I have decided to join two more reading challenges.
The first is the Decades Challenge 2008. I have carried over a couple of books from my last reading challenge that I didn’t finish, and have used them as the base for this challenge. That means that all of the books I’m reading for this challenge are from the 1800s.
Basically, the idea is to read a minimum of 8 books in 2008 from 8 consecutive decades. Pretty easy, huh? Not so much. It wasn’t easy to find 8 books from consecutive decades that I thought I might want to read. It took a little time, but here is my list:
1810s—Ivanhoe (1819) by Sir Walter Scott ****8/7/08–Changed to Sense and Sensibility to appease my need to read some Austen.
1820s—Precaution (1820) by James Fenimore Cooper ****8/7/08–Changed to The Last of the Mohicans because I am overlapping it with my American Novel course in the fall semester.
1830s—The Pickwick Papers (1836) by Charles Dickens
1840s—Shirley (1849) by Charlotte Bronte
1850s—The House of Seven Gables (1851) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1860s—The Idiot (1868) by Fydor Dostoevsky ****3/17/08–Changed to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland due to a desire to read that book instead
1870s—At the Back of the North Wind (1871) by George MacDonald
1880s—A Study in Scarlet (1887) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The great thing about this challenge is that it begins on January 1, 2008, and goes through December 31, 2008. Also, there isn’t a problem with changing the list, which I may need to do depending on whether or not I can actually find the book.
I hope to do better on this one than the last one. Two things in my favor are 1) I have an entire year to finish this challenge, and 2) I am not taking a literature course this semester so my reading load should be a bit lighter.
The second challenge will be in another post.