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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 11, 2019 04:20PM) (new)

Carrying on with my hope to read a book published in every year starting from 1800 to the present year. It may take me some time.


message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 11, 2019 04:26PM) (new)

Years Challenge - 1800s

1800:
1801:
1802:
1803:
1804:
1805:
1806:
1807:
1808: Faust: First Part 3 stars
1809:
1810:
1811:
1812:
1813: Pride and Prejudice 5 stars
1814: Mansfield Park 3 stars
1815: Emma 4 stars
1816
1817: Persuasion 5 stars
1818: Frankenstein 4 stars
1819
1820:
1821
1822
1823
1824
1825
1826:
1827
1828
1829
1830
1831:
1832
1833
1834
1835
1836
1837
1838: Oliver Twist 3 stars
1839
1840
1841
1842
1843: A Christmas Carol 5 stars
1844:
1845
1846
1847: Jane Eyre 5 stars
1848: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 4 stars
1849:
1850
1851:
1852:
1853: Bleak House 5 stars
1854
1855: North and South 4 stars
1856:
1857
1858
1859: A Tale of Two Cities 3 stars
1860:
1861: Silas Marner 4 stars
1862: Fathers and Sons 3 stars
1863: The Water Babies 3 stars
1864:
1865:
1866:
1867
1868: The Moonstone 5 stars
1869:
1870
1871:
1872:
1873: Around the World in Eighty Days 4 stars
1874:
1875
1876:
1877: Black Beauty 3 stars
1878:
1879
1880: Heidi 2 stars
1881
1882: Treasure Island 2 stars
1883: Pinocchio 4 stars
1884:
1885: King Solomon's Mines 4 stars
1886: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 4 stars
1887: 10 Days in a Madhouse 5 stars
1888
1889: Three Men in a Boat 4 stars
1890: The Picture of Dorian Gray 4 stars
1891:
1892: The Diary of a Nobody 4 stars
1893
1894: The Prisoner of Zenda 4 stars
1895: The Time Machine 3 stars
1896:
1897: Dracula 4 stars
1898: Elizabeth and Her German Garden 4 stars
1899: Heart of Darkness 4 stars


message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 11, 2019 04:19PM) (new)

Years Challenge - 1900s +

1900: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 4 stars
1901:
1902: The Hound of the Baskervilles 5 stars
1903: The Call of the Wild 2 stars
1904:
1905: The Scarlet Pimpernel 4 stars
1906:
1907: Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief 4 stars
1908: A Room with a View 4 stars
1909:
1910:
1911:
1912: The Lost World 4 stars
1913:
1914:
1915: The 39 Steps 3 stars
1916:
1917: Parnassus on Wheels 4 stars
1918: The Return of the Soldier 4 stars
1919: My Man Jeeves 4 stars
1920:
1921:
1922:
1923:
1924:
1925: The Great Gatsby 3 stars
1926:
1927:
1928:
1929:
1930:
1931
1932: Brave New World 4 stars
1933: High Rising 4 stars
1934: Murder on the Orient Express 5 stars
1935: Jamaica Inn 4 stars
1936:
1937: Their Eyes Were Watching God 5 stars
1938: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 3 stars
1939: And Then There Were None 5 stars
1940:
1941
1942:
1943: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 4 stars
1944:
1945: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 5 stars
1946
1947:
1948: I Capture the Castle 5 stars
1949: 1984 5 stars
1950:
1951: The Day of the Triffids 4 stars
1952:
1953: Fahrenheit 451 3 stars
1954: Katherine 4 stars
1955: The Lord of the Rings 5 stars
1956: The Incredible Shrinking Man 5 stars
1957: The Midwich Cuckoos 4 stars
1958: Our Man in Havana 4 stars
1959: The Haunting of Hill House 5 stars
1960: To Kill a Mockingbird 5 stars
1961:
1962: A Clockwork Orange 4 stars
1963: The Bell Jar 4 stars
1964: Dark Entries 4 stars
1965:
1966
1967: Rosemary's Baby 5 stars
1968
1969: Slaughterhouse-Five 4 stars
1970:
1971: The Exorcist 4 stars
1972: Watership Down 4 stars
1973: The Princess Bride 4 stars
1974: Carrie 4 stars
1975:
1976: Interview with the Vampire 4 stars
1977:
1978: The House Next Door 4 stars
1979: Kindred 5 stars
1980:
1981
1982: The Color Purple 5 stars
1983: The Woman in Black 5 stars
1984:
1985: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit 5 stars
1986:
1987: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 4 stars
1988: The Silence of the Lambs 5 stars
1989: The Joy Luck Club 5 stars
1990: Devil in a Blue Dress 4 stars
1991:
1992: The Secret History 4 stars
1993: The Club Dumas 3 stars
1994: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 4 stars
1995: The Reader 4 stars
1996: Asylum 5 stars
1997: Memoirs of a Geisha 4 stars
1998: Tipping the Velvet 5 stars
1999: Motherless Brooklyn 4 stars
2000: House of Leaves 4 stars
2001: Atonement 5 stars
2002: The Crimson Petal and the White 5 stars
2003: Oryx and Crake 5 stars
2004: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 5 stars
2005: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 5 stars
2006: The Book of Lost Things 5 stars
2007: In the Woods 5 stars
2008: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective 5 stars
2009: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon 5 stars
2010:
2011: Rules of Civility 5 stars
2012:
2013: Burial Rites 5 stars
2014:
2015:
2016: The Underground Railroad 4 stars
2017:
2018:
2019:


message 4: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2435 comments Your starting from 1800 is very admirable, Dori. Also, I'm happy to see you reading Deerbrook; it really is an underrated classic.


message 5: by Terris (new)

Terris | 2372 comments I like your list so far! Good luck and happy reading :)


message 6: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1548 comments I like your idea for this challenge. There are some of my favourite books on your list. Good luck on your challenge.


message 7: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) Wow, this is ambitious! I'm reading a book for each year, but just for the past 100 years, so it's not really a big deal (although I've decided to read them in order) - but starting from 1800 is really challenging! I love some of your choices, hope you enjoy them all.


message 8: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3667 comments Three classics per month is really something--you'll fill this challenge in sooner than you think! I hope you post your progress and your favorites. It will be fun to follow along. :-)


message 9: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Goodness! Good luck with this. It seems very intimidating.


message 10: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 391 comments Fantastic start. It looks like you are going to have some good reading in your future!


message 11: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 11, 2019 04:29PM) (new)

A Tale of Two Cities - 3 stars - I found this a bit lacking when compared to something like Bleak House. Further comments in group read thread.

The Call of the Wild - 2 stars - This did not engage me and I got annoyed at how quickly Buck adapted and how naturally good he seemed to be re being a sledge dog. Although, I have to admit that I'm not that attracted to stories seen through the eyes of animals.

Conference At Cold Comfort Farm - 3 stars - not as good as the first book but it was enjoyable to be back among the characters. The main drawback was that most of the male characters were abroad for the majority of the book.

Our Man in Havana - 4 stars - I first read this for school and didn't think much of it. This time round I enjoyed it much more and found the humour in it. A quick and easy read.


message 12: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 11, 2019 04:29PM) (new)

The Return of the Soldier - 4 stars - much more about the effect that return has on the female characters than on the soldier himself. It surprised me how much there was about class distinctions and felt that Jenny's changing view of Margaret in the book foreshadowed the end of the lord of the manor with lots of servants way of life.

Faust: Part One - 3 stars - I'm glad I read it to understand this version of the Faust story but too much philosophy and not enough story for me.


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