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1leslie.98
Jan 27, 2019, 10:42pm

Here's my thread for keeping track of my reading for the 2019 Read the Century challenge.

2leslie.98
Edited: Oct 24, 2019, 8:02pm

Books from the 1920s:

1920: Jill the Reckless (6/2)
1921: Alice Adams (10/24)
1922: The Clicking of Cuthbert (9/7)
1923: Emily of New Moon (9/25)
1924: Some Do Not (1/23)
1925: No More Parades (1/24)
1926: The D'Arblay Mystery (1/11); A Man Could Stand Up (1/25)
1927: The Last Post {which completes Parade's End} (1/27)
1928: As a Thief in the Night (8/29)
1929: Summer Lightning (9/26)

3leslie.98
Edited: Nov 4, 2019, 7:35am

Books from the 1930s:

1930: Mr. Pottermack's Oversight (9/5)
1931: Pontifex, Son and Thorndyke (9/27)
1932: When Rogues Fall Out (10/7)
1933: Miss Lonelyhearts (9/5)
1934: Right Ho, Jeeves (9/9)
1935: Death in the Stocks (11/4)
1936: Gone With the Wind (5/16)
1937: She Painted Her Face (11/2)
1938: Death in a White Tie (9/3)
1939: The Day of the Locust (9/4)

4leslie.98
Edited: Nov 4, 2019, 7:34am

Books from the 1940s:

1940: Death of a Peer (aka "Surfeit of Lampreys") (9/2)
1941: In the Balance {aka "Danger Point"} (6/19)
1942: The Big Midget Murders (5/29)
1943: Miss Silver Deals with Death {aka "Miss Silver Intervenes"} (9/1)
1944: The Key (8/18)
1945: She Came Back {aka "The Traveller Returns"} (9/7)
1946: All the King's Men (8/17)
1947: Final Curtain (9/6)
1948: The Case of William Smith (6/18)
1949: The Catherine Wheel (6/21)

5leslie.98
Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 1:18pm

Books from the 1950s:

1950: The Brading Collection (10/14)
1951: Triple Jeopardy (1/26)
1952: East of Eden (11/5)
1953: The Golden Spiders (5/30)
1954: The Black Mountain (6/11)
1955: The End of Eternity (1/31)
1956: Might As Well Be Dead (6/30), Three Witnesses (7/6)
1957: If Death Ever Slept (8/30)
1958: And Four to Go (8/31)
1959: A Few Quick Ones (5/31)

6leslie.98
Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 1:18pm

Books from the 1960s:

1960: Tintin in Tibet (9/22)
1961: Asterix the Gaul (10/25)
1962: A Wrinkle in Time (9/27)
1963: The Castafiore Emerald (9/22)
1964: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late (6/5)
1965: Frederica (11/9)
1966: Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (6/6)
1967: The Einstein Intersection (11/20)
1968: The Wizard of Earthsea (5/1)
1969: Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home (6/7)

7leslie.98
Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 2:01pm

Books from the 1970s:

1970: The Tombs of Atuan (5/2)
1971: The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (10/18), Levkas Man (10/23)
1972: The Farthest Shore (5/2)
1973: Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red (6/9)
1974: The Bottle Factory Outing (12/3)
1975: The Crocodile on the Sandbank (9/28)
1976: Dragonsong (5/26)
1977: Dragonsinger (5/26)
1978: Listening Woman (5/21)
1979: Dragondrums (5/27)

8leslie.98
Edited: Nov 15, 2019, 3:31pm

Books from the 1980s:

1980: People of Darkness (5/21)
1981: The Dark Wind (5/22)
1982: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (11/15)
1983: The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian (6/20)
1984: The Ghostway (5/22)
1985: The Mummy Case (9/30)
1986: Skinwalkers (5/23)
1987: Falling Free (8/27)
1988: Nice Work (8/28)
1989: Brothers in Arms (8/23)

9leslie.98
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 12:43pm

Books from the 1990s:

1990: Tehanu (5/7)
1991: The Chalk Circle Man (1/18)
1992: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (10/3)
1993: Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief (10/21)
1994: The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (6/24)
1995: Granchester Grind (8/15)
1996: The Day the Rabbi Left Town (6/17)
1997: The Burglar in the Library (9/6)
1998: Carpe Jugulum (1/25)
1999: A Civil Campaign (8/25)

10leslie.98
Edited: Nov 15, 2019, 9:26am

Books from the 2000s:

2000: The Truth (5/31)
2001: The Other Wind (5/25)
2002: Winterfair Gifts (8/26)
2003: Monstrous Regiment (10/10)
2004: Balance of Trade (9/14)
2005: Crystal Soldier (9/13)
2006: The Art of Detection (1/27)
2007: The Margarets (11/15)
2008: Gone (7/9)
2009: The Dark Vineyard (9/21)

11leslie.98
Edited: Nov 15, 2019, 9:26am

Books from the 2010s:

2010: Cryoburn (8/27)
2011: Ready Player One (6/27)
2012: A Man Called Ove
2013: Trade Secret (9/14)
2014: A Strangeness in My Mind (10/11)
2015: The Fifth Season (6/29)
2016: Everland (5/28)
2017: Little Fires Everywhere (2/14)
2018: The Flowers of Vashnoi (8/27)
2019: A Liaden Universe Constellation Volume 4 (9/20)

12Carol420
Edited: Jan 28, 2019, 6:43am

>1 leslie.98: You have a good start on this. I think I'm going to have to make myself get out of this decade. I have some of the books that my grandmother brought with her from Ireland in 1926 that I'll have to reread. Some of them were not even published in this century let alone in this decade...so that should be beneficial to my challenge.

13Sergeirocks
Jan 28, 2019, 9:53am

I love that this challenge is making me seek out some of the really old stuff. I'm finding authors I've never heard of but now want to read more of.

14leslie.98
Jan 28, 2019, 10:45pm

>12 Carol420: Thanks! My problem is the reverse - I find unless I push myself, I rarely read books published this decade. Except for Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache mysteries & Sharon Lee's Liaden science fiction series that is!

I have a bunch of books from my parents & some from my mother's uncle so I am well stocked on books from the "old days". Actually my great-uncle's books are mostly published before this challenge's start date (1900s & 1910s) so though they won't help me... I hope that you enjoy your grandmother's books.

15leslie.98
Jan 28, 2019, 10:49pm

>13 Sergeirocks: Learning about new (to me) authors and titles is one reason I like sites like this. When I first discovered Goodreads & LibraryThing, I kept telling my parents about some great book that I had just found & read only to have one or both of them saying "Oh yes, I read that years ago". Imagine my chagrin *grin*!

16leslie.98
Edited: Jun 7, 2019, 6:36pm

Having been absent for several months, I have started updating my progress on this challenge. During this period, I didn't read much so still lots of years still to go... but I did make good progress on the 1970s!

17leslie.98
Jun 17, 2019, 7:41pm

I have finished a few more years in the past 10 days but still no decades completed :(

18leslie.98
Jul 9, 2019, 12:17pm

Still no decades completed though the 1970s are getting close...

19leslie.98
Sep 1, 2019, 12:12pm

Still plugging away! I have almost completed several decades (1950s, 1970s, 1980s and surprisingly 2010s) but none are finished yet.

20Sergeirocks
Sep 1, 2019, 7:50pm

>19 leslie.98: 👏 Keep up the good work; still plenty of time to go.

21leslie.98
Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 10:17am

Thanks for the encouragement >20 Sergeirocks:! This has been an interesting challenge - I knew that I generally read older books but it is an eye-opener to see how many were from pre-1920!

22Sergeirocks
Sep 3, 2019, 7:06pm

>21 leslie.98: I'm enjoying reading the older ones - I've found some gems of authors I never knew existed.

23leslie.98
Sep 3, 2019, 9:41pm

That is the fun part about a challenge - discovering books and authors that you love that otherwise you might never have found.

24leslie.98
Sep 7, 2019, 7:04pm

Woo hoo!! I have finally finished a decade - the 1940s.

25Sergeirocks
Sep 9, 2019, 8:49am

>24 leslie.98: 👏👍😀

26leslie.98
Sep 9, 2019, 11:29am

Thanks!

27leslie.98
Sep 21, 2019, 11:49am

So, I have completed another decade - the 2010s - with not one but two books published in 2019 (A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume 4 and Accepting the Lance)! This is a surprise to me as I had thought that decade would have been one of the most difficult for me.

I can see, now that I have listed all the years for each decade above, that the 1960s will be the decade least likely to be completed.

28leslie.98
Sep 21, 2019, 6:12pm

Ooops - I see that I haven't actually finished the 2010s yet as I am still not finished the book for 2014. Oh well...

29leslie.98
Edited: Oct 21, 2019, 8:31pm

I have filled in some years though I haven't finished any more decades yet.

1923, 1929, 1931, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1985 done

30leslie.98
Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 2:01pm

For convenience, I am listing here the years I am still missing:

1921
1935, 1937
1950, 1952
1961, 1965, 1967
1971, 1974
1982
1993
2007

31leslie.98
Oct 21, 2019, 8:32pm

I have finished the 1990s with Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief (1993)! :)

32leslie.98
Oct 24, 2019, 8:02pm

1920s done with Alice Adams (1921)!

34leslie.98
Nov 2, 2019, 11:09am

1 in progress (1952) and 6 to go...

35leslie.98
Edited: Nov 29, 2019, 8:08pm

November books:
not included in this challenge:
1876 - Daniel Deronda by George Elliot (11/26)
1903 - The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler (11/23)

1920 - Berry & Co. by Dornford Yates (11/9)
1926 - The Castle by Franz Kafka (11/13)
1928 - The Draycott Murder Mystery by Molly Thynne (11/19)
1929 - The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne (11/13)
1930 - The Case of Sir Adam Braid by Molly Thynne (11/25)
1932 - Design For Living by Noel Coward (11/5)
1933 - Dr. Thorndyke Intervenes by R. Austin Freeman (11/4)
1935 - Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer (11/4)
1937 - She Painted Her Face by Dornford Yates (11/2)
1946 - Dark Threat (aka Pilgrim's Rest) by Patricia Wentworth (11/9)
1947 - Minute for Murder by Nicholas Blake (11/2)
1951 - Fallen into the Pit by Ellis Peters (11/24)
1952 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck (11/5)
1953 - Vanishing Point by Patricia Wentworth (11/8)
1961 - The Final Deduction by Rex Stout (11/6)
1965 - Frederica by Georgette Heyer (11/10)
1967 - The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delaney (11/20)
1969 - Johnny Get Your Gun by John Ball (11/18)
1971 - Operation Nassau (aka "Dolly and the Doctor Bird") by Dorothy Dunnett (11/1); The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin (11/11)
1980 - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (11/6)
1986 - Howl's Moving Castle (11/14)
2004 - A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (11/7)
2005 - Thud! by Terry Pratchett (11/20)
2006 - Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (11/7)
2007 - The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper (11/15); Making Money by Terry Pratchett (11/25)
2010 - Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (11/12)
2011 - Susanna and the Spy by Anna Elliot (11/29)
2013 - True Love by Jude Deveraux (11/11); The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons by Lawrence Block (11/8)
2014 - Plus One by Elizabeth Fama (11/20); Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (11/22)
2016 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (11/19); Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki (11/29)
2018 - Hi Bob! by Bob Newhart (11/12)

36leslie.98
Edited: Nov 4, 2019, 7:38am

1930s done with Death in the Stocks!

1 book (1952) in progress and 5 to go.

37leslie.98
Nov 5, 2019, 11:13pm

1950s done with East of Eden! 5 years to go!

38leslie.98
Nov 12, 2019, 6:48pm

1965 done with a reread of one of my favorite books - Frederica by Georgette Heyer. 4 years/books to go...

39leslie.98
Nov 15, 2019, 10:33am

2007 done with a reread of The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper. That completes the 2000s decade! 3 years/books to go.

40leslie.98
Edited: Nov 15, 2019, 3:33pm

1982 done with The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend, which finishes the 1980s decade. 2 years/books to go!

41kac522
Nov 15, 2019, 3:43pm

Wow, go you!

42leslie.98
Nov 15, 2019, 4:51pm

Thanks >41 kac522:!

43leslie.98
Nov 20, 2019, 1:19pm

1967 done with The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delaney, which completes the 1960s. 1 more to go - 1974...

44leslie.98
Dec 3, 2019, 2:00pm

1974 done with The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge! Woo hoo - I have completed the entire century!

45Sergeirocks
Edited: Dec 4, 2019, 7:22am

46JulieLill
Dec 4, 2019, 12:18pm

Wow! Congratulations!

47leslie.98
Dec 4, 2019, 5:20pm

Thanks all!

48Andrew-theQM
Feb 12, 3:47am

I'm very late but, "Congratulations, Leslie" 👍

49leslie.98
Feb 13, 3:02pm

Thanks Andrew - it was a good challenge!