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message 1: by Emily (last edited Jun 28, 2018 06:07PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) Because I'm starting this one mid-year, I'm going to take the easiest decades... my goal is completing 9 out of the 12, since I'm starting later in the year.

Quest for Women Authors
Starting Date: 1/1/2018
Finishing Date: 12/31/2018
Completed: 3/10


1910-1919: Plan: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Published 1911
1920-1929: Plan: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton Published 1920
1930-1939: Plan: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck Published 1931 OR Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Published 1937
1940-1949: Plan: The Women on the Porch by Caroline Gordon Published 1943
1950-1959: Plan: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier Published 1951
1960-1969: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Read 1/26/2018 Published 1962
1970-1979: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Read 4/4/2018 Published 1970

1980-1989: Plan: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Published 1984 OR Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood Published 1988
1990-1999: Plan: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant Published 1997 OR Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood Published 1996
2000-2010: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Read 6/23/2018 Published 2003

Books Read:
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray


message 2: by Brina (new)

Brina Welcome. I like your no pressure approach to the challenge.


message 3: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1580 comments Good luck on your challenge.


message 4: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 6098 comments Mod
Super to see you here. Have fun.


message 5: by Emily (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) Thank you all! I never read classics, so this one will definitely get me out my comfort zone. If you have recommendations for someone who hasn't read any classics, please send them my way!


message 6: by Brina (new)

Brina For the 1980s you can read Practical Magic which is officially a sequel to Rules of Magic that was written last year.


message 7: by Emily (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) Brina wrote: "For the 1980s you can read Practical Magic which is officially a sequel to Rules of Magic that was written last year."

Thanks for the rec! I loved some of Alice Hoffman's other writings, but I hated Rules of Magic.... do you think I'd like Practical Magic?


message 8: by Brina (new)

Brina Maybe not then. Hmmm. There is Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson all in the 80s. I was going to say House of the Spirits but if you didn't like Rules of Magic maybe not a good idea. For the 90s I always suggest How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez and/or Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. Have fun.


message 9: by Emily (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) Ah thanks! I enjoyed Joy Luck and Garcia Girls, so I'll have to check out your other recommendations.


message 10: by Brina (new)

Brina Good luck with the challenge. It is one of my favorites. I just didn't do it this year.


message 11: by Sue (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3410 comments Welcome to the challenge Emily. I think you will find it rewarding.

Here are some ideas

1910's - The Secret Garden
1920's - The Age of Innocence
1930's - Their Eyes Were Watching God must do audio verison
1940's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1950's My Cousin Rachel
1960's The Outsiders
1970's 84, Charing Cross Road
1980's Housekeeping
1990's The Secret History, The Weight of Water, The Ballad of Frankie Silver


message 12: by Emily (last edited Jun 28, 2018 05:56PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) Thanks for the recommendations, Sue! Just realized I read A Wrinkle in Time and 84, Charing Cross Road earlier this year and I can count them for their decades!


message 13: by Sue (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3410 comments Emily wrote: "Thanks for the recommendations, Sue! Just realized I read A Wrinkle in Time and 84, Charing Cross Road earlier this year and I can count them for their decades!"

Woo hoo! I loved 84 Charing Cross Road so much.


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