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2016 Challenge prompts > A book at least more than 100 years older than you

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message 1: by Juanita (new)

Juanita (juanitav) | 723 comments Don't you love it when picking a book requires math? Note another twist on the 2015 prompt, which was "a book at least 100 years old."


message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan (mghrt06) | 540 comments A tough one for sure - I think I'm going to go with Carmilla published in 1871 which makes it 116 years older than me if my math is correct.


message 3: by Christophe (new)

Christophe Bonnet | 212 comments I'll probably try to find a book that's *exactly* 100 years older than me. Not that easy to find exact publication dates, though, down to the month and day!


message 4: by Wendy (new)

Wendy | 32 comments Anything Jane Austen is a safe bet for this prompt!


message 5: by Tara (new)

Tara Bates | 1008 comments Unless you were born before 1917 lol


message 6: by Nadine in NY (last edited Dec 13, 2015 06:31AM) (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 6333 comments Mod
I think I'll read The Woman in White for this, but I've got a few other ideas on my list:
Ivanhoe,
The Count of Monte Cristo,
North and South,
Madame Bovary


message 7: by Marisa (new)

Marisa Bisaccia [book whisperer] | 194 comments Nadine wrote: "I think I'll read The Woman in White for this, but I've got a few other ideas on my list:
Ivanhoe,
The Count of Monte Cristo,
North and South,
[..."


I do want to read The Count of Monte Cristo but, my fear is that it is 1,200 pages and with this challenge I may not have time to finish it.


message 8: by Monica (new)

Monica (booksarelove) | 113 comments It's funny that you mention Jane Austen, Wendy, because I had already decided to read Sense and Sensibility.


message 9: by Elke (new)

Elke Sisco | 33 comments I am going to revisit Anthony Trollope, a British writer (1815-1882)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony...

He was a very prolific writer, and apparently as popular as Dickens in his time. I read a couple of his novels (the Eustace Diamonds was my start), and was pleasantly surprised at how sympathetically he wrote the female characters.

Oh, and I found Trollope in Jane Smiley's "13 Ways of Looking at the Novel", where she pondered what makes a novel, and read ... how many? I think 100 over 2 years, starting with the first book ever to be considered a novel, and working her way up to contemporary fiction. You'll surely find some good inspiration there. If you look at amazon's kindle listing, you can view the table of contents that lists the novel titles: http://www.amazon.com/13-Ways-Looking...


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Cohrad


message 11: by Kristy (new)

Kristy (kristy67) | 53 comments Little Women. I've never read it!


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily S (emcrypted) | 10 comments It's a bit short, but it was fun to read again. Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865!


message 13: by KLB (new)

KLB (klynnb) | 27 comments The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham


message 14: by Andrea (new)

Andrea (andreamazing) | 5 comments I'm reading the first Sherlock Holmes, originally published in 1887, 101 years before I graced the earth with my presence.


message 15: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 04, 2016 10:36PM) (new)

I read Persuasion by Jane Austen published in 1818.


message 16: by Andressa (new)

Andressa Pride and Prejudice. I've had this beautiful hardcover bilingual edition unread in my shelf for two years. I know, shame on me. Now it's the perfect time to finally reading it.


message 17: by Anja (new)

Anja Calabrese | 7 comments I read Effi Briest by Fontane ,published in 1894,great book!


message 18: by Leigha (new)

Leigha (leighas_life) I am going to read Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney published in 1881. I am reading this one because of a fond memory I have from my high school days. My English class in high school was going on a tour in MA. (A two week stay. We live in Indiana)

We took a tour of the house where the author of this book lived, a building called The Wayside. The tour guide was really into saying the title of the book over and over again, always doing these jabbing pointing gestures when he talked.

We visited a bunch of cool places for our literature class.

Long story short, that is why after many years, I am actually going to read the book, thanks to this challenge. We studied the books, but did not read them all cover to cover. End ramble.


message 19: by Christi (new)

Christi | 45 comments I listened to the audio version of Little Women Louisa May Alcott published in 1868 and 1869. I loved this book even more than I did as a child. Now I can appreciate how ahead of her time Alcott was.

(And no, I don't think Jo and Laurie should have married. That would have been a disaster. LOL!)


message 20: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) I just finished listening to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Frankenstein by Mary Shelley for this prompt.


message 21: by Mike (new)

Mike | 443 comments Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "I just finished listening to Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyFrankenstein by Mary Shelley for this prompt."

Quite a coincidence. I an on the last chapter of Frankenstein for this prompt and should finish today!


message 22: by Alex (new)

Alex | 27 comments I read Wuthering Heights (1847)! I'd always been meaning to read it, but I never really thought I had enough patience for the characters. ;P


message 23: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Mike wrote: "Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "I just finished listening to Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyFrankenstein by Mary Shelley for this prompt."

Quite ..."


One of my favorite books!


message 24: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 623 comments I managed to find one that is exactly 100 years older than me. I'm reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which is one of those classics that I've always kind of meant to read but never really bothered with.


message 25: by Judith (new)

Judith | 11 comments I read Hamlet while on holiday in Denmark. I thought that would count too.


message 26: by Wendy (new)

Wendy | 32 comments I was going to go with a Jane Austen, but now I'm debating between Frankenstein and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass.


message 27: by Kim (new)

Kim Erickson (madtroll) | 1 comments I'm finally ready Jane Eyre.


message 28: by Patricia (last edited May 21, 2016 07:54PM) (new)

Patricia Bergman (marshop) | 112 comments I've chosen The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli written in 1513.


message 29: by Jamie (new)

Jamie (jmarie84) | 19 comments I read Persuasion for this one. It was my first Jane Austen novel and I'm in love... I just downloaded all of her novels onto my kindle


message 30: by Monica (new)

Monica (mcosselman) The Woman in White

Suspenseful classic. Loved it!


message 31: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Monica wrote: "The Woman in White

Suspenseful classic. Loved it!"


I like that one too, but I prefer The Moonstone by the same author.


message 32: by Tiffani (new)

Tiffani Erickson (xxreddxx) | 12 comments I asked my mum and my boyfriend for a book 100 years older than me and they suggested the bible.


message 33: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 6333 comments Mod
Tiffani wrote: "I asked my mum and my boyfriend for a book 100 years older than me and they suggested the bible."

I think you can find something more recent than the bible.

Goodreads' Listopia is very handy, it lists best books from each decade. Here are the 1890s, you can also look at the other lists from each decade in the 1800s. A lot of great books to choose from:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...


message 34: by Riley (new)

Riley (rileyfickett) In the middle of my second attempt of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. For some reason this classic is hard for me, and I think it's the amount of characters that come in and out without any significantly distinguishable qualities. I tried reading the hard copy and tapped out around 100 pages, but this I'm participating in a Jane Austen themed book club and giving it another shot via Audiobook. It's been a bit easier for me to absorb this way but I'm still waiting for the story to really pull me in as it has for so many others.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


message 35: by Riley (new)

Riley (rileyfickett) Tiffani wrote: "I asked my mum and my boyfriend for a book 100 years older than me and they suggested the bible."

Haha! I mean... I guess they're not wrong? :P


message 36: by Katie (new)

Katie Schmoyer | 7 comments Planning to read A Christmas Carol.


message 37: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthais) Pride and Prejudice for me too! I enjoyed reading it, but I think it was a lot easier because I've watched the Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth adaptation so many times so it was a easy to navigate what was going on. If you struggle with the book, I'd definitely recommend watching that adaptaion - it's very faithful to the original text and IMHO is way better than the Keira Knightley film!


message 38: by Sara (last edited Sep 29, 2016 05:01AM) (new)

Sara (velocipedal) | 32 comments The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. It was alright, but I liked The Time Machine much better.


message 39: by Kim (new)

Kim Erickson (madtroll) | 1 comments Jane Eyre. I have to admit, I read this book because of reading the Jasper Fforde book, The Eyre Affair. Really enjoyed reading this novel.


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