-1879: Black Beauty: Original and Unabridged by Anna Sewell, 1877 Read 1/1/2016
1880-1889: The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner, 1883 Read 2/2/2016
1890-1899: Gösta Berling's Saga by Selma Lagerlöf, 1891
1900-1909: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1903 Read 6/20/2016
1910-1919: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, 1911
1920-1929: So Big by Edna Ferber, 1924
1930-1939: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937 Read 11/7/2016
1940-1949: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, 1940
1950-1959: A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor, 1955
1960-1969: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, 1966


message 16: by Laurie (last edited Sep 23, 2016 08:19PM) (new)

Laurie | 1578 comments Laurie's Level Two Challenge

10/10 read

1880-89 Heidi by Johanna Spyri 1880 ✔ 1/2/16
1890-99 The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett 1896 ✔ 8/27/16
1900-09 The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy 1901 ✔ 9/7/16
1910-19 My Ántonia by Willa Cather 1918 ✔ 1/30/16
1920-29 So Big by Edna Ferber 1924 ✔ 7/30/16
1930-39 Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 1932 ✔ 4/9/16
1940-49 I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith 1948 ✔ 9/23/16
1950-59 The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing 1950 ✔ 6/18/16
1960-69 The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau 1964 ✔ 1/17/16
1970-79 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 1970 ✔ 3/31/16>


message 17: by Maarit (last edited Jul 18, 2016 10:52AM) (new)

Maarit | 285 comments Maarit's Level Two Challenge, 1890-1989

Completed 8/10

1890-1899 Haudantakaisia includes my choice, The Yellow Wall-Paper (Keltainen seinäpaperi) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1899) (Read 03/01/2016)
1900-1909 Selma Lagerlöf: Kootut teokset II (includes Aarne-herran rahat aka the Treasure, 1903) by Selma Lagerlöf (Read 20/03/2016)
1910-1919 Valitut teokset (includes Kun on tunteet, 1913) by Maria Jotuni Read 07/05/2016
1920-1929 Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (1926)
1930-1939 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (1935) (Read 09/03/2016)
1940-1949 Puu kasvaa Brooklynissa (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) by Betty Smith (1940)
1950-1959 The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955) (Read 30/03/2016)
1960-1969 Hyppy ajassa (A Wrinkle in Time) by Madeleine L'Engle (1962) (Read 23/01/2016)
1970-1979 Silta salaiseen maahan (Bridge to Terabithia) by Katherine Paterson (1977) (Read 07/03/2016)
1980-1989 Häivähdys purppuraa (The Color Purple) by Alice Walker (1982) (Read 18/07/2016)

Will change some editions later to match the ones I'm really reading.


message 18: by Pink (last edited Sep 12, 2016 03:23AM) (new)

Pink | 6556 comments Pink's Level One Challenge
* Authors are new to me

8/10 complete

1770-1779 Evelina by Fanny Burney 1778*
1780-1789 Mary A Fiction by Mary Wollstonecraft 1788
1790-1799 The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe 1794*
1800-1809 Belinda by Maria Edgeworth 1801*
1810-1819 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 1813
1820-1829 The Last Man by Mary Shelley 1826
1830-1839 Indiana by George Sand 1832*
1840-1849 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë 1848
1850-1859 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852* DNF
1860-1869 Silas Marner by George Eliot 1861


message 19: by Sam (last edited Oct 29, 2016 05:57AM) (new)

Sam (buchflimmern) | 302 comments Level One

1900-09 Am Verlobungstage by Auguste Groner read 01.10.
1910-19 Chronicles of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery read 30.08.
1920-29 Orlando by Virginia Woolf read 17.03.
1930-39 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell read 29.10.
1940-49 The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers read 18.09.
1950-59 Bonjour tristesse by Francoise Sagan read 20.04.
1960-69 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle read 08.02.
1970-79 Edith's Diary by Patricia Highsmith read 09.07.
1980-89 Geek Love by Katherine Dunn read 05.02.
1990-99 The Secret History by Donna Tartt read 23.02.


message 20: by Nathan (last edited Feb 08, 2016 05:59PM) (new)

Nathan | 421 comments Nathan's Level Two Challenge


1920s: Margery Williams - The Velveteen Rabbit (1922)
1930s: Ngaio Marsh - A Man Lay Dead (1934)
1940s: Carson McCullers - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)
1950s: Lorraine Hansberry - A Raisin in the Sun (1959)
1960s: Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook (1962)
1970s: Colleen McCullough - The Thorn Birds (1977) Read: Feb 8
1980s: Amy Tan - The Joy Luck Club: A Novel (1989)
1990s: Dorothy Allison - Bastard Out of Carolina (1992)
2000s: Marilynne Robinson - Gilead (2004)
2010s: Eowyn Ivey - The Snow Child (2012) Read: Jan 22


message 21: by Desertorum (last edited Sep 17, 2016 09:27AM) (new)

Desertorum Level Two Challenge


1850-59 Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (17.9.16)
1860-69 Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (17.3.16)
1870-79 Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (13.1.16)
1880-89 Heidi by Johanna Spyri (9.2.16)
1890-99 The Awakening by Kate Chopin (23.4.16)
1900-09 Mirdja by L.Onerva (15.3.16)
1910-19 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (4.3.16)
1920-29 Nuoren opettajattaren varaventtiili by Hilja Valtonen (21.2.16)
1930-39 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (4.2.16)
1940-49 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (23.6.16)


message 23: by Kris (last edited Jul 25, 2016 08:21PM) (new)

Kris (kmell33) | 103 comments I'm going to give this one a try. It's a great idea. I'm doing Level one. I have 2 rereads I want to get to and the rest are new-to-me authors.

Level One Challenge


1850-1859: Villette by Charlotte Brontë
1860-1869: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
✔1870-1879: Middlemarch by George Eliot - Finished 7/24/16
1880-1889: Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
1890-1899: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
1900-1909: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
✔1910-1919: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather - Finished 6/30/16
1920-1929: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
✔1930-1939: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - Finished 4/13/2016
1940-1949: Mariana by Monica Dickens


message 24: by Deirdre (last edited Nov 24, 2015 05:57PM) (new)

Deirdre (deirdrereid) | 10 comments Hello everyone. Here is my list. The 1880s were tough but I love the sound of the one I found on a Goodreads list.

2016 Women’s Century Challenge – Level One

1840-1849: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
1850-1859: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
1860-1869: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868-9)
1870-1879: Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871-2)
1880-1889: I Am the Most Interesting Book of All: The Diary of Marie Bashkirtseff, Vol. 1 (1887)
1890-1899: The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892)
1900-1909: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)
1910-1919: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (1913)
1920-1929: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)
1930-1939: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)


message 25: by Duane (last edited Oct 27, 2016 07:36AM) (new)

Duane (tduaneparkeryahoocom) | 296 comments My level one challenge will be all 20th century.

9/10

X 1900's: Claudine And Annie by Colette. 1903. Completed 5/20/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1622652919
1910's: Night and Day by Virginia Woolf. 1919
X 1920's: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos. 1925
Completed 2/8/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1470960231
X 1930's: Out of Africa by Karen Blixen. 1937. Completed 8/24/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/958141168
1940's: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. 1947. Completed 10/27/16.
www.goodreads.com/review/show/1598302180
X 1950's: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. 1951. Completed 5/4/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/897842665
X 1960's: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. 1967. Completed 3/11/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1071086338
X 1970's: The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch. 1978. Completed 6/1/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1589964339
X 1980's: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. 1980. Completed 4/22/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1497620299
X 1990's: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. 1998. Completed 3/1/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1166164547

Level 2 challenge/all 20th century

9/10

X 1900's: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy. 1905. Completed 9/8/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1668171421
X 1910's: The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse and Other Mouse Stories by Beatrix Potter. 1910. Completed 2/19/16. No review
X 1920's: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. 1922. Completed on 6/6/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1659911392
X 1930's: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. 1934. Completed 6/16/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1634992810
1940's: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. 1948
X 1950's: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. 1958. Completed 6/3/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1615252160
X 1960's: The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. 1960. Completed 5/9/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1633132085
X 1970's: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. 1975. Completed on 6/27/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1409514503
X 1980's: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit byJeanette Winterson. 1985. Completed 6/13/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1659981615
X 1990's: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. 1997. Completed 5/11/16. www.goodreads.com/review/show/1630555343


message 26: by Duane (new)

Duane (tduaneparkeryahoocom) | 296 comments Deirdre wrote: "Hello everyone. Here is my list. The 1880s were tough but I love the sound of the one I found on a Goodreads list.

2016 Women’s Century Challenge – Level One

1840-1849: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bro..."


Powerful list.


message 27: by Lesserknowngems (new)

Lesserknowngems | 103 comments I'm in. This is going to be fun.

1850 – 1859: 1850 – Mrs. Margaret OliphantMerkland: or, Self sacrifice
1860 – 1869: 1867 - Rhoda BroughtonCometh Up As a Flower
1870 – 1879: 1875 –Anna Louisa Geertruida Bosboom-ToussaintMajoor Frans
1880 – 1889: 1886 –Marie CorelliA Romance of Two Worlds
1890 – 1899: 1891 – Selma LagerlöfGösta Berling's Saga
1900 - 1909: 1902 – Auguste GronerThe Case of the Registered Letter
1910 – 1919: 1911 – Sigrid UndsetJenny
1920 - 1929: 1927 – Zofia NalkowskaChoucas
1930 – 1939: 1931 – Virgina WoolfThe Waves
1940 – 1949: 1941 – Daphne du MaurierFrenchman's Creek


message 28: by Sara, Old School Classics (last edited Sep 24, 2016 05:15PM) (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4570 comments Mod
Got my list together and decided to go more modern and Level 1:

*Authors I have read before
All books but one came from my TBR list.

1890-1899: 1896 The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
1900-1909: 1902 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
*1910-1919: 1917 Summer by Wharton Edith
*1920-1929: 1927 Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

*1930-1939: 1930 Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
1940-1949: 1942 West with the Night by Beryl Markham

1950-1959: 1953 Katherine by Anya Seton
1960-1969: 1966 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

*1970-1979: 1974 The Sea, the Sea Iris Murdoch
*1980-1989: 1983 The Woman in Black by Susan Hill


message 29: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4570 comments Mod
Giulia wrote: "Deirde, The Age of Innocence was published in 1920 as you wrote, it can't be used for the 1900-1909 decade.:)"

Giulia, do you realize you have Rudyard Kipling on your list? Not a woman.


message 30: by Duane (new)

Duane (tduaneparkeryahoocom) | 296 comments Giulia wrote: "Sara wrote: "Giulia wrote: "Deirde, The Age of Innocence was published in 1920 as you wrote, it can't be used for the 1900-1909 decade.:)"

Giulia, do you realize you have Rudyard Kipling on your l..."


I think Giovanni Verga is also a guy.


message 31: by Deirdre (new)

Deirdre (deirdrereid) | 10 comments Argh, I was moving books around and meant to include The House of Mirth (1905) by Edith Wharton, not that one. Thanks, Giulia, for letting me know. And thanks to the Edit option, I fixed my list.

I love seeing all these other book discoveries. Hoping I can complete my challenge and try Level 2. But first things first, I have my work cut out for me.


message 32: by Desertorum (new)

Desertorum Lesserknowngems wrote: "I'm in. This is going to be fun.

1850 – 1859: 1850 – Mrs. Margaret OliphantMerkland: or, Self sacrifice
1860 – 1869: 1867 - Rhoda Broughton – [b..."


You did include Lagerlöf and Undset on your list, nice! Havne´t read either of those books.


message 33: by Giulia (new)

Giulia (giuguatteri) | 24 comments Duane, thanks to you too. I know he is a guy, but when I did this I copied and pasted my list from a one I already had with women and men authors. When I was fixing it for this challenge, I probably forgot to change those two and I didn't control it.;)


message 34: by Lesserknowngems (new)

Lesserknowngems | 103 comments Desertorum wrote: "Lesserknowngems wrote: "I'm in. This is going to be fun.

1850 – 1859: 1850 – Mrs. Margaret OliphantMerkland: or, Self sacrifice
1860 – 1869: 1867 - [author:Rhod..."


Yeah. I'm going to read Kristin Lavransdatter as well. I don't know how and it is a bit embarrasing that I haven't read Undset yet since I'm from Norway (there was much more about the male writers like Ibsen in my education) so next year is an Undset year. But I hadn't heard of Lagerlöf at all which was great because she sounds wonderful. I love this club, I learn about new authors all the time ^^


message 35: by Desertorum (new)

Desertorum Lesserknowngems wrote: "Desertorum wrote: "Lesserknowngems wrote: "I'm in. This is going to be fun.

1850 – 1859: 1850 – Mrs. Margaret OliphantMerkland: or, Self sacrifice
1860 – 1869: ..."


Well, I´m from Finland and I have read embarrassingly little from my home country...funny that I can recommend something from Norway but not from Finland :)


message 36: by Lesserknowngems (last edited Dec 21, 2015 04:17AM) (new)

Lesserknowngems | 103 comments I have to make a change to my list since I remembered I have already read Daphne du Maurier before. So while I will still read her, I have chosen George Sand and The Devil's Pool to replace her. So my list is now,

1840 – 1849: 1846 – George Sand – The devil's pool
1850 – 1859: 1850 – Mrs. Margaret Oliphant – Merkland
1860 – 1869: 1867 - Rhoda Broughton – Cometh up as a flower
1870 – 1879: 1875 – Anna Louisa Geertruida Bosboom-Toussaint – Majoor Frans
1880 – 1889: 1886 – Marie Corelli – A romance of two worlds
1890 – 1899: 1891 – Selma Lagerlöf – Gösta Berlings saga
1900 - 1909: 1902 – Auguste Groner – The case of the registered letter
1910 – 1919: 1911 – Sigrid Undset - Jenny
1920 - 1929: 1920-1920 - Colette- Chéri
1930 – 1939: 1931 – Virgina Woolf – The waves


Desertorum wrote: "Lesserknowngems wrote: "Desertorum wrote: "Lesserknowngems wrote: "I'm in. This is going to be fun.

1850 – 1859: 1850 – Mrs. Margaret Oliphant –[book:Merkland: or, Self sacrifice..."


Absolutely, I wonder if that might be because there is so much talk about the local literature in school where they do everything to not make it fun and therefore we try and avoid it as grown ups. I know a lot my friends thinks it wierd that I still read and enjoy Ibsen since they only connect it to schoolwork.


message 37: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4779 comments Mod
UPDATE: repost of message #2

Bob's Level Two Challenge 1880-1979

All new authors

1880-1889 Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly, 1887
1890-1899 The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899
1900-1909 The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, 1902
1910-1919 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911
1920-1929 Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, 1927
1930-1939 Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, 1937
1940-1949 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, 1940
1950-1959 Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya, 1954
1960-1969 This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart, 1964
1970-1979 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, 1970

I'm trying to work this challenge and my (as yet un-posted) Bingo Challenge to work together.

1. So far I have all new authors, which ever book I read first fills the 'New-to-You-Author square.
2. Ten Days in a Mad-House, covers Published In The 1800's, Classic Non-fiction.
3. The Awakening, Published In the 1800's, Classic of the Americas
4. The Story of My Life, Classic Non-fiction, Classic of the Americas
5. The Secret Garden, Award Winner-Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, 1958, Children's Classic, past group read
6. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Award Winner-William Dean Howells Medal, 1930, Classic of the Americas
7. Out of Africa, Classic of Africa, past group read
8. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Classic of the Americas, for me she is a Georgia girl and I haven't read her work yet.
9. Nectar in a Sieve, Classic of Asia or Oceania
The Bluest Eye-Toni 10. Morrison, Nobel Laureate, Banned Book

As I work on this I may change a few books to better work with Bingo, its hard to change and keep the decades the same


message 38: by Nathan (new)

Nathan | 421 comments Bob wrote: "UPDATE: repost of message #2

Bob's Level Two Challenge 1880-1979

All new authors

1880-1889 Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly, 1887
1890-1899 [book:The Awaken..."


Great list! We have one in common for this challenge, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

I just finished The Awakening last week. I've also read The Secret Garden, Nectar in a Sieve and The Bluest Eye. I liked all of them.

Have fun reading!


message 39: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 1578 comments I read The Awakening two weeks ago and now I wish I could use it for my challenge. That decade turned out to be tough for me without The Awakening as a possibility. I chose Emily Dickinson poetry (ugh!!!), but I can use it for bingo too.


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Maarit | 285 comments Post updated on message 18, still need to fill a lot of gaps in it, though.


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Katy (kathy_h) | 9189 comments Mod
We have a great list of books here.


message 42: by Sarah (last edited Dec 08, 2015 07:13PM) (new)

Sarah I believe I have my list ready now. It will be a Level One challenge as I've read some authors before and two of the books are rereads.

1870: What Katy Did Pub 1872*
1880: Jo's Boys Pub 1880
1890: Seven Little Australians Pub 1894*
1900: Anne of Green Gables Pub 1908
1910: My Ántonia Pub 1918
1920: Kristin Lavransdatter Pub 1920*
1930: Out of Africa Pub 1937*
1940: The Diary of a Young Girl Pub 1947
1950: Strangers on a Train Pub 1950*
1960: We Have Always Lived in the Castle Pub 1962

*Authors are new to me.


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Sara (phantomswife) | 4570 comments Mod
Maureen wrote: "2016 Women's Century Challenge
January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
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Level: Two

1900's: The Story of My Life - Helen Keller
1910's: Summer - [author:E..."


Good choices. I have read 5,8,9 and 10 on your list and liked them all. Your first two are on my list as well, and the ones I have not read sound interesting.


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Lindy-Lane (moonbacklit) | 87 comments 0/10 READ

level one
*= authors read before


1900's: L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables [1908]
1910's: Willa Cather: My Ántonia [1918]
1920's: Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence [1920]
1930's: * Ngaio Marsh: Enter a Murderer [1935]
1940's: * Georgette Heyer: Penhallow [1942]
1950's: Mary Stewart: Nine Coaches Waiting [1958]
1960's: * Jean Plaidy: The Three Crowns: The Story of William and Mary [1965]
1970's: Dorothy Dunnett: Checkmate [1975]
1980's: *P.D. James: Devices and Desires [1989]
1990's: Susan Donnell: Pocahontas [1991]


message 46: by Amanda (last edited Jan 10, 2016 07:19AM) (new)

Amanda (tnbooklover) Level One Challenge


1860 Little Women (1868)
1870 Black Beauty (1877)
XX1880 10 Days in a Madhouse (1887)
1890 The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
1900 A Little Princess (1905)
1910 Ethan Frome (1911)
1920 To the Lighthouse (1927)
1930 Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
1940 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1940)
1950 The Haunting of Hill House (1959)


message 47: by Cosmic (last edited Feb 26, 2016 04:38PM) (new)

Cosmic Arcata | 123 comments I will be a Level One challenge as I've read three authors before and two of the books are rereads.

1851Villette Charlotte Brontë

Discussion. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

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https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

http://www.online-literature.com/foru...

Which reminds you of the Victorians preferring solid Wordsworth to exotic Byron, but Charlotte was a fan of both. In later years she mentioned Wordsworth more often. In the Romantic era, the opposite was true: Byron outsold Wordsworth. To like Byron was considered flashy, and to like Wordsworth was considered to have true taste. Both poets have survived, but Wordsworth has a better reputation. Also, consider that nowadays respectable old paintings tend to be either religious, allegorical and historical scenes with power, or landscapes. Pre-Raphaelites that focus mainly on sensuous women fare less well than pre-Raphaelites who depict emotional scenes from history or literature.)
http://thebriarfieldchronicles.blogsp...

1861Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlHarriet Jacobs


1877Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett


1886The Story of an African Farm Olive Schreiner

1899The Story of the Treasure Seekers E. Nesbit

1901Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Alice Hegan Rice

1910The Vagabond Colette
Or
1912 Pollyanna

1922Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf
1922 The Glimpses of the Moon Edith Wharton January

1936Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

1941Evil Under the Sun Agatha Christie

1956Imperial Woman Pearl S. Buck


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Have changed my challenge to level two - Message 6


message 49: by Julie (new)

Julie | 630 comments Caroline wrote: "Have changed my challenge to level two - Message 6"

Nice one :-)

I updated my challenge - Message 15 with my book selections :-)


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