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Decades ’08

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.

ETA (30 Dec ’07): The bolded titles are my first choices for each decade and the other titles on the list are alternates, in case my first choices don’t grab my attention the way I want a book to for me to keep reading. The list will now not be changed further.

1704: A Tale of a Tub; Jonathan Swift — finished on 20th January, 2008

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

1843: A Christmas Carol; Charles Dickens — finished on 6th June, 2008

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

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

1902: Heart of Darkness; Joseph Conrad — finished on 25th May, 2008

1912: Daddy-Long-Legs; Jean Webster — finished on 20th May, 2008

1923: Whose Body?; Dorothy L Sayers — finished 26th January, 2008

1933: Murder Must Advertise; Dorothy L Sayers — finished on 15th February, 2008

1945: By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept; Elizabeth Smart — finished on 17th February, 2008

1954: Farlig midsommar; Tove Jansson — finished on 18th May, 2008

1967: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Tom Stoppard — finished on 24th February, 2008

1977: Duktig pojke; Inger Edelfeldt — finished on 22nd January, 2008

1981: Flambards Divided; KM Peyton — finished on 5th January, 2008

1993: The Giver; Lois Lowry — finished on 29th January, 2008