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message 1: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (last edited Dec 30, 2020 06:38AM) (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
READ THE DECADES

This is a low key, annual challenge to celebrate entering into 2020!

If you're like me, all of those 2020 releases have got your eyes wide with excitement, while the back corner of your brain is going "Dude we should probably balance that out with some backlist titles and classics too." Designed to celebrate the new decade and get us reading things published outside this decade, this is perfect for those of us procrastinators who need to read more classics and yet...haven't done that yet.

The goal is to read a book from each decade, starting in 1920 and ending in something published this year for a total of 11 books.

Here are some lists to give you ideas:

The 1920s
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The 2000s
The 2010s
2020

Want to really stretch yourself with this challenge?

Pick a genre (ex: romance, science fiction/fantasy, mystery, adventure) or a theme (ex: feminism, racism, imperialism, war, politics) to inspire your reading.

Happy reading!

This challenge runs from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 December 2020

Participants

Alkmini: 3/11
Allie: 4/11
Cassandra: 6/11
Gabriela (7): 1/11
Gabriela (31): 4/11
Ikram 1/11
Jess: 6/11
Keely: 1/11
Kelsey 3/11
Laurel 4/11
Maeva: 8/11
Mary-Faith: 6/11
May: 8/11
Michelle: 1/11
Nelson 8/11
Pandamunky: 4/11
Petronilla 1/11
*Samantha* 6/11
Stacy
Tari: 6/11

Finishers!
Laura ☾ 11/11


message 2: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela M. (galexism) | 22 comments This is dope! Will consider adding to my current challenge


message 3: by Tari (last edited Dec 02, 2020 12:33PM) (new)

Tari (thann) | 76 comments I've got a few books that will already fill some spaces since Jan. 1, I'm in!
Read the Decades
1/1/20-12/31/20

6/11

The 1920s-The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie 7/9/20 published in 1922
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s-The Triple Hoax Carolyn Keene 5/22/20 (1979)
The 1980s
The 1990s--Mistletoe Murder Leslie Meier 2/4/20 (orig. 1991, PB 1998)
The 2000s--One Bad Apple Sheila Connolly 1/20/20 (published 8/7/08)
The 2010s--Glazed Murder Jessica Beck 1/17/20 (published 4/1/10)
2020--Silenced in Sequins Debra Sennefelder 1/16/20 (published 1/7/20)


message 4: by Pandamunky (last edited Oct 06, 2020 06:17PM) (new)

Pandamunky | 49 comments Sounds like fun. I'm in.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Sold by Patricia McCormick Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2) by Tomi Adeyemi Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) by Stephenie Meyer

The 1920s
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s - The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
The 1990s
The 2000s - Sold (2006)
The 2010s - Children of Virtue and Vengeance (2019)
2020 - Midnight Sun (2020)

* * * UPDATED 10/6/20 * * *


message 5: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome all!


message 6: by Allie (last edited Mar 09, 2020 06:01AM) (new)

Allie G (itsal7) | 35 comments I'm in too!

The 1920s - The Great Gatsby - DONE
The 1930s - Little House in the Big Woods - DONE
The 1940s - The Little Prince - DONE
The 1950s - Charlotte's Web - DONE
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The 2000s The Lovely Bones - DONE
The 2010s
2020

4/11


message 7: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela M. (galexism) | 22 comments Going to try it!
The 1920s
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The 2000s
The 2010s- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
2020


message 8: by ⚡️Samantha⚡️ (last edited Dec 12, 2020 02:58PM) (new)

⚡️Samantha⚡️ | 177 comments This sounds perfect for me since I need some more diversity in the books I'm reading! Gonna give it my best shot.

The 1920s - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The 1930s - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (DONE)
The 1940s - 1984 by George Orwell
The 1950s - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (DONE)
The 1960s - The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The 1970s - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The 1980s - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The 1990s - Naked by David Sedaris (DONE)
The 2000s - This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann (DONE)
The 2010s - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (DONE)
2020 - The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (DONE)

Books Completed:
6/11


message 9: by May (last edited Jun 08, 2020 08:35AM) (new)

May (theladymidnight) | 610 comments This sounds like fun!

The 1920s - The Great Gatsby DONE
The 1930s - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
The 1940s - The Lottery DONE
The 1950s - The Haunting of Hill House DONE
The 1960s - A Wrinkle in Time
The 1970s - Bridge to Terabithia DONE
The 1980s - Matilda
The 1990s - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone DONE
The 2000s - The Penultimate Peril DONE
The 2010s - Caraval DONE
2020 - Chain of Gold DONE

Books Completed: 8/11


message 10: by Nelson (last edited Oct 27, 2020 11:33PM) (new)


message 11: by Cassandra (last edited Feb 06, 2020 12:14PM) (new)

Cassandra Struble | 101 comments I'm in! Read the Decades (6/11)
Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
The 1920s
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s - The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson 1/31/20
The 1960s - In Cold Blood Truman Capote 1/25/20
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s - Dolores Claiborne Stephen King 1/20/20
The 2000s - Going Bovine Libba Bray 2/6/20
The 2010s - One True Loves Taylor Jenkins Reid 1/27/20
2020 - The Lies We Hide S.E. Lynes 2/3/20


message 12: by Mary-Faith (last edited Oct 01, 2020 07:26AM) (new)

Mary-Faith | 18 comments This sounds so fun! I will definitely give it a try (although since I’m the ultimate procrastinator, no promises 😂).

I’ll add books in as I read them...

1920s - The Great Gatsby
1930s
1940s - Animal Farm
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s - Speak
2000s - The Hunger Games
2010s - Legend
2020s - Woven in Moonlight

Completed: 6/11


message 13: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome Allie, Gabriela, *Samantha*, Maya, Nelson, Cassandra, and Mary-Faith :)


message 14: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey Frederick | 6 comments I’ll join in! Here’s what I’ve got:

1920s
1930s
1940s - Animal Farm by George Orwell
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
2010s - Endless by Kate Brian
2020


message 15: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (last edited May 17, 2020 03:44PM) (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
Oh hell I'm in too 😂

The 1920s
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s By the Sword
The 2000s Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers ✔️
The 2010s Somewhere Only We Know ✔️
2020 Woven in Moonlight ✔️

Complete 4/11


message 16: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED


message 17: by Petronilla (new)

Petronilla | 125 comments I'm in too!

The 1920s
The 1930s
Destinatario sconosciuto
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The 2000s
The 2010s
2020


message 18: by Laura ☾ (last edited Sep 02, 2020 11:53AM) (new)


message 19: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (last edited Feb 22, 2020 03:27AM) (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome to the challenge Laura and Petronilla!


message 20: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (last edited Mar 09, 2020 02:37AM) (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome to the challenge, Ikram!


message 21: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Lear | 4 comments Count me in!


message 22: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome to the challenge, Stacy!


message 23: by Jess (last edited Sep 07, 2020 06:04AM) (new)

Jess Penhallow | 32 comments I'm joining. Here's what I have got so far in 2020

6/11

1920s - The Bridge of San Luis Rey 25/07
1930s - As I Lay Dying 04/02
1940s -
1950s
1960s - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 08/01
1970s
1980s - Equal Rites 06/01
1990s - Possession 31/01
2000s - The Gathering 03/01
2010s - What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank 11/01
2020


message 24: by Alkmini (new)

Alkmini | 6 comments I am in too.

The 1920s -
The 1930s -
The 1940s -
The 1950s -
The 1960s -
The 1970s -
The 1980s - Cathedral
The 1990s -
The 2000s - Everything's Eventual
The 2010s - Το κουδούνι του τρόμου
2020 -

Books Completed:
3/11


message 25: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome to the challenge Jess and Alkmini!


message 26: by Keely (last edited May 05, 2020 11:37AM) (new)

Keely (keelycancrimp) | 1 comments Ooo, love this idea! I'm in.

The 1920s -Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The 1930s
The 1940s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The 2000s
The 2010s- Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory
2020


message 27: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome to the challenge Keely!


message 28: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
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message 29: by Michelle (last edited Jul 28, 2020 09:23AM) (new)

Michelle (shelbrenn) | 362 comments Looking for reading inspiration. In for this!!!

1920: The Great Gatsby 7/27
1930:
1940:
1950:
1960:
1970:
1980:
1990:
2000:


message 30: by Phoenix_In_The_Shadows (last edited Aug 18, 2020 05:33PM) (new)


message 31: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (last edited Aug 23, 2020 04:30AM) (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Welcome to the challenge Michelle and Gabriela!

To everyone: Don't forget to make it really clear which books you have finished in your updates :)


message 32: by Laura ☾ (new)

Laura ☾ | 1283 comments Done!!


message 33: by maéva :)) (new)

maéva :)) that's such a great challenge, i hope i'll be able to finish it by the end of the year ! i was particularly prolific in the 50s which was surprising ahah however i will only put one book per decade :))

the 1920s : The Great Gatsby
the 1930s : The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
the 1940s : L'Étranger
the 1950s : More Than Human
the 1960s
the 1970s
the 1980s : The Handmaid's Tale
the 1990s : Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part
the 2000s : Ensemble, c'est tout
the 2010s : The Universe Versus Alex Woods
2020 :


message 34: by Tari (new)

Tari (thann) | 76 comments Update on msg. 3. To date, I've got 6/11 read. I'm not seeing a lot of hope getting to the other decades by 12/31. Over half got read, so I guess it's not terrible. :)


⚡️Samantha⚡️ | 177 comments Message 8 updated -- so far I have 6/11 read and I don't think I'll be able to get to 5 more books before the end of the year, so this might be where I end :)


message 36: by May (new)

May (theladymidnight) | 610 comments I guess I'll stop at 8/11 for this challenge. I don't think I'll be able to finish the last three 😂


message 37: by Tari (new)

Tari (thann) | 76 comments Msg. 3 update: I got 6/11 read, so no farther than I was on Dec. 2 update. At least I read some books that I'd had for a while and wanted to get to, and it was fun. :)


message 38: by maéva :)) (new)

maéva :)) message 34 update : i got 8/11 for this challenge, so no farther than my first message and it doesn't seem like i will be able to finish this challenge in the next couple days. i'm still pretty happy with my reading so i guess that's the most important :))


message 39: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
maéva :)) wrote: "message 34 update : i got 8/11 for this challenge, so no farther than my first message and it doesn't seem like i will be able to finish this challenge in the next couple days. i'm still pretty hap..."

You did pretty dang good! Congrats on reading 8/11—you did well! This was a hard challenge.


message 40: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
Tari wrote: "Msg. 3 update: I got 6/11 read, so no farther than I was on Dec. 2 update. At least I read some books that I'd had for a while and wanted to get to, and it was fun. :)"

6/11 is fantastic! This was a tough challenge!


message 41: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
Tari wrote: "Msg. 3 update: I got 6/11 read, so no farther than I was on Dec. 2 update. At least I read some books that I'd had for a while and wanted to get to, and it was fun. :)"

⚡️Samantha⚡️ wrote: "Message 8 updated -- so far I have 6/11 read and I don't think I'll be able to get to 5 more books before the end of the year, so this might be where I end :)"

You both did great! So long as books were read and removed from your TBR (hell, just removed from the TBR because let's be real most of ours are out of control lol), I consider it a success!


message 42: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (last edited Dec 30, 2020 06:38AM) (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
UPDATED

Great job everyone! I know we didn't have a lot of "winners," but we read, we conquered what we could, and our TBRs are a little less intense! This was a really tough challenge, and I so happy that you all joined me!

Congrats on finishing, Laura ☾!!!!

Two days left to for the rest of us to get our updates in :)


message 43: by laurel [the suspected bibliophile], Main Procrastinator (new)

laurel [the suspected bibliophile] (laurelthereader) | 2252 comments Mod
FINAL UPDATE

Happy New Year!

Congrats to all participants! You did great :)


message 44: by Nelson (new)

Nelson R. | 10 comments Happy New Years! And congratulations to the winner


message 45: by Dean Ryan (new)

Dean Ryan Martin (survivordean) | 13 comments May wrote: "This sounds like fun!

The 1920s - The Great Gatsby DONE
The 1930s - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
The 1940s - The Lottery DONE
The 1950s - [book:The Ha..."


Nice choice of books. Well-done!


message 46: by May (new)

May (theladymidnight) | 610 comments Dean Ryan wrote: "May wrote: "This sounds like fun!

The 1920s - The Great Gatsby DONE
The 1930s - The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
The 1940s - The Lottery DONE
The 1950s - ..."


Thank you :)


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