Monday, 27 August 2018

Starting a new year's #DecadeChallenge - sign up post

I first found the Decade Challenge idea in the Bookcrossing group on Goodreads. That was five years ago and I don't think it's still really going there anymore. I loved the idea so much though that I have kept renewing my own Decade Challenge each year!

The challenge runs from the 1st September to the 31st August each year.
The idea is to read a book that first published in each decade from 1900 to the current year, so this year that will be 120 years represented by 12 books.

1900 - 1909 :          1910 - 1919 :
1920 - 1929 :          1930 - 1939 :
1940 - 1949 :          1950 - 1959 :
1960 - 1969 :          1970 - 1979 :
1980 - 1989 :          1990 - 1999 :
2000 - 2009 :          2010 - 2019 :

If you want to take part in the Decade Challenge this year, grab the logo up top, make yourself a join up post, give this post and shoutout in your post, and add its link in the Comments here.
Then come back every time you read a Decade Challenge book and Comment your review links too so I'll know to visit :-)

The 2018-19 Decade Challenge starts on the 1st September 2018 and finishes on the 31st August 2019. Any books read between these dates can be counted for the challenge.
Republished books are fine (there's usually quite a few on NetGalley!) but use their First Publication Date for the challenge.
You can join in at any time although, obviously, the later you leave it the tougher the challenge will be!

Here's my previous four years' worth of Decade Challenge books in case you'd like a few suggestions. All links go to my blogged reviews.

1906 - The Right Way To Do Wrong by Harry Houdini
1980 - The Miner by Natsume Soseki
1903 - The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
1903 - The Souls Of Black Folk by W E B du Bois

1914 - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
1916 - Myths and Legends of the Sioux by Marie McLaughlin
1914 - Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse
1910 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

1929 - The Other One by Colette
1928 - Glorious Apollo: A Novel of Lord Byron by E Barrington
1929 - The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
1923 - The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

1931 - The Waves by Virginia Woolf
1938 - Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
1938 - The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham
1930s - Collected Stories by Bruno Schulz

1945 - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
1940 - The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
1940 - The Rights of Man by H G Wells
1943 - Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

1950 - The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing
1950 - The Moon and the Bonfire by Cesare Pavese
1958 - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
1956 - The World Jones Made by Philip K Dick

1968 - The Laughing Policeman by Sjowall and Wahloo
1968 - Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
1963 - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
1969 - Heroes And Villains by Angela Carter

1973 - Portrait Of A Marriage by Nigel Nicolson
1972 - The Abominable Man by Sjowall and Wahloo
1974 - Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K Dick
1978-9 - Territory Of Light by Yuko Tsushima

1985 - Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1987 - Miami by Joan Didion
1987 - The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
1988 - A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

1994 - The New Life by Orhan Pamuk
1997 - The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
1996 - Berta La Larga by Cuca Canals
1998 - Havana Black by Leonardo Padura

2009 - The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer
2008 - The Panda Theory by Pascal Garnier
2001 - There Were Many Horses by Luiz Ruffato
2007 - The Running Man by Gilbert Tuhabonye

2012 - In One Person by John Irving
2015 - Under the Udala Trees by Chinela Okparanta
2015 - Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel
2017 - Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Good luck!


  1. Was The Secret Garden written that long ago? Wow, I never knew that! I don't really read the classics so the earliest published book on my tbr is from the 1980's! I'll be keeping an eye on your progress though and wish you good luck!

    1. I'm frequenting surprised by how much older books are than I think!

  2. Sounds like a fun challenge. Enjoy!

  3. That sounds like a great challenge.

  4. This sounds like a fun challenge. Good luck with it, Stephanie Jane!

  5. You've read some great books of the past. This sounds like a fun challenge.

    1. I love that this challenge makes me look out for books I might otherwise avoid!