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message 1: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Jul 25, 2022 08:52AM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
The goal with this challenge is to read a fiction or non-fiction book for each year of the Twentieth Century. Some children's books may be included.

1900 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Frank L. Baum ✔
1901 My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin ✔
1902 Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling ✔
1903 The Call of the Wild Jack London ✔
1904 The Food of the Gods H. G. Wells ✔
1905 The Gift of the Magi O’Henry ✔
1906 White Fang Jack London ✔
1907 The Ransom of Red Chief and The Last Leaf by O'Henry ✔
1908 Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery ✔
1909 The Machine Stops E. M. Forster ✔

1910 Howards End E. M. Forster ✔
1911 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett ✔
1912 A Princess of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs ✔
1913 The Gods of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs ✔
1914 The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton ✔
1915 The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
1916 The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright ✔
1917 Summer by Edith Wharton
1918 The Return of the Soldier Rebecca West ✔
1919 The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom #3) Edgar Rice Burroughs

1920 Europe and the Faith Hilaire Belloc ✔
1921 Alice Adams Booth Tarkington ✔
1922 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse ✔
1923 New Hampshire Robert Frost ✔
1924 A Passage to India E. M. Forster ✔
1925 The Painted Veil W. Somerset Maugham ✔
1926 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway ✔
1927 Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather ✔
1928 The Call of Cthulhu H.P. Lovecraft ✔
1929 All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque ✔

1930 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner ✔
1931 The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck ✔
1932 Brave New World Aldous Huxley ✔
1933 Lost Horizon James Hilton ✔
1934 The Postman Always Rings Twice James M. Cain ✔
1935 Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder ✔
1936 Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell ✔
1937 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck ✔
1938 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier ✔
1939 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck ✔

1940 For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway ✔
1941 Chess Story Stefan Zweig ✔
1942 The Screwtape Letters C. S. Lewis ✔
1943 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith ✔
1944 The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams ✔
1945 Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder Evelyn Waugh ✔
1946 Hiroshima John Hershey ✔
1947 Misty Of Chincoteague Marguerite Henry ✔
1948 Cheaper by the Dozen Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey ✔
1949 The Hunting Gun Yasushi Inoue ✔

1950 I, Robot Isaac Asimov ✔
1951 The Green Hills of Earth Robert Heinlein ✔
1952 Charlotte's Web E. B. White ✔
1953 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury ✔
1954 The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet Eleanor Cameron ✔
1955 Loser Takes All Graham Greene ✔
1956 The Fall Albert Camus ✔
1957 Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand ✔
1958 Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe ✔
1959 A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. ✔

1960 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany William L. Shirer ✔
1961 Catch-22 Joseph Heller ✔

For 1962-1999 see below.

message 2: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Jul 02, 2022 10:36AM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
I remember starting a birth to present book challenge, but perhaps it was with a different group. Since I cannot find it, I will start over.

The goal is to read one book published in each year I have been alive. I was born in 1962. It is currently 2018, so that would be 58 books. I also will include literature for either adults or children. I will try to focus on books that are considered classics or have won awards, particularly for the children's literature. Also, I enjoy reading an entire series, so if I read an entire series, such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I will probably only list one, not all, of the books in the series. As a part of this plan, I also will try to avoid repeating authors.

This is a long term plan and I will probably trade out books if I feel I have just read a higher quality book for that year. If all goes well I will end up with the same number of years that I am alive and the same number of authors.

A Book a Year from Birth to Present - this is a list of books I have read from each year.

1962 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle ✔
1963 Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut ✔
1964 Up the Down Staircase Bel Kaufman ✔
1965 Dune Frank Herbert ✔
1966 The Last Gentleman Walter Percy ✔
1967 The Outsiders S. E. Hinton ✔
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clark ✔
1969 The Godfather Mario Puzo ✔

1970 The Crystal Cave Mary Stewart ✔
1971 The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom Corrie Ten Boom ✔
1972 All Creatures Great and Small James Herriot ✔
1973 The Optimist's Daughter Eudora Welty ✔
1974 The Dispossessed Ursula Le Guin ✔
1975 Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt ✔
1976 The Dark Is Rising Susan Cooper ✔
1977 The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough ✔
1978 The World According to Garp John Irving ✔
1979 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams ✔

1980 The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel ✔
1981 Penny Saved is Impossible Ogden Nash ✔
1982 The BFG Roald Dahl ✔
1983 The Wicked Day (Arthurian Legend #4) Mary Stewart ✔
1984 The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros ✔
1985 Lake Wobegon Days Garrison Keillor ✔
1986 Howl's Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones ✔
1987 Moon Tiger Penelope Lively ✔
1988 The Devil's Arithmetic Jane Yolen ✔
1989 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro ✔

1990 Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton ✔
1991 Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson
1992 The Secret History Donna Tartt ✔
1993 The Giver Lois Lowry ✔
1994 Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson ✔
1995 The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Christopher Paul Curtis ✔
1996 The View from Saturday E. L. Konigsburg ✔
1997 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J. K. Rowling ✔
1998 Skellig David Almond ✔
1999 Speak Laurie Halse Anderson ✔

2000 Stargirl Jerry Spinelli ✔
2001 Love That Dog Sharon Creech ✔
2002 The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
2003 Inkheart Cornelia Funke ✔
2004 Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America James Webb ✔
2005 Twilight Stephanie Meyer ✔
2006 New Moon (Twilight #2) ✔
2007 Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog John Grogan ✔
2008 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins ✔
2009 Into the Beautiful North Luis Alberto Urrea ✔

2010 A Dog's Purpose W. Bruce Cameron ✔
2012 A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy ✔
2013 Scarlet Marissa Meyer ✔
2014 Cress Marissa Meyer ✔
2015 Fairest Marissa Meyer ✔
2016 Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys ✔
2017 Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart Dion Leonard ✔

message 3: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 5012 comments Mod
I did this challenge, it took several years, but was a lot of fun. I should probably add the last couple of years to stay current, but I still feel I completed it. I was surprised to see that we had a few years with the same books, Cats Cradle, Dune, Hitchhikers Guide, and Remains of the Day.

I hope you enjoy your birthday challenge as much as I enjoyed mine.

My Birthday Challenge

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Jehona | 182 comments I'm also starting a birth to present challenge this year. I had a lot of fun making the list, especially for the last decade, since there aren't clear choices for those years. Have fun choosing them and reading them.

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Petra I've been working on mine for a few years now. I still have a number of books to read, all in the 60s and 70s.

message 6: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
Bob wrote: "I did this challenge, it took several years, but was a lot of fun. I should probably add the last couple of years to stay current, but I still feel I completed it. I was surprised to see that we ha..."

Very cool Bob! I actually read all of the Dune books through Chapter House. I am not sure how many others there are past that. Perhaps finishing the Dune series is something I should look into.

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Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
Thanks for the encouragement Petra, Jehona, and Bob.

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Terris | 2739 comments You have so many good books on your list! Have fun with this challenge! :)

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Bob | 5012 comments Mod
Here is another birthday challenge for anyone interested, read the top ten bestsellers for the year you were born. I was lucky and ended up with 5-4 star reads and 2-5 star reads. It was both interesting and fun.

message 10: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Dec 09, 2018 02:16PM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
I saw that on your list. Then I went and looked at 1962...meh? It is a possibility for the future.

This is a link Jehona had posted. It lists bestsellers by year:

The Bestsellers for 1962 would be

Fiction Bestsellers

1. Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of Fools

2. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Dearly Beloved

3. Allen Drury, A Shade of Difference

4. Herman Wouk, Youngblood Hawke

5. J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

6. Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, Fail-Safe

7. Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II, Seven Days in May

8. Irving Wallace, The Prize

9. Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy

10. William Faulkner, The Reivers

(I have not read any of these yet.)

message 11: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 1676 comments I started doing this challenge in 2016 as well but I'm not tracking it on GR. I was born in 1966, so I have almost as many to read as you. You have more of your challenge complete than I do so I've enjoyed checking out your list. Enjoy working on the rest of your challenge!

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Clio | 34 comments I was looking at this challenge and realized I've already read a book for each year I've been alive (I'm 28 so not too big of a challenge - I'll just have to keep it going now!).

Here are some recommendations for ones I used in my challenge and really liked in case you'd like to read them for yours too!

1991 - Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World
1999 - Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist
2002 - Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex
2013 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah

message 13: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
Very cool Clio. Thanks. Good luck Laurie.

message 14: by Terris (new)

Terris | 2739 comments This looks like a fun challenge, Helen! Have fun! :)

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Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod

message 16: by Darren (last edited Dec 10, 2018 05:56AM) (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 1980 comments I have a similar challenge going on, so like Clio have some suggestions:
1984 - The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
1987 - Beloved (Toni Morrsion)
1990 - The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
1993 - The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides); Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh); La Maravilla (Alfredo Vea)
1996 - Death And The Penguin (Andrey Kurkov)
1998 - The Savage Detectives (Roberto Bolaño)
1999 - Disgrace (JM Coetzee); Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)

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siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 2058 comments Good luck,Helen.
I think I will attempt this too..since at least ,from the list ,some years I can safely tuck off.
Thanks for reposting the link Jehona posted.

My birth year is full of Stephen King(1987),Horror is definitely not my thing,so birth year bestseller challenge is not for me either.At least I read one thing on it ,Windmills of the Gods

message 18: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
Thanks for all the support everyone.

message 19: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 33 comments What a great idea for a challenge! Good luck - I may try this one next year.

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Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
Thanks Leslie

message 21: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Feb 09, 2019 05:55AM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
Well, once again my TBR list is trying to grow out of control. I was reading the nominations for possible April group reads. I went to look them up, then went to Amazon and starting piling books into the cart. Then I thought, "Stop the Madness!!".

Ok, I need a new system that does not involve chasing the latest pretty thing. I checked. I actually own 55 books in either physical or Kindle form, from the group bookshelf already that I have not read yet, not to mention all the others not on the bookshelf!

So here is the new plan. It's more of a discipline than a challenge. I will try to read four books (and/or short stories) that I already own before buying a new book. Right now I am thinking that if I keep this up throughout 2019 I can read a good number of my languishing books. We'll see if I have the fortitude!!

Jan. 28, 2019 order Kindle book On the Incarnation (318 A.D.) Athanasius of Alexandria

Books and/or short stories completed since Jan 28, 2019:

The Utterly Perfect Murder by Ray Bradbury
Who's Haunting the White House?: The President's Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There by Jeff Belanger
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

I just ordered Snow Country (1947) by Yasunari Kawabata the first person from Japan to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. 2/9/2019

message 22: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Apr 19, 2019 12:05PM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
I am not moving very quickly on this challenge by the years; but I did complete this one - 1981 Penny Saved is Impossible

A Pretentious Review of a Little Book Full of Silly Rhymes

A topical poem in its time bites and buzzes and pokes at the conscience
But after its time falls on its own shoelaces or galoshes.
This book was full, so full of 62 poems by droll little, dolorous, cantankerous Nash.
His wit and wisdom and words, long words in lines that break rhythm and drone on awash
in urbanity?
62 poems, it took me a month, to wade through the tome. One poem a month would be enough.
Or one every other month, or perhaps one a year would certainly suffice,
In a magazine or paper, or letter. But 62 all at once? My heads rings with the sing song artifice.
by Helen Lynn Dougherty (4/19/2019)

message 23: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Jun 27, 2019 07:51PM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
I was looking at the books I have read so far this year and realized I had accidentally finished a Century Challenge -

Century Challenge
1880 Heidi Johanna Spyri
1893 An Ideal Husband Ocscar Wilde
1902 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1911 Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
1922 Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
1930 The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett NA
1946 The Member of the Wedding Carson McCullers
1959 The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
1966 Rocannon's World Ursula K. Le Guin
1973 The Princess Bride William Goldman
1989 Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel

message 24: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
I noticed activity in this thread and realized I had not been here in almost 3 years! I was able to fill in a few more years on my two challenge lists above. This has never been an intentional challenge, just filling in as I go.

message 25: by Cynda (last edited Mar 20, 2022 07:24AM) (new)

Cynda  (cynda) | 3314 comments Looking over your lists Lynn. A good mix. . . . Good to know that Ray Bradbury also wrote at least one mystery book. I may read it yet :-)

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Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3475 comments Mod
I took a little time today to fill in the years that were empty last time I visited here...

It turns out I have read at least one book for every year in the 20th Century!!

message 27: by Terry (new)

Terry | 1824 comments Congratulations, Lynn! I am still working on mine.

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