Time Challenge


Time Challenge
Reading diversely also requires temporal diversity. This is a list arbitrarily starting at 1800 with novels privileged. 

This is not a serious challenge since I don't tend to enjoy older novels as much and so forcing myself to read older novels for the bragging rights really doesn't make sense. (Well, except I might pick up a book from 1971 to fill that inexplicable gap.)

Years are filled in with the first instance of a book from the published year that is on my list (started in 2006). Serialized novels are placed at the first year in print. Books after / are non fiction.

Books with * are books I read before I had my meticulous “books I've read” list and so are based upon memory. Thanks to my mother's policy that I read only classics as a child, many of those are older books.
They include only books I distinctly remember reading or owning. All others for which the act of reading is forgotten, were omitted. For instance, Peter Pan and Hunchback of Notre Dame (though the plot and characters are familiar) have not been included...
I also neglected to try to remember books pre-1800...it took enough time to make this list without also trying to tease out which of Homer's epics or Shakespeare's plays I've actually read and which I've only read abridged or just 'talked' about so much that I feel like I know 'em.

 Pre-1800
18th century BCE: Epic of Gilgamesh
5th century BCE: Oedipus the King-Sophocles
1200s: The Tain
c.1240: Egil's Saga
1300s: Inferno-Dante

1580s: How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing-Michel de Montaigne
1604: Dr. Faustus-Christopher Marlowe
1605: Don Quixote-Cervantes
1610: The Tempest-Shakespeare
1634: Journey into Mohawk Country- Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert
1637: Discourse on Method-Descartes
1640-1715: Wailing Ghosts- Pu Songling
1688: Oronooko-Aphra Behn
1726: Gulliver's Travels-Jonathan Swift
1789: Songs of Innocence- William Blake
1790: Charlotte Temple-Susanna Rowson
1794: Songs of Experience-William Blake

1800-1809
1800: Belinda-Maria Edgeworth
1801:
1802:
1803:
1804:
1805:
1806:
1807:
1808:
1809:

1810-1819
1810:
1811: Sense and Sensibility-Jane Austen*
1812:
1813: Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen*
1814:
1815:
1816:
1817:
1818: Persuasion-Jane Austen*
1819: Ivanhoe-Sir Scott Walter*

1820-1829
1820: King's Bride-ETA Hoffman
1821:
1822:
1823: Frankenstein-Mary Shelley*
1824:
1825:
1826:
1827:
1828:
1829:

1830-1839
1830:
1831:
1832:
1833:
1834:
1835:
1836: Atheist's Mass-Honoré de Balzac
1837: Oliver Twist-Charles Dickens*
1838: Tales of Mystery and Terror-Edgar Allen Poe*
1839:

1840-1849
1840: The Old Curiosity Shop-Charles Dickens*
1841:
1842:
1843: A Christmas Carol-Charles Dickens*
1844: Count of Monte Cristo-Alexander Dumas*
1845:
1846:
1847: Agnes Grey-Anne Bronte
1848:
1849:

1850-1859
1850: Musui's Story-Katsu Kokichi
1851: Moby Dick-Herman Melville*
1852: Bleak House-Charles Dickens*
1853:
1854: Walden-Thoreau*
1855:
1856:
1857: The Professor-Charlotte Bronte*
1858:
1859: A Tale of Two Cities-Charles Dickens*

1860-1869
1860: Trail of the Serpent-Mary Elizabeth Braddon
1861:
1862: Les Misérables-Victor Hugo*
1863:
1864: Notes from Underground-Fyodor Dostoevsky*
1865: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-Lewis Carroll*
1866: Jo's Boys-Louisa May Alcott*/Traffic-John Ruskin
1867:
1868: The Idiot-Fyodor Dostoevsky*
1869: War and Peace-Leo Tolstoy*

1870-1879
1870: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea-Jules Verne*
1871:
1872:
1873: Anna Karenina-Leo Tolstoy*
1874:
1875:
1876: Tom Sawyer-Mark Twain*
1877: Black Beauty-Anna Sewell*
1878: Mycenae-Schliemann
1879: A Doll's House- Henry Ibsen

1880-1889
1880: Story of an African Farm-Olive Schreiner
1881:
1882:
1883: Treasure Island-Robert Louis Stevenson*
1884: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain*
1885: Tiryns-Schliemann
1886: Crime and Punishment-Fyodor Dostoevsky*
1887:
1888:
1889:

1890-1899
1890: Yellow Wallpaper-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
1891:
1892:
1893:
1894: The Jungle Book-Rudyard Kipling*
1895: Time Machine-HG Wells*
1896:
1897: Dracula-Bram Stoker*
1898: War of the Worlds-HG Wells*
1899: The Awakening-Kate Chopin

1900-1909
1900: Lieutenant Gustl-Arthur Schnitzler
1901: Hound of the Baskervilles-Arthur Conan Doyle*
1902: The Immoralist-André Gide
1903: The Story of My Life-Helen Keller*
1904:
1905: House of Mirth-Edith Wharton*
1906: Beneath the Wheel-Herman Hesse/The Prehistoric Tombs of Knossos-Arthur Evans
1907:
1908: Anne of Green Gables-Lucy Maud Montgomery*
1909: Phantom of the Opera-Gaston Leroux*

1910-1919
1910: Roast Beef, Medium Rare-Edna Ferber
1911:
1912: The Judgement-Franz Kafka
1913: O Pioneers!-Willa Cather
1914: Maurice-EM Foster/Architecture-N. D'Anvers
1915: Herland-Charlotte Gilman
1916: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man-James Joyce*
1917: Professor Knatschke-Hansi
1918:
1919:

1920-1929
1920: This Side of Paradise-F. Scott Fitzgerald
1921:
1922: The Castle-Franz Kafka
1923: Whose Body?-Dorothy Sayers
1924: We-Yevgeny Zamyatin
1925: Mrs. Dalloway-Virginia Woolf
1926: Life of a Stupid Man-Ryunosuke Akutagawa
1927: To the Lighthouse-Virginia Woolf
1928: Orlando-Virginia Woolf
1929: Passing-Nella Larsen

1930-1939
1930: As I Lay Dying-William Faulkner
1931: The Good Earth-Pearl S. Buck
1932: Brave New World-Aldous Huxley
1933: Farmer Boy-Laura Ingalls Wilder*
1934: Tropic of Cancer-Henry Miller
1935: Little House on the Praire-Laura Ingalls Wilder*
1936: Gone with the Wind-Margaret Mitchell*/Speak, Memory-Vladimir Nabokov
1937: Death on the Nile-Agatha Christie
1938: Anthem-Ayn Rand
1939: The Enchanter-Vladimir Nabakov

1940-1949
1940: Darkness at Noon-Arthur Koestler
1941: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight-Vladimir Nabokov/Greek Walls-RL Scranton
1942: The Stranger-Albert Camus*
1943: Perelandra-CS Lewis*
1944: Time Must Have a Stop-Aldous Huxley
1945: Animal Farm-George Orwell*
1946: The Reluctant Widow-Georgette Heyer
1947: Evenings-Gerard Reve
1948: Confessions of a Mask-Yukio Mishima/The Communist Manifesto-Marx & Engels
1949: A Step Towards Gomorrah-Bachmann

1950-1959
1950: Midwich Cuckoos-John Wyndham
1951: Duplicate Death-Georgette Heyer
1952: Zorba the Greek-Nikos Kazantzakis
1953: Mr. Peter's Connections-Arthur Miller*
1954: Under the Net-Iris Murdoch
1955: Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov*
1956: The Fall-Albert Camus
1957:On the Road-Jack Kerorauc
1958: Things Fall Apart-Chinua Achebe
1959: Naked Lunch-William Burroughs

1960-1969
1960: Dawn-Elie Wiesel
1961: Mother Night-Kurt Vonnegut
1962: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest-Ken Kesey/Structure of Scientific Revolutions-Thomas Kuhn
1963: The Bell Jar-Sylvia Plath/The Fire Next Time-James Baldwin
1964: Queen's Play-Dorothy Dunnett/Autobiography of Malcolm X
1965: The Hostage-Brenden Behan
1966: Time of Angels-Iris Murdoch/The Druids-Nora Chadwick
1967: The Joke-Milan Kundera/World that was Ours-Hilda Bernstein
1968: Welcome to the Monkey House-Kurt Vonnegut
1969: Slaughterhouse Five-Kurt Vonnegut

1970-1979
1970: Terra Incognita-Vladimir Nabokov/Henri Bergson-Herbert Wildon Carr
1971: Edward Lhuyd-Frank Emery
1972: Surfacing-Margaret Atwood
1973: A Russian Beauty-Vladimir Nabokov/Warfleets of Antiquity-Richard Bruce Nelson
1974: Winter in the Blood-James Welch/ Conundrum-Jan Morris
1975: Shedding-Verena Stefan
1976: The Woman Warrior-Maxine Hong Kingston/History of Sexuality-Michel Foucault
1977: Farewell Party-Milan Kundera
1978: Broken April-Ismail Kadare/Time and Tradition-Bruce Trigger
1979: Book of Laughter and Forgetting-Milan Kundera/Laboratory Life-Bruno LaTour

1980-1989
1980: The Defense-Vladimir Nabokov
1981: Hotel Hampshire-John Irving/Culture Contact and Culture Change-Peter Wells
1982: Annie on my Mind-Nancy Garden/ Genesis-Eduardo Galeano
1983: One Day of Life-Manlio Argueta/Rhodes in the Bronze Age-Chris Mee
1984: Unbearable Lightness of Being-Milan Kundera/Ancient Athenian Building Methods-John Camp
1985: White Noise-Don DeLillo/Art and Culture of Early Greece-Jeffrey Hurwitt
1986: Ghosts-Paul Auster/Mycenaean Decorated Pottery-P. Mountjoy
1987: Bonfire of the Vanities-Tom Wolfe
1988: Cat's Eye-Margaret Atwood
1989: Geek Love-Katharine Dunn

1990-1999
1990: The Things They Carried-Tim O'Brien/ A Natural History of the Senses-Diane Ackerman
1991: German Requium-Philip Kerr
1992: Ishmael-Daniel Quinn/Xuventude e Politica en Galicia-Sabucedo et. al.
1993: Green Knight-Iris Murdoch/Looking Around-Witold Rybczynski
1994: Funny Boy-Shyam Selvadurai/Whispers-Ronald K. Siegel
1995: Wind Up Bird Chronicle-Haruki Murakami/Women Lawyers-Mona Harrington
1996: Alias, Grace-Margaret Atwood/Archaeology of Greece-William Biers
1997: Blood and Chocolate-Nicole Klause/My Gender Workbook-Kate Bernstein
1998: Poisonwood Bible-Barbara Kingsolver/Professor and the Madman-Simon Winchester
1999: Hard Love-Ellen Wittlinger/Cycladic Art-J. Lesley Fitton

2000-2009
2000: Blind Assassin-Margaret Atwood/Gudea's Temple Building-Claudia Suter
2001: Flipped-Wendelin Van Draanen/Everything You Know is Wrong-Russ Kick
2002: Creature of a Day-Juan Tovar/Fast Food Nation-Eric Schlosser
2003: Rest Area-Clay McLeod Chapman/Nothing Feels Good-Andy Greenwald
2004: Final Solution-Michael Chabon/On Subbing-Dave
2005: Lockpick Pornography-Joey Comeau/Voices from Chernobyl-Svetlana Alexievich
2006: Olive Readers-Christine Aziz/A Decade of Curious People-Chuck Klosterman
2007: Across the Wall-Garth Nix/At the Same Time-Susan Sontag
2008: On Borrowed Wings-Chandra Prasad/Roman Art-Nancy &Andrew Ramage
2009: The Unseen-TL Hines

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