Decades ’08: The list at Stray Talk
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3rd November, 2007
Decades ’08: The list
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I forget exactly how I ended up there, but I found an interesting-sounding reading challenge called Decades ’08. The point of it all is to read at least 8 books from consecutive decades (below you will find my list of possible reads). The challenge doesn’t start until the first of January, which means that I am currently really, really antsy and want it to begin now. xD

Please keep in mind that I probably won’t read all of these, but they are the options I have chosen so far. Might add on or retract from the list at any time, so it’s by no means a completed thing.

A Tale of a Tub; Jonathan Swift

Robinson Crusoe; Daniel Defoe
The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; Daniel Defoe

Gulliver’s Travels; Jonathan Swift
A Journal of the Plague Year; Daniel Defoe
Moll Flanders; Daniel Defoe

Manon Lescaut; Antoine François Prévost

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded; Samuel Richardson
Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill; John Cleland

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman; Laurence Sterne
Candide; Voltaire

The Vicar of Wakefield; Oliver Goldsmith
The Castle of Otranto; Horace Walpole

The Sorrows of Young Werther; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Les Liaisons dangereuses; Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

The Mysteries of Udolpho; Ann Radcliffe
Lady Susan; Jane Austen

Castle Rackrent; Maria Edgeworth

Sense & Sensibility; Jane Austen
Emma; Jane Austen
Rob Roy; Sir Walter Scott
Frankenstein; Mary Shelley

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater; Thomas de Quincey
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner; James Hogg
The Last of the Mohicans; James Fenimore Cooper

The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Victor Hugo
A Marriage Contract; Honoré de Balzac
The Pickwick Papers; Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist; Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol; Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo; Alexandre Dumas, père
Jane Eyre; Charlotte Brontë

The Man in the Iron Mask; Alexandre Dumas, père
The Scarlett Letter; Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby Dick or the White Whale; Herman Melville
Bleak House; Charles Dickens
North and South; Elizabeth Gaskell
Madame Bovary; Gustave Flaubert

Journey to the Interior of the Earth; Jules Verne
Crime and Punishment; Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; Jules Verne
Carmilla; Joseph Sheridan le Fanu
Around the World in Eighty Days; Jules Verne
A Pair of Blue Eyes; Thomas Hardy
Black Beauty; Anna Sewell
The Return of the Native; Thomas Hardy
Anna Karenina; Leo Tolstoy

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Robert Louis Stevenson
Hemsöborna; August Strindberg
The Woodlanders; Thomas Hardy
Three Men in a Boat; Jerome K Jerome

The Picture of Dorian Gray; Oscar Wilde
Gösta Berlings saga; Selma Lagerlöf
Tess of the d’Urbervilles; Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure; Thomas Hardy
Dracula; Bram Stoker
The Turn of the Screw; Henry James

Heart of Darkness; Joseph Conrad
The Call of the Wild; Jack London
White Fang; Jack London
Anne of Green Gables; Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Phantom of the Opera; Gaston Leroux
Daddy-Long-Legs; Jean Webster
Dear Enemy; Jean Webster
Maurice; E M Forster
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; James Joyce


Kristin Lavransdatter; Sigrid Undset
Whose Body?; Dorothy L Sayers
Emily of New Moon; Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Great Gatsby; F Scott Fitzgerald

As I Lay Dying; William Faulkner
Five Red Herrings; Dorothy L Sayers
Murder Must Advertise; Dorothy L Sayers
Brave New World; Aldous Huxley

Brideshead Revisited; Evelyn Waugh
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept; Elizabeth Smart
Sparkling Cyanide; Agatha Christie
I Capture the Castle; Dodie Smith
Titus Groan; Mervyn Peake

Gormenghast; Mervyn Peake
Mr Midshipman Hornblower; CS Forester
Ring for Jeeves; PG Wodehouse
The Charioteer; Mary Renault

Flambards; KM Peyton
The Edge of the Cloud; KM Peyton
Flambards in Summer; KM Peyton
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Tom Stoppard
Fire From Heaven; Mary Renault

Funeral Games; Mary Renault
Danny the Champion of the World; Roald Dahl
Duktig pojke; Inger Edelfeldt

Flambards Divided; KM Peyton
A Countess Below Stairs; Eva Ibbotson

The Giver; Lois Lowry
Knappt lovlig; Katarina von Bredow
Postcards from No Man’s Land; Aidan Chambers

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