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message 1: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Dec 03, 2018 07:41AM) (new)

Bob | 4959 comments Mod
This will be our fourth year using this challenge to increase awareness of classics written by women. Originally known as the Women’s Century Challenge, this is the vehicle our group uses to learn about women authors and the classics they've written. Every challenge created, every author and every book listed, becomes a resource for our members to learn about authors and books they haven’t heard of before.

Many of the worlds classics are dominated by male authors, especially the classics written in the 19th century and earlier. This dominance also exists on our group bookshelf. Whether this challenge increases the number of women authors nominated to our monthly reading categories, or just helps a member discover a new favorite author or book, it should prove to be worthwhile and fun.

There are two ways to participate. First read one book from 10 consecutive decades, one century total. The second, read one book per year for 10 consecutive years, one-decade total. Only one version of the challenge is required to participate. For those exceptional readers, over achievers, or gluttons for punishment, feel free to take on both versions.

Also these challenges are personal. Use your own creativity to make your challenge special. Perhaps each selection can be from different countries. Or select different regions from a single country. Perhaps choose women from one country, but from different ethnic or social back grounds. Your challenge your choice, just stick to the basic century/decade configuration.

The Century Challenge: Read 10 books from any 10 consecutive decades (1 book per decade) written by women authors. The authors can only be used once in the challenge. You can use authors previously read by you. Or you can add a level of difficulty to your challenge by selecting only authors you've never read before.

Challenge Example: (Century Challenge)

My Century Challenge, Authors-Some Old Some New
1850-1859 Villette-*Charlotte Brontë, 1853
1860-1869 Sylvia's Lovers-*Elizabeth Gaskell, 1863
1870-1879 Black Beauty-Anna Sewell,1877
1880-1889 Jack and Jill-*Louisa May Alcott, 1880
1890-1899 The Awakening-Kate Chopin, 1899
1900-1909 The Tale of Peter Rabbit-Beatrix Potter, 1901
1910-1919 My Antonia-Willa Cather, 1818
1920-1929 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd-*Agatha Christie, 1926
1930-1939 Cold Comfort Farm-Stella Gibbons, 1932
1940-1949 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter-Carson McCullers, 1940

*Authors I've read before

The Decade Challenge: Read 10 books from any 10 consecutive years (1 book per year) written by women authors. The authors can only be used once in the challenge. You can use authors previously read by you. Or you can add a level of difficulty to your challenge by selecting only authors you've never read before.

Challenge Example: (Decade Challenge)

My Decade Challenge, Authors-Some Old Some New
1920-The Age of Innocence by *Edith Wharton
1921-The Narrow House by Evelyn Scott
1922-The Mysterious Affair at Styles by *Agatha Christie
1923-Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
1924-Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
1925-The Professor's House by *Willa Cather
1926-The Blue Castle by *L.M. Montgomery
1927-To the Lighthouse by *Virginia Woolf
1928-Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth
1929-Passing by Nella Larsen

*Authors I've read before

Members wanting to participate should create their own discussion thread. When making your selections please use, "add book/author" link to help others view the books selected. This is the easiest way for others to read a book synopsis or view the authors other works.

Selections from this challenge can be used with your other challenges. With some creative planning books and authors selected here can be used to fill other challenge needs in Bingo, A-Z's, and Old & New. Hopefully some of these challenge books will end up being nominated for group reads. Which should result in more women authors finding a home on our group bookshelf.


message 2: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments Huzzah! It's not dead yet! Thanks a bunch, Bob.


message 3: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 2054 comments Thanks,Bob.


message 4: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3941 comments Thanks Bob! I was definitely a glutton for punishment last year. It will be difficult, but I'm going to try to plan just one of these challenges for 2019. Love your suggestions to personalize it!


message 5: by Sue (new)

Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3219 comments Thanks Bob!


message 6: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments This looks like a pretty interesting and worthwhile challenge. I'm going to give it a go (hopefully I'll have time to finish planning by Dec 31st!) :)

Using an author only once will make it challenging indeed!


message 7: by MJ (last edited Dec 03, 2018 05:20PM) (new)

MJ | 186 comments I love the idea of this challenge so much, but I'm already planning the Bingo and another group's challenge! AND I've read a pitiful few number of books this year. Tempting, tempting!


message 8: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4959 comments Mod
Your welcome, I hope everyone enjoys their challenge.


message 9: by Leni (new)

Leni Iversen (leniverse) | 1231 comments I have promised myself to cut back on challenges in 2019, because the crushing feeling of failure due to overextending myself overshadows the feeling of accomplishment and enjoyment over the books I manage to read. :P

So with that in mind, I intend to limit myself to doing either the decade or the century rather than both. lol


message 10: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments If anyone's looking for something casual to browse through for filling out 19th century slots, I've finished consolidating my list of 19th century women writers (the accurate 1801-1900 19th century) here: https://www.listchallenges.com/19th-c...


message 11: by Terry (new)

Terry | 1615 comments Bob, I just found your challenge from earlier this year. I like your list for the 1920s, and so when I get that far with my own 20th Century challenge, I think I will work in some of those choices. Right now, I am only up to about 1910. I am trying to read only books which I have not previously read, and I have some others that I want to read, too. I have already read The Age of Innocence and To the Lighthouse. Also, I have Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on my list as a potential choice. And since we read The Maltese Falcon, 1929 is already covered. But when I get closer, I will scrutinize your list a bit closer. Thanks!


message 12: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3941 comments Aubrey wrote: "If anyone's looking for something casual to browse through for filling out 19th century slots, I've finished consolidating my list of 19th century women writers (the accurate 1801-1900 19th century..."

Now this will bring hours of fun! Thanks, Aubrey. Quite an impressive and comprehensive collection.


message 13: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments Thanks, Kathleen. I forgot to mention that they're listed in rough order of publication year, which should help the decade/century efforts. After spending so much time filling this out, I'm eager to see if I can pick up any of the lesser knowns in my upcoming book sales.


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Laurie | 1656 comments Aubrey wrote: "If anyone's looking for something casual to browse through for filling out 19th century slots, I've finished consolidating my list of 19th century women writers (the accurate 1801-1900 19th century..."

Wow, this took some serious research. I am quite impressed.


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Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments Laurie wrote: "Aubrey wrote: "If anyone's looking for something casual to browse through for filling out 19th century slots, I've finished consolidating my list of 19th century women writers (the accurate 1801-19..."

Wikipedia's compendium of literary events consisting of each year getting its own page was a big help. I supplemented these with the 500 Great Books By Women directory and my own shelves.


message 16: by Terry (new)

Terry | 1615 comments Aubrey, your list is amazing! How many have you read? Have you reviewed them? I have only read 12 of these books, and I want to read more. What would you say are your top ten? (Minus Jane Austen, since I have read all of those.) I think if I had a solid list of ten to twelve books that are recommended by you, I could attempt about one a month. If I do well with that, I might want to launch into more.


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Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments Terry wrote: "Aubrey, your list is amazing! How many have you read? Have you reviewed them? I have only read 12 of these books, and I want to read more. What would you say are your top ten? (Minus Jane Austen, s..."

Ha ha, thanks, Terry. I've read 42 and reviewed 37 of those. It'll take me some time to compile a top 10, but here's a link to my read women shelf (https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...) and my read reviewed women (https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...), hopefully both in chronological order, but if they aren't you can toggle them yourself. I'll come up with a top ten when I get the chance.


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Leni Iversen (leniverse) | 1231 comments Aubrey wrote: "If anyone's looking for something casual to browse through for filling out 19th century slots, I've finished consolidating my list of 19th century women writers (the accurate 1801-1900 19th century..."

What an amazing job! And thank you for going the extra distance by listing them chronologically! I'm just looking through the list now. So many I have never heard of.

I think an error has crept in though. Book 248 - The Familiar, vol 5: Redwood by Mark Z. Danielewski.


message 20: by Terry (new)

Terry | 1615 comments Thanks, Aubrey! I am taking your 2 lists with me on my next trip to the used bookstore. I can say that I have only read Wuthering Heights of your list. I have definitely considered reading a few of the books (Villette and Daniel Deronda, also Frankenstein) on your list prior to this, but somehow they didn’t crowd out more recent authors. There are on your lists with which I am completely unfamiliar. I will now make a point to add some of these to my reading life.


message 21: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3941 comments I'm happy to see Mary Seacole made one of your lists, Aubrey! An excellent book that deserves more readers.


message 22: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments Leni wrote: "Aubrey wrote: "If anyone's looking for something casual to browse through for filling out 19th century slots, I've finished consolidating my list of 19th century women writers (the accurate 1801-19..."

Thanks. I can't modify the entries, so fixing that will have to wait till I make an expanded edition.


message 23: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments Terry wrote: "Thanks, Aubrey! I am taking your 2 lists with me on my next trip to the used bookstore. I can say that I have only read Wuthering Heights of your list. I have definitely considered reading a few of..."

My pleasure, Terry. I look forward to your thoughts.


message 24: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2593 comments Kathleen wrote: "I'm happy to see Mary Seacole made one of your lists, Aubrey! An excellent book that deserves more readers."

For sure :)


message 25: by Antonomasia (new)

Antonomasia | 67 comments This might be useful if anyone is looking for forgotten female authors from the 19th century.
A critic's list of 100 best books made in 1898, 30 of which are by women writers - a lot more than I expected for a list that old - and many of whom are very obscure now:
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/not-the-hun...


message 26: by Antonomasia (new)

Antonomasia | 67 comments I didn't read the whole thread before posting the above, but I've now checked the listchallenge list and searched a few (maybe 6?) of the 1898 authors, and not all of them were on it already, though some were.


message 27: by Anetq (last edited Dec 30, 2019 02:21PM) (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Will there be a 2020 version of this challenge? (or have I just missed the thread?)
I forgot about it this year, but am determined to succeed next year :)

Update: Nevermind, I located the Challence Buffet!


message 28: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4959 comments Mod
Glad you found it.


message 29: by AiK (new)

AiK | 74 comments May I add some female writers from Russia?
Nadezhda Durova (1783-1866) https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


Elena Gan (1814-1842)
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Alexandra Zrazhevskaya (1805-1867)
Sorry, thre is no information at Goodreads.com

Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850-1891)
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


Nadezhda Lukhmanova (1844-1907)
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Nadezhda Teffi (1872-1952)
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Lidiya Charskaya (1875-1937)
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Elena Blavatskaya (1831-1891)
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Sara Mynzhasarova (1924-2002). She wrote about female rights in Kazakhstan. There is no information about her at goodreads.com
https://kazislam.kz/sara-my-zhasarova...

Mariam Khakimzhanova (1906-1995), a Kazakh poet

https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A...


message 30: by AiK (new)

AiK | 74 comments And Kazakhstan


message 31: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9558 comments Mod
Thank you, AiK


message 32: by AiK (new)

AiK | 74 comments I remembered some other female writers!

Marija Jurić Zagorka (1873-1957) from Croatia
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Oydin (1906-1953) from Uzbekistan https://www.wikiwand.com/ru/%D0%90%D0...

Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913) from Ukraine
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Ekaterina Gabashvili (1851-1938) from Georgia
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 33: by AiK (new)

AiK | 74 comments Katy, thank you too!


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