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message 1: by Kate S (new)

Kate S | 6266 comments While not required, many find it helpful to have a place to plan. Please feel free to plan your AbBY reading list here.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12783 comments I have several duplicates in my list, so I'll not post the entire plan. But it definitely starts with

1911-1915: Palladian by Elizabeth Taylor (born 1912)
1916-1920: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (born 1916)

and continues through

1961-1965, where I have options. This provides 11 ranges, so allows me to skip one, should I find the chosen book for one range not to my liking


message 3: by Kate S (last edited Sep 02, 2018 11:04AM) (new)

Kate S | 6266 comments 1981-1985 Amy Sackville 1981
1976-1980 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 1977
1971-1975 Zadie Smith 1975 or Nicole Krauss 1974
1966-1970 David Mitchell >1969 or Emma Donoghue 1969
1961-1965 Sebastian Junger 1962 or Chang-rae Lee 1965
1956-1960 Robert Harris 1957
1951-1955 Roberto Bolaño 1953 or Hilary Mantel 1952
1946-1950 Stephen King 1947 or T.C. Boyle 1948 or Susanna Kaysen 1948
1941-1945 Pat Conroy 1945
1936-1940 Thomas Pynchon 1937


message 4: by Kazen (last edited Sep 15, 2018 06:38PM) (new)


message 5: by Tien (last edited Aug 15, 2018 04:15AM) (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 2659 comments I've gone with a theme :)

1921-1925: A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) by Jin Yong (born1924)
1926-1930: SKIP
1930-1935: The Master Key by Masako Togawa (born 1933)
1940-1945: One Man's Bible by Gao Xingjian (born 1940) OR Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-yong (born 1943)
1946-1950: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (御手洗潔 #1) by Soji Shimada (born 1948) OR Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (born 1949)
1951-1955: The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino (born 1951)
1956-1960: The Name of the Game is a Kidnapping by Keigo Higashino (born 1958) OR Brothers by Yu Hua (born 1960)
1961-1965: The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past #1) by Liu Cixin (born 1963)
1966-1970: Villain by Shuichi Yoshida (born 1968)
1971-1975: Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi (born 1973) OR Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan (born 1975)
1976-1980: Supernova: Akar (Supernova #2) by Dee Lestari (born 1976)


message 6: by Valerie (last edited Sep 18, 2018 09:19AM) (new)

Valerie Brown | 2599 comments If I manage to complete this it will knock off 6(!!) books off my real life book shelves, and 2 off my A-Z Classic challenge:

Well, the library had an opinion about my list, so have to change my second book which was one of my A-Z books (the hold ended sooner than expected)!

I realized if I jog things around the wrench the library threw might not ruin the whole plan. So, adding another 5 years....

1930-34 Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell (born 1930) ***< ended up not using this date range, instead started with next one***

1935-39 Anne Perry's Silent Nights: A Christmas Beginning / A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry (born 1938) or Ringworld by Larry Niven
1940-44 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (born 1943)
1945-49 Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith (born 1948)
1950-54 Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (born 1953)
1955-59 The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (born 1958)
1960-64 Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (born 1964)
1965-69 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (born 1965)
1970-74 The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee (born 1972)
1975-79 My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love With the Sport of Kings by Kevin Chong (born 1975)
1980-84 a few choices here Karen Russell born 1981


message 7: by Ed (last edited Nov 07, 2018 08:55PM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2518 comments The current plan:

1890-1894- The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1890)
1895-1899-The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (1897)
1900-1904- Coming Up for Air by George Orwell (1903)- can be read online at https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwe...
1905-1909-Moonraker by Ian Fleming (1908)- can read online at https://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/flemingi-...
1910-1914-Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado (1912)
1915-1919- Dangling Man by Saul Bellow (1915)-can read online at https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.d...
1920-1924-The Green Man by Kingsley Amis (1922)
1925-1929-One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez OR The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey (1927)
1930-1934-Fred & Madge by Joe Orton (1933)
1935-1939-The Radiant Way by Margaret Drabble (on Kindle) or A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (1937)
1940-1944-Dusklands by J.M. Coetzee (1940)
1945-1949-Shame by Salman Rushdie (1949) OR The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (1948)
1950-1954-Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (1954)
1955-1959-The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (1956)
✔1960-1964-15.5-Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon (1963)
✔1965-1969-15.4- Drown by Junot Díaz 1968
✔1970-1974-15.3-If I Stay by Gayle Forman (1970)
✔1975-1979- 15.2-Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (1979)
✔1980-1984--15.1- Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli (1983)
*************
Below are my work sheets:




Books needed for other challenges which may also work here:
XXX-doesn't qualify- 1832- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll 96p.

1890- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie-264p OR
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

1897- The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder 138p.
1903- Coming Up for Air by George Orwell 278p.
1912- Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado 396p.
1922- The Green Man by Kingsley Amis 240p.
1927- The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey 421p.
(***-probably 10.4 or 10.5)1927- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 417p.
(***probably 20.9)-1931- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison-337p.
(***10.2)1932- Rabbit Redux by John Updike 440p.
1939- The Radiant Way by Margaret Drabble OR 1937- A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny 280p.
* possible 10.3)-1939- The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle
1940- Dusklands by J.M. Coetzee 125p.-on kindle
1947- Shame by Salman Rushdie (1947) OR 1948 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 235p.
@@@1948- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 192p.
1952- By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham 238p.

1954-Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
1954- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson 447p.
1954- The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks 293 p.

1956- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden-503p.
1956- The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston 326p.

(***probably 20.5)-1957- Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg 429p.
(***probably 10.9)-1957- The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, the Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick, and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Feats of Genius by Andrew Robinson 288p.
(*possible 10.3 )-1957- Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
1959- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson 176p.
?????- Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan
1965- (YA-check)Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 316p.
1969- The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi-childrens- 112p.
1970- If I Stay by Gayle Forman (weezer) 201p.
(*-possible 10.2 or 20.9)-1973- The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 392p.
1979- Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente 429p. or Circe by Madeline Miller (1978)


message 8: by Rosemary (last edited Sep 01, 2018 12:00PM) (new)

Rosemary | 3118 comments My possible plan

1925-29 Bilgewater by Jane Gardam (1928)
1930-34 Contact by Carl Sagan (1934)
. . . . . or City of God by E.L. Doctorow (1931)
1935-39 (Carol Shields, David Nobbs)
1940-44 (Rose Tremain, Anne Tyler, David Plante, Elena Ferrante)
1945-49 Dead Babies by Martin Amis (1949)
1950-54 The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning (1950 - can't find proof)
. . . . . (or Carl Hiaasen, Helen Dunmore, Dana Stabenow)
1955-59 Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (1959)
1960-64 Choke by Chuck Palahniuk (1962 wiki)
1965-69 The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (1969 wiki)
1970-74 The Martian by Andy Weir (1972 wiki)
1975-77 Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (1977 wiki)

Can leave one gap somewhere.

A second plan (but I won't do this one because I need some of the books for RwS tasks):

1916-20 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (1917)
1911-15 something by Elizabeth Taylor (1912)
1906-10 The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty (1909)
1901-05 something by Anthony Powell (1905)
1896-1900 Antonia White (1899) or Norah Hoult (1898)
1891-95 Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple (1893) (+ other possible authors)
1886-90 Just William by Richmal Crompton (1890)
1881-85 D.H. Lawrence or Muriel Stuart (both 1885)
1876-80 Susan Glaspell (1876) or E.H. Young (1880)
1871-75 skip
1866-70 E.F. Benson (1867) or Laura Troubridge (1867)


message 9: by Coralie (new)

Coralie | 2550 comments My tentative plan
1910-1914 The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester born 1913
1915-1919 The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl born 1919
1920-1924 Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury born 1920
1925-1929 The Neverending Story by Michael Ende born 1929
1930-1934 The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose by Alice Munro born 1931
1935-1939 Elric by Michael Moorcock born 1939
1940-1944 Sphere by Michael Crichton born 1942
1945-1949 The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis born 1949
1950-1954 A Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Bernières born 1954 or Excession by Iain M. Banks born 1954
1955-1959 The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy born 1955


message 10: by Rebekah (last edited Aug 30, 2018 02:39PM) (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4481 comments Tentative Plan- Might use to catch up on my mystery series I've been neglecting. My "candy" reading
1890 - 1894 James M. Cain (1892)
1895-1900 Ngaio Marsh (1895)
1900 - 1904 Leo Bruce (1903) or Elizabeth Ferrars (1901)
1905-1909 Ian Fleming (1908), Michael Innes (1906)
1910 - 1914 Ellis Peters (1913)
1915 - 1919 Shirley Jackson (1919)
1920 - 1924 Margaret Truman (1924)
1925 - 1929 Mary Higgins Clark (1929) or Ruth Rendell (1929)
1930 - 1934 Martha Grimes (1931)
1935 - 1939 Alan Bradley (1938)
1940 - 1944 Susan Wittig Albert (1940)
1945 - 1949 Alexander McCall Smith (1948)
1950 - 1954 Nevada Barr (1952)
1955 - 1959 Jacqueline Winspear (1955)
1960 - 1964 Dan Brown (1964) David Langercrantz (1962)
1965 - 1969 J K Rowling (1965)
1970 - 1974 Gillian Flynn (author) (1971)
1975 - 1979 Nova Jacobs (1975) or Laura Willig (1977)
1980 - 1984 Amanda Flower (1980)

I know I have to do 10 in a row. just laying out all my options


message 11: by Bea (last edited Aug 30, 2018 03:22PM) (new)

Bea | 1675 comments Tentative plan with lots of choices:

1910-1914 Ellis Peters (1913)
1915-1919 Mary Stewart (1916)
1920-1924 Margaret Truman (1924)
1925-1929 Tony Hillerman (1925)
1930-1034 Ruth Rendell (1930)
1935-1939 Aaron Elkins (1935), James Lee Burke (1936) or Alan Bradley, Dianne Day, Lawrence Block (all 1938)
1940-1944 Sue Grafton (1940)
1945-1949 Alexander McCall Smith (1948)
1950-1954 Nora Roberts, Randy Wayne White(both 1950) or Charlaine Harris, Barbara Hambly (both 1951) or Nevada Barr (1952)
1955-1959 Lisa See (1955)
1960-1964 Tim Winton, Neil Gaiman, Nicola Griffith or Jo Nesbo (all 1960)
1965-1969 Nicholas Sparks, Darynda Jones (both 1965)

Now to choose 10 ranges and authors from that list!


message 12: by Anika (last edited Sep 11, 2018 09:33AM) (new)

Anika | 2070 comments 1935-1939 Mary Oliver (1935) Dog Songs
1940-1944 Bob Woodward (1943) Fear: Trump in the White House
1945-1949 Stephen King (1947) Full Dark, No Stars
1950-1954 Ana Castillo (1953) So Far from God or Peel My Love Like an Onion
1955-1959 Graeme Simsion (1956) Two Steps Forward
1960-1964 Mitch Landrieu (1960) In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History
1965-1969 e lockhart (1967) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (890 Lexile)
1970-1974 Antoine Laurain (1972) French Rhapsody
1975-1979 Greg Sestero (1978) The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made (a friend lent this to me and told me I *must* read it...I've had it for months trying to find a spot for it and this is IT. I have got to get it done and returned already!)
1980-1984 Imbolo Mbue (1982) Behold the Dreamers
1985-1989 Robyn Schneider (1986) The Beginning of Everything (930 Lexile)

(with an extra for leeway if I am not loving a book)


message 13: by Beth (last edited Sep 10, 2018 05:29PM) (new)


message 14: by Jenifer (last edited Sep 05, 2018 04:37PM) (new)

Jenifer (jensamaha) | 261 comments 1936-1940 Robin Cook 1940
1941-1945 Rhys Bowen 1941 or Joanne Fluke 1943
1946-1950 Jussi Adler-Olsen 1950
1951-1955 Tess Gerritsen 1953
1956-1960 Jo Nesbo 1960 or Lisa Gardner 1956
1961-1965 Karen Marie Moning 1964 or Lisa Kleypas 1964
1966-1970 Julia Quinn 1970 or Lisa Genova 1970
1971-1975 Kevin Kwan 1973
1976-1980 Ruth Ware 1977 or Lauren Willig 1977
1981-1985 Fredrik Backman 1981 or Jessie Burton 1983 or Trevor Noah 1984


message 15: by Ed (new)

Ed Lehman | 2518 comments If anyone has the inclination, could you review my plan https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... and let me know if there are any glaring mistakes? Thanks in advance.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12783 comments Ed wrote: "If anyone has the inclination, could you review my plan https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... and let me know if there are any glaring mistakes? Thanks in advance."

I notice that you have only 18 ranges - not enough for 2 trips, and too many to skip only one.

Two books are YA with a low lexile, so not allowed for AbBY: And Then There Were None and The Book Thief

If you really want to read a Christie, there are some that qualify. Let me know while I have the database open.


message 17: by Ed (new)

Ed Lehman | 2518 comments Oh...yes...please let me know about which Christie books work.

Yes...I know I have too few for two trips.... just don't know where I will start yet.... and may just do 1 complete trip with the start of a second...I doubt that I get to read 40 books this season.

Thanks for letting me know about The Book Thief too!


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12783 comments Ed wrote: "Oh...yes...please let me know about which Christie books work."

Spreadsheet posted - others will find this useful now and in the future.


message 19: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Brown | 2599 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Ed wrote: "Oh...yes...please let me know about which Christie books work."

Spreadsheet posted - others will find this useful now and in the future."


Yes, thanks. I know I will.


message 20: by Owlette (last edited Sep 22, 2018 11:14AM) (new)

Owlette | 496 comments A little bit of this and that, hoping to read chronologically, allowing for one skip:

1911-1915:Lilian Jackson Braun b. 1913 The Cat Who Had 14 Tales Lexile 810
1916-1920: Roald Dahl b. 1916 James and the Giant Peach Lex 870
1921-1925: Truman Capote b. 1924 Breakfast at Tiffany's and 3 stories
1926-1930: Michael Bond b. 1926, Paddington Here and Now (169 p.), Lexile 850
1931-1935: Henri Nouwen b. 1932 or Harold Kushner b. 1935 Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life
1936-1940: Pope Francis b. 1936 Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home
1941-1945: Mike Love b. 1941 (couldn't find the right Mike Love to insert here) Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
1946-1950: Bruce Springsteen 1949 Born to Run
1951-1955: Oprah Winfrey b. 1954 What I Know for Sure or Anne Lamott 1954 or Bill Bryson 1951
1956-1960: John Dear b. 1959 or Mitch Landrieu b. 1960
1961-1965: Barack Obama b. 1961


message 21: by Rachel C (last edited Oct 31, 2018 03:33AM) (new)

Rachel C | 0 comments Rough plan, which allows for one skip:

1860-64 Anthony Hope (b. 1863) - Rupert of Hentzau

1865-69 Emmuska Orczy (b. 1865) - The Scarlet Pimpernel

1870-74 Henry Handel Richardson (b. 1870) - The Getting of Wisdom
or Willa Cather (b. 1873) - A Lost Lady
or G.K. Chesterton (b. 1874)

1875-79 John Buchan (b. 1875) - Greenmantle
or Patricia Wentworth (b. 1878)

1880-84 A.A. Milne (b. 1882) - The Red House Mystery
or Winifred Peck (b. 1882)
or Molly Thynne (b. 1881)

1885-89 Margaret Irwin (b. 1889) - Elizabeth, Captive Princess
or Raymond Chandler (b. 1888)

1890-94 Dorothy L. Sayers (b. 1893) - The Five Red Herrings
or D.E. Stevenson (b. 1892) - Amberwell
or Angela Thirkell (b. 1890) - High Rising
or Mavis Doriel Hay (b. 1894) - Murder Underground
or Corrie ten Boom (b. 1892)

1895-99 F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1896) - The Great Gatsby
or C.S. Lewis (b. 1898)

1900-04 Graham Greene (b. 1904) - The End of the Affair
or Elfrida Vipont (b. 1902) - The Lark on the Wing

1905-09 Winston Graham (b. 1908) - Ross Poldark

1910-14 Marie Killilea (b. 1913) - Karen
or Catherine Marshall (b. 1914) - Christy


message 22: by Ann (new)

Ann (lit_chick_77) | 500 comments I was not going to do this at all, but I made a plan because I want to read some thriller/horror and get points!
Planning on reverse chronological order:
1976-1980 Clare Mackintosh 1976
1971-1975 Stephen Graham Jones 1972
1966-1970 Poppy Z. Brite 1967
1961-1965 Chuck Palahniuk 1962
1956-1960 Douglas Clegg 1958
1951-1955 Joe Lansdale 1951
1946-1950 Stephen King 1947
1941-1945 Anne Rice 1941
1936-1940 Joyce Carol Oates 1938
1931-1935 Harlan Ellison 1934


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