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message 1: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (last edited Jun 29, 2018 11:18AM) (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments READING THROUGH THE DECADES
Duration: July 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018


Is there a topic that you are interested in learning more about or a subject matter that you love to get lost in? Now is your opportunity to read your choice of theme through the decades. What changes and what stays the same?

* You choose the theme and the decades, but no repeating decades.
* Choose books based on the primary decade they are set in, not the decade in which they are published.
* If a book is set in more than one decade, you may choose what decade to count it toward.

Example: Social Gatherings
1860's: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
1900's: Picnic at Hanging Rock
1920's: The Great Gatsby OR Mrs. Dalloway but not both
1940's: The Blind Assassin
1960's: Woodstock Revisited
1980's: The Line of Beauty

Please let your leader know your theme and the number of books that you would like to read for this challenge.

Rebecca is leading this challenge. Thank you, Rebecca!


message 2: by Nina (last edited Sep 22, 2018 10:57AM) (new)

Nina | 317 comments Okay, this one took me quite some thinking. First I wanted to go with "female protagonists", which would be something I am interessted in, but also a quite easy task.

I then suddenly realised that the one topic I love in books is time travel. But this is so specific that it was not quite what I wanted.
So the theme I came up with is: "Books that include settings in different time periodes". That basically includes time travel, but also books where a story of the past is told. With this optimised theme I have quite a selection for the challenge, but i will first stick to 4 books.

4/4

Possible books:
✔1450's (B.C):Reflections in the Nile
500's:A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
✔1820's:Das verborgene Tor
✔1890's:The Glass Sentence
✔1900's: The Winter People
??:The Wise Man's Fear


message 3: by Rebecca (last edited Aug 10, 2018 11:12AM) (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments This is a really cool challenge!
black women and their fight for feminism: 0/4
2010's: We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
1930's: The colour purple by Alice Walker
1940's : The bluest eye by Toni Morrison
?


message 4: by Amanda (last edited Aug 22, 2018 05:41AM) (new)

Amanda R (fairyteapot) | 1236 comments Reading Through The Decades
Duration: July 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018


Theme: Love

1. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Completed 18/7/18 Rating 3 stars

1870s - name is important, money is important, keeping up appearances, no freedom, divorce is a scandal

2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Completed 24/7/18 Rating 5 stars

1930s - money is an issue in this case, nonetheless more freedom to choose. It has progressed since 1870s


2/5


message 5: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments Welcome Nina, Rebecca, and Amanda! I love the topics you chose! I will wait a few more days to see if anyone volunteers to lead the challenge and if not, I will.


message 6: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments What does leading the challenge consist in?


message 7: by Rachelnyc (last edited Sep 16, 2018 06:20PM) (new)

Rachelnyc | 176 comments I love this idea but like Nina wrote, it took some thinking. I hope this isn't too broad but I'd like to explore familial relationships. I'm thinking mostly the parent/child dynamic but I am currently reading Middlemarch and am fascinated by all the different relationships explored in the 1830s and think it will be interesting to compare to more modern decades.

I'll go with 10 books. ETA: Completed but I'll see if I can get to 15!

13/10

1830s Middlemarch (I've already started this in June but I have over 500 pages left so I think it should count!)
2060(ish) Artemis
1820s My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
2000s The Yiddish Policemen's Union
1990s Interpreter of Maladies
1950s Mommie Dearest
1890s The Night Circus
1940s Beneath a Scarlet Sky
1920s Mrs. Dalloway
1930s The Color Purple
2010s Paris Time Capsule
1700s Robinson Crusoe
1970s Housekeeping


message 8: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments Rebecca - leading involves tracking participants and their progress (goal and number of completed books). Are you interested in leading?

Rachelnyc - that sounds like a great theme and doesn't seem too broad at all. The differences over time should be pretty interesting!


message 9: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments Okay perfect! I am interested in leading the challenge :D


message 10: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments Thank you, Rebecca! I'll update the first post to reflect that you are leading. :-)


message 11: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 176 comments Kristin wrote: "Rebecca - leading involves tracking participants and their progress (goal and number of completed books). Are you interested in leading?

Rachelnyc - that sounds like a great theme and doesn't seem..."


Thanks Kristin! I'm looking through my tbr list now and already have a few that I think will make for interesting comparisons.


message 12: by Rebecca (last edited Aug 16, 2018 12:42AM) (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments Participants:
Amanda: 0/5
Berit: 4/10
Brittany: 4/10
Cindy III : 0/3
Dlyn: 1/6
Jill: 0/10
Kristin: 0/4
Nina: 2/4
Rachelnyc: 4/10
Rebecca: 2/4
SarahKat: 4/6


message 13: by Jill (new)

Jill Rosenberg (JillyFay) | 41 comments I’d like to join, but I’m not sure what topic or decade. I need some time to think. But I’ll do 10 books for now. Just need a topic.......


message 14: by Berit (last edited Sep 19, 2018 01:32AM) (new)

Berit Lundqvist | 565 comments Hi, I’d like to join. My topic is Africa, and I’m in for 10 books,

So far 8/10.

Possible options:
2010’s: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - READ
2000’s: Bill Bryson's African Diary - READ
1990’s: Purple Hibiscus - READ
1980’s: Stay with Me - READ
1970’s: A Dry White Season
1960’s: Half of a Yellow Sun
1950’s: The Shadow of the Sun
1940’s: The Plague - READ
1930’s: Green Hills of Africa - READ
1920’s: Out of Africa - READ
1890’s: Heart of Darkness - READ


message 15: by SarahKat (new)

SarahKat | 786 comments Put me down for 6 books please. I need to think about what I want my topic will be though.


message 16: by Brittany (last edited Sep 29, 2018 12:20PM) (new)


message 17: by Dlyn (last edited Jul 21, 2018 04:38PM) (new)

Dlyn | 261 comments This is a really good challenge. Picking a topic is the truly challenging part though lol Ultimately, I've decided to go with female protagonists as well. I'll try 6 books :)

1/6

1950s -- Strangled by Silk
1960s -- I’m Glad I Did
1970s
1980s -- A is for Alibi
1990s -- Little Fires Everywhere -- 7/21/18 ✔
2000s -- Salvage the Bones


message 18: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments I started off with "The color purple" by Alice Walker.
Here are my thoughts on this book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ-N...


message 19: by SarahKat (new)

SarahKat | 786 comments I think I might go with Magic as my theme.

Out of curiosity, how are people handling books set in a fantastical world where the "decade" is indiscernible?


message 20: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments SarahKat, that is a tricky one, but if it is a book set in "present time" I would suggest this would be an exception to the publising rule, that is, in this instance you could use the original publishing date. If it is set in the past or future, you may have to estimate based on other details. If you still cannot estimate, it may, unfortunately, not be a book that is appropriate for this challenge. That said, we always say book choices are ultimately the reader's discretion so if you give an honest estimate, I think you can make the ultimate decision and you won't be questioned about it.


message 21: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 176 comments I just started Artemis which is set in the future so I was wondering about this as well. Fortunately, there was a reference about the tv show Star Trek being almost 100 years old so I am going to use the year 2060 as an approximation.

I know a lot of fantasy novels will be more vague but for anyone reading science fiction, keep your eyes open for hints.


message 22: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Morrison | 246 comments Update to message #16. I finished Brides of Eden: A True Story Imagined for the 1900s today.


message 23: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments As I'm going to be reading mostly non-fiction I think the date in which the book is published and the time setting of the book will be mostly similar, although I've chosen these mostly without knowing anything about the plot so if i've made any mistakes i will edit my original message.


message 24: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments Brittany wrote: "Update to message #16. I finished Brides of Eden: A True Story Imagined for the 1900s today."

Great job!


message 25: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (last edited Jul 09, 2018 08:31AM) (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments I am planning to participate but am having trouble deciding on my theme! It is between experimental literature, time travel, multigenerational sagas, or ones that cover a protagonist's life from birth or childhood to death or old age. Some of these books are quite long so I will commit to 4 books for this challenge, and increase if I happen to find shorter books.

0/4

Theme: Multigenerational Sagas

18th Century, need to determine the decade: Homegoing
1860s Gilead
20th century, need to determine the decade: The House of the Spirits
1910s: The Thorn Birds
1940s: Midnight's Children
1960s: Beauty Is a Wound
1970s: White Teeth


message 26: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 176 comments Kristin wrote: "I am planning to participate but am having trouble deciding on my theme! It is between experimental literature, time travel, multigenerational sagas, or ones that cover a protagonist's life from bi..."

Ooh those are some great ideas. I love multi-generational sagas. Do you have any in particular that's you're planning to read?


message 27: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (last edited Jul 09, 2018 08:28AM) (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments Rachelnyc wrote: "Kristin wrote: "I am planning to participate but am having trouble deciding on my theme! It is between experimental literature, time travel, multigenerational sagas, or ones that cover a protagonis..."

Some books I am thinking of if I go with multigenerational novel are below. I found some listed under family saga so I need to double check that they a multigenerational.

Homegoing - 18th century (need to determine the decade)
Gilead - 1860s
The House of the Spirits - 20th century (need to determine the decade)
The Thorn Birds - 1910s
Midnight's Children - 1940s
Beauty Is a Wound - 1960s
White Teeth - 1970s

UPDATE: Now that I have spelled it out, I am leaning towards this theme. Thanks, Rachelnyc :-)


message 28: by Dlyn (last edited Jul 09, 2018 01:45AM) (new)

Dlyn | 261 comments Does anyone have suggestions for books about strong female protagonists set in the 1970s & 2000s? Any help would be great! Thanks.


message 29: by Kristin, Buddy Reads (last edited Jul 09, 2018 07:25AM) (new)

Kristin MB | 2022 comments Dlyn wrote: "Does anyone have suggestions for books about strong female protagonists set in the 1970s & 2000s? Any help would be great! Thanks."

Hi Dlyn, I found this list that has some books you may be interested in. I haven't read any of them, but The Flamethrowers and Caucasia are set in the 1970s and Salvage the Bones is set in the 2000s. I have read another book by Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones, and she is a talented writer.


message 30: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments I also find that Wikipedia has really thorough lists on books, you can try browsing on the site ^^


message 31: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 176 comments Kristin wrote: "Rachelnyc wrote: "Kristin wrote: "I am planning to participate but am having trouble deciding on my theme! It is between experimental literature, time travel, multigenerational sagas, or ones that ..."

It's a great theme!

I really enjoyed Homegoing and most of the others are on my list (I'll have to look up Beauty is a Wound) so I will definitely be interested to read your thoughts if you go this route. No pressure! ;)


message 32: by Dlyn (new)

Dlyn | 261 comments Kristin wrote: "Dlyn wrote: "Does anyone have suggestions for books about strong female protagonists set in the 1970s & 2000s? Any help would be great! Thanks."

Hi Dlyn, I found this list that has some books you ..."


Thanks!!!


message 33: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 176 comments Updated msg 7. 2/10 completed.

The most striking difference between familial relationships as depicted in Middlemarch in the 1830s to the father/daughter relationship in Artemis in the future is the loss of formality over the years.


message 34: by Dlyn (new)

Dlyn | 261 comments 1/6 complete :)


message 35: by SarahKat (new)

SarahKat | 786 comments 1/6 and I did land on Magic for sure for my theme.

1. 2010's (set in present day; published in 2008): The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Magic in the form of supernatural beings (ghosts, goblins, vampires...) and their abilities (fading, coercion...).


message 36: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments Rachelnyc wrote: "Updated msg 7. 2/10 completed.

The most striking difference between familial relationships as depicted in Middlemarch in the 1830s to the father/daughter relationship in Artemis in the future is t..."


SarahKat wrote: "1/6 and I did land on Magic for sure for my theme.



1. 2010's (set in present day; published in 2008): The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Magic in the form of supe..."


Dlyn wrote: "1/6 complete :)"

Great guys!!


message 37: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 176 comments Msg 7 updated. 4/10


message 39: by Dlyn (new)

Dlyn | 261 comments Rebecca wrote: "Participants:
Amanda: 0/5
Berit: 0/10
Brittany: 1/10
Dlyn: 0/6
Jill: 0/10
Kristin: 0/4
Nina: 0/4
Rachelnyc: 2/10
Rebecca: 1/9
SarahKat: 1/6"


Mine should say 1/6 done. Thanks so much! :)


message 40: by Leslie (last edited Oct 01, 2018 05:38AM) (new)

Leslie | 13 comments Here's what I have so far:

Old School (1899 and earlier)
1700's:
1710's:
1720's: The First Epistle of Clemens Romanus to the Church at Corinth by Pope Clement I (1728)
1730'S:
1740'S:
1750's:
1760'S:
1770's:
1780's:
1790's:

1800's: The Secrets of the Harem by Anonymous (1804)
1810's:
1820's:
1830's: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (1836)
1840's: The Business Man by Edgar Allan Poe (1840)
1850's: Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter (1853)
1860's: Tithonus by Alfred Tennyson (1860), Nelly's Hospital by Louisa May Alcott (1865)
1870's: A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert (1877)
1880's: How John Wilkes Booth Crossed the Potomac River by James L. Barbour (1884), A Dead Woman's Secret by Guy de Maupassant (1884), Among The Redwoods by E. R. Sill (1884). The Race for the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (late 1800's), The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde (1887), The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde (1888),
1890's: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce (1890), Salomé: A Tragedy in One Act by Oscar Wilde (1891)

New School (1900-1999)
1900's: The Conversion of Sum Loo by Willa Sibert Cather (1900)
1910's: The Dead by James Joyce (1914), In Berlin by Mary Boyle O’Reilly (1915), T.B. by Fannie Hurst (1915), Get Ready The Wreaths by Fannie Hurst (1917)
1920's: The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot (1922), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1924), Short story "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston (1926)
1930's: The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway (1936)
1940's: Sweet Ermengarde by H.P. Lovecraft (1943), The Demon Lover by Elizabeth Bowen (1945), Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1948)
1950's: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1954), Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958), The Sandbox by Edward Albee (1959)
1960's: Christ Comes to the Indians by Brother Raymond Papenfuss, C.S.C. (1960), Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (1961), Saint Dymphna : Patron of the Nervous and Emotionally Disturbed by Lawrence G. Lovasik (1961), The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury (1962), The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem (1965)
Door Into the Dark: Poems by Seamus Heaney (1969)
1970's: The Flowers by Alice Walker (1970), 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (1970), Collected Poems by Chinua Achebe (1971)
1980's: Am I Blue by Alice Walker (1986), Flossie and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack (1986), To Hell With Dying by Alice Walker l Summary & Study Guide by Alice Walker (1988), So Much Water, So Close to Home by Raymond Carver (1989). And of Clay Are We Created by Isabel Allende (1989)
1990's: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates (1994), And of Clay Are We Created by Isabel Allende (1994)

Unknown date: Death's Confessor: A Civil War Murder Mystery by Phillip Bryant

Modern School (2000 - present)
2000's: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000), Massachusetts by Joan Leotta (2001), El Dia de Los Muertos by Mary Dodson Wade (2001), The Irish Famine: The Birth of Irish America by Tony Allan (2001), The Story of Ireland by Richard Brassey (2001), When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2002), Ireland by Jean F. Blashfield (2002), The Not Forgotten War by Nicholas Dick Jr. (2003), Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative by Herbert Mason (2003), Runaway by Alice Munro (2003), Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery (2003), Collected Poems by Chinua Achebe (2004), The Secret Goldfish by David Means (2004), Clatter Bash!: A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Cleminson Keep (2004), Heroin by Aileen Weintraub 2005), Mother's Hitching Post by Pak Wan-So (2005), Day of the Dead: A Latino Celebration of Family and Life by Carol Gnojewski (2005), The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (2005), Dia De Los Muertos / All Souls Day by Ann Heinrichs (2006),
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2006)
Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Queen Who Rode Off to Battle by Ann Kramer (2006), A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (2007), Benedict XVI General Audience Paul VI Audience Hall Wednesday, 7 March 2007: St Clement, Bishop of Rome by Pope Benedict XVI
(2007), Bananas!: How The United Fruit Company Shaped the World by Peter Chapman (2007), All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank by Don Brown (2008),
Poems from the Women's Movement by Honor Moore (2009), Bayou Trackdown by Jon Sharpe (2009)

2010's: Girls At Play by Celeste Ng (2010), When Bob Met Woody: The Story of the Young Bob Dylan by Gary Golio (2011), The Wampanoag by Kevin Cunningham (2011), Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet (2011), Bomb Sniffing Dogs by Meish Goldish (2012), The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 by Deborah Kops (2012), Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya (2013), George Washington: The Crossing by Jack E. Levin (2013), News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories by Jennifer Haigh (2013), What Was the First Thanksgiving? by Joan Holub (2013), Tenth of December by George Saunders (2013), The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Core Events of an Industrial Disaster by Steven Otfinoski (2014), Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti (2014), Johnstown Flood by Marlene Targ Brill (2014), Shadow Catcher: How Edward S. Curtis Documented American Indian Dignity and Beauty by Michael Burgan (2015), Dia de Los Muertos by Roseanne Thong (2015), Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (2015), Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2016), The Extraordinary Suzy Wright: A Colonial Woman on the Frontier by Teri Kanefield (2016), Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein (2017), Whereas by Layli Long Soldier (2017), Where's Halmoni? by Julie Kim (2017), Sebastian and the Troll by Fredrik Backman (2018)
Letter from Tokyo A Theory of Relativity by Elif Batuman (2018), The Boundary by Jhumpa Lahiri (2018), Shaking the Foundations by Elizabeth Kolbert (2018)


message 41: by Cindy III (last edited Sep 06, 2018 11:54PM) (new)

Cindy III (Polywag) | 207 comments I am in for 3, romance (and gender roles/expectations) theme

1810s A Date at the Altar 8/22 - 9/4
1840s Scandal in Spring 7/25 - 31


message 42: by Berit (new)

Berit Lundqvist | 565 comments Edited post #14.
So far 4/10.


message 43: by Nina (new)

Nina | 317 comments Finally an update to message 2.

I read 2/4 books (books that take place during two or more different time settings) and finished 1900's and 1820's


message 44: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Morrison | 246 comments Update to message 16

Finished Purple Daze for the 1960s. 2/10 completed.


message 45: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Morrison | 246 comments Update to message 16:

Debutantes for 1920s. 3/10 completed.


message 46: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bowen | 50 comments I am at n.2 after having changed my goal, as i lack the reading material and am having difficulty keeping up with studying and reading imposed books... Read 'We should all be feminists' which is a tedx talk that occurred a few years ago, so we can say it is set in the 2010's...


message 47: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Morrison | 246 comments Update to message 16

I finished The Agony of Bun O'Keefe today, which was set in 1986-87. 4/10 complete.


message 49: by Berit (new)

Berit Lundqvist | 565 comments Edited post #14.
So far 5/10.


message 50: by Amanda (new)

Amanda R (fairyteapot) | 1236 comments Update #4


Theme: Love

1. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Completed 18/7/18 Rating 3 stars

1870s - name is important, money is important, keeping up appearances, no freedom, divorce is a scandal

2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Completed 24/7/18 Rating 5 stars

1930s - money is an issue in this case, nonetheless more freedom to choose. It has progressed since 1870s


2/5


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