Saturday, October 21, 2017

Decades of Reading Mini-Challenge

Hello!  Me again.  Yes, I'm hosting a second mini-challenge.  This time around, we are celebrating our own reading decades.  For this challenge, tell me a book that represents your reading from each decade in which you have been able to read. (Decades on the calendar - 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, etc.)  For some of you, this will only require two or three books.  Since I'm a more "experienced" reader, I need six books. The book can be your favorite, one of a favorite series, a sample of a genre you liked, or whatever you feel describes your reading during that calendar decade.  For example, if you were born in 1984, your reading for the 1980's may be represented by the first book you read alone.  If you were born in 1987, chances are you didn't do any independent reading in the 80's, so you can skip that decade, or you can include a favorite story someone read to you.  For clarification - the book does not have to be published in the specific decade - it just has to be what YOU READ in that decade.

As in my previous challenge (Hour 4 - there's still time to enter, if you haven't) your answer can be in the form of a list, picture, video, poem, interpretive dance, or any other form you choose - as long as you can leave it, or a link to it, in the comments below OR in a Tweet using the hashtag #readingdecades.  

The winner will be drawn randomly at the end of the readathon, so be sure and leave me a way to get a hold of you.   The winner will receive a $15 Barnes and Noble gift card or a $15 credit at Book Depository.  This challenge is open internationally.

AN ADDITIONAL WINNER will be drawn from those who correctly identify the six books I selected to represent my six decades of reading, using the clues below.  The winner will receive the same prize as above, and will also be drawn at the end of the readathon.  Good luck!

1960's:  A young girl writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends.  When her notebook ends up in the wrong hands, her friends read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she's written about each of them.

1970's:  As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing.  But as the harsh winter sets in, the idyllic locations feels ever more remote ...and sinister.

1980's:  [This book] takes us back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps us up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla.

1990's:  With cats Koko and Yum Yum for company, Qwilleran heads for a cabin owned by a family friend.  Soon Qwill enters into a game of cat and mouse with a killer.  (Identify the series or the specific book.)

2000's:  In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit.  [This book] tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it. 

2010's:  After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, [the main character] realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself.  Then he's given one.  As for what it proves, heaven only knows.  It's life as usual in this small town.  (Identify the series or the specific book.)


  1. 1980s- (read to me): pat the bunny
    1990s- the redwall series by Brian Jacques
    2000s- perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
    2010s- I'll give you the sun by jandy Nelson

  2. 1980's Jacob Have I loved
    1990's Fear Street by R.L. STINE
    2000's Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
    2010's Caraval by Stephanie Garber

  3. 1990s: Holes by Louis Sachar
    2000s: It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
    2010s: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

  4. What was I reading each decade of my like? Here's some of the big ones
    1990's: His Dark Materials
    2000's: Harry Potter
    2010's: Shades of Magic Series

  5. Here are my decades of reading:

    1980s--Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes began my love of reading historical fiction

    1990s--Pawn of Prophecy (and the entire Belgarian and Mallorean series) by David Eddings, my favorite author as a young adult

    2000s--Cocaine Blues (and the entire Phryne Fisher series) by Kerry Greenwood was discovered by me in the 2000s and I love them all

    2010s--Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany brought back my fond memories of the Harry Potter world

  6. 1980s-THe Serendipity books by Stephen Cosgrove
    1990s-Sweet Valley High/Sweet Valley University, Animorphs and Baby-Sitters Club.
    2000s-Harry Potter Series
    2010s-The Vampire Academy series, & Red Rising OR anything dystopian too!

    darjlj75 (at) gmail

    1. I sent you an email with the answers to yours. :)

  7. 80's Charlie and the Chocolate factory
    90's Any Sweet Valley Twins/High, or Babysitters Club book
    2000's Skye O'Malley
    2010's Journey to the Center of the Earth

  8. @infinitebookcase (IG) and @infinitebkcase (Twitter)
    1990s: The Babysitter's Club Series
    2000s: Harry Potter series
    2010s: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    Now, for my guesses for yours!
    1960s: Harriet the Spy
    1970s: The Shining
    1980s: The Clan of the Cave Bear
    1990s: The Cat Who Played Brahms
    2000s: Garden Spells
    2010s: The Mitford Series

    1. I'm going to have to read Fangirl since we match on the other two. It's just a fact.

  9. 80's Charlie and the Chocolate factory
    90's Any Sweet Valley Twins/High, or Babysitters Club book
    2000's Skye O'Malley
    2010's Journey to the Center of the Earth

  10. 1990s: His Dark Materials Saga (My favorite the Subtle Knife) by Phillip Pullman
    2000s: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    2010s: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  11. My guesses for your books:
    1960s: Harriet the Spy
    1970s: The Shining
    1980s: Earth's Children
    1990s: The Cat Who...
    I'm not sure about the last 2.

    My books:
    1980s: The Pokey Little Puppy
    1990s: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    2000s: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    2010s: History is All You Left Me

  12. 1980s - Antigone by Sophocles (I loved Greek Tragedies as a kid)
    1990s - The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey (I still want to grow up to be her)
    2000s - Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (It kickedstarted my love of YA)
    2010s - The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (JASNAH FOR LIFE)

  13. 80's The song of the lioness
    90's Harry Potter and the prizoner of Azkaban
    00's Harry Potter and the half-blood prince
    10's Aristole and Dante discover the secrets of the universe.

  14. 1980s The Busy World of Richard Scarry
    1990s The Baby-Sitters Club #19 where Claudia breaks her leg by Ann M. Martin
    2000s The Way Men Act by Elinor Lipman
    2010s Hunger by Roxane Gay

  15. 1990 - Grimm's Fairytales
    2000 - Remember Me - Christopher Pike (that I just found out was published in 1989... like... whaaaaaat????)
    2010 - The Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann

  16. My List:
    1980's: I remember being read: The Poky Little Puppy
    1990's: Scary Stories to tell in the Dark
    2000's: Harry Potter Series
    2010's: Harry Potter Series

    Your List:
    1)Harriet the Spy
    2)The Shining
    3)The Clan of the Cave Bear
    4)The Cat who Played Brahms
    5)Garden Spells
    6)To Be Where You Are

  17. Born in 1988

    '80s - Easy. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. I Don't know if I could read in the actual '80s but I know I read that book over and over when I was small.
    '90s - The Fear Street series by R.L. Stine - it's no wonder I'm super into true crime today.
    '2000s - This is tough. Probably the Everworld series. I devoured those books. I've even reread them years later. And when I met my now-husband in high school, he read them too and loved them. Totally meant to be <3
    '2010s - I'll go with something a little more recent. The Stranger Beside Me by true crime writer extraordinaire Ann Rule.

    As for those mystery books... I think I only know the 70s one. The Shining?

  18. 1970s Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls by George Jonsen
    1980s Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal
    1990s Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    2000s Still Life by Louise Penny
    2010s The End of the Day by Claire North

    (carolsnotebook at gmail dot com)

  19. 1990's: Goosebumps, especially Say Cheese
    2000's: It, by Stephen King
    2010's: The Book Thief and The Dark Tower series
    instagram @ freerangebookster

  20. 1980's: There's a monster at the End of This Book! ��
    1990's: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (and the whole series)
    2000's: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
    2010's: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

    So many books though! ����

  21. 1980s - Astrid Lindgren books
    1990s - David Eddings' Belgariad and Malloreon, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
    2000s - The Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon
    2010s - romance, so much of it. Julia Quinn, Loretta Chase, Meredith Duran, Julie Anne Long, Courtney Milan, Julie James, Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean

  22. 1990's: The Lost Diary Of Erik Bloodaxe, Viking Warrior
    2000's: White Oleander
    2010's: Graceling

    1960's: Harriet the Spy
    1970's: The Shining
    1980's: The Clan of the Cave Bear
    1990's: The Cat Who
    2000's: Garden Spells
    2010's: To Be Where You Are

  23. 1960's - loved Miss Suzy
    1970's - Nancy Drew
    1980's - any The Car Who.....
    1990's - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    2000's - Gift From the Sea
    2010's - People of the Book

  24. 1970s - Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead by William Pene' Dubois
    1980s - Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
    1990s - The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
    2000s - Dragonriders of Pern series
    2010s - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  25. Wicked Bookworm (Dallas)October 21, 2017 at 8:20 PM

    Link to my list! Thanks for the challenge!

  26. 1990's: Arabian Nights and Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days (I think this is how my love for fantasy and adventure was born)
    2000's: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (this is the first Neil Gaiman book I read, and it was a love at 1st read, I adore all of his books and his writing style, he's my #1 fav author)
    2010's: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (definitely the most magical & unforgettable novel I've read, and I've read a lot)

  27. 80s: Bernstein bears
    90s; animorphs
    00s: textbooks
    10s: the shattered realms series

  28. This was way harder than I expected! There were so many influential books for me in the '00s, but of course one comes out on top...
    '90s: Choose Your Own Adventure
    '00s: Harry Potter
    '10s: The Raven Cycle

    I can only guess your first two, alas! I'll do so anyway. :)
    '60s: Harriet the Spy
    '70s: The Shining

  29. 80s: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
    90s: Pet Sematary
    00s: Death in Venice
    10s: The Wasp Factory

  30. 1960's: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
    1970's: The Three Musketeers (rereading now)
    1980's: Interview with the Vampire
    1990's: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
    2000's: Too Kill a Mockingbird (too old to have read it for HS class)
    2010's: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

  31. Tough task!

  32. 1990s: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    2000s: Matilda by Roald Dahl
    2010s: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  33. 1990s: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
    2000s: The Dragon Riders of Pern series by Anne McCffrey
    2010s: The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman

  34. 1970s: Little House in the Big Woods
    1980s: SuperFudge
    1990s: Prozac Nation
    2000s: The DiVinci Code
    2010s: A Mother's Reckoning

  35. 1980s- Go Dog Go
    1990s - Wizard's First Rule
    2000s- Orlando
    2010s - The Bastard of Istanbul

  36. 1990s: The Mary-Kate and Ashley mystery series
    2000s: The Dark Garden by Margaret Buffie
    2010s: Harry Potter series (I know, I got started late!)

    Email: spinesinaline [at] gmail

  37. My post with my anwsers!

  38. 80s - Anything Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume.
    90s - I couldn’t get enough of Christopher Pike.
    2000s - J.D. Robb’s In Death series.
    2010s - Eleanor & Park

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  39. In the 1990s I was raised on a healthy diet of Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl with The BFG being my favourite and most memorable read.
    The 2000s was for me (and many others) the decade of Harry Potter.
    2010s is Wuthering Heights. This was the year I first read what was to become my favourite book, and I have continued to read it every year, since.

  40. 1980s: Matilda by Roald Dahl
    1990s: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    2000s: The Crossing by Cormac Mcarthy
    2010s: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

  41. 1990s: Goosebumps series
    2000s: Harry Potter
    2010: A Discovery of Witches

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  42. 1980s: Dr. Seuss's ABC
    1990s: Bloomability by Sharon Creech
    2000s: Keeping the Moon or The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    2010s: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

  43. 1990s Babysitters Club - and I am so happy to see others with that on here
    2000s Harry Potter
    2010s River of London - Ben Aaronovitch

  44. Here's my link.

  45. 1970's: Little House on the Prairie series by L.I. Wilder
    1980's: Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
    1990's: Grey's Anatomy (I was in college & graduate school)
    2000's: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    2010's: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (discovered my love of magical realism)

  46. Picture posted in Instagram-
    Birth year 1988
    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (My oldest sister had this and I used to try to sneak it from her room.
    Goosebumps (My best friend in middle school let me borrow these from her and I had to hide them from my parents because I wasn't allowed to read them.)
    Hunger Games (The first series I read as a young adult and loved. I still feel so connected to this series and get all the feels! ❤️)

  47. Skipping 1980s since I was alive for less than two months, my books are:

    1990's: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
    2000's: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    2010's: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

    Unfortunately I cannot guess any of the books you described. Such a disappointment! I'm curious to see what they are though.

    Happy reading!

  48. 1970s - The Poky Little Puppy
    1980s - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    1990s - One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    2000s - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
    2010s - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    I don't have a URL, but I've been posting to Dewey's Readathon page on Facebook.

  49. 1980s - Miss Nelson is Missing
    1990s - Tales from Wayside School
    2000s - The Princess Diaries
    2010s - The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

  50. This definitely involved some shelf work!

  51. I’m reading your book from the 1980s right now!!!

    1990s - The Rats of NIHM, I loved this book and read it so many times in the ‘90s!
    2000s - The Harry Potter series, I read the first four books in 2002 and then the 5th, 6th, and 7th as soon as they came out.
    2010s - David Copperfield and Our Mutual Friend, I’ve been on a Dickens kick this decade.

    Avidreader25 (at)

  52. I already added my list but decided to try out your list as well.
    1)Harriet the Spy
    2) The Shining
    3) Earth's Children
    4) The Cat Who
    5) Garden Spells
    6) To be Where You Are (A Mitford Novel)

  53. 1970's- Trixie Belden Mysteries
    1980's- V.C. Andrews Series
    1990's- Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and John Saul books
    2000's-Janet Evanovich Series, Charlaine Harris Series
    2010's Harry Potter Series(for me and my kids)

  54. 1980s- Anne of Green Gables
    1990s- on the Road
    2000s- Bastard Out of Carolina
    2010s- The Night Circus

  55. As blogger hates me and will not let me log in as anything other than anonymous I had to put my list on my blog so here is that link.

  56. 1980s: BEAUTY by Robin Mckinley
    1990s: A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith
    2000s: VALLEY OF THE DOLLS by Jacqueline Susann
    2010s: The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson

  57. 1990s - The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
    2000s - The Harry Potter Series by J. K Rowling
    2010s - A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R Martin

  58. 70’s - Little House series
    80’s - The Stand
    90’s - Saint Maybe
    00’s - The World According to Garp
    10’s - Matilda

    I love this challenge ❤️❤️

  59. 1970s - Little House on the Prairie series and Boxcar Children
    1980s - anything by Barbara Cartland
    1990s - anything and everything by Andrew M. Greeley, starting with Lord of the Dance
    2000s - all Jane Austen
    2010s - Mitford series

  60. I've decided to pick the most important series I've read for each decade, so:

    90s. The Usborne Puzzle Adventures Series
    00s. Harry Potter Series
    10s. The Kingkiller Chronicles

  61. 1990s - Chronicles of Narnia (magic!)
    2000's - The Crucible (I was all about classics and being cool at this age while hiding my infinite love for manga, but this was definitely a book that resonated with me strongly)
    2010's - Poison Study series (during college I wanted to read something light and fun so I think this is a good representation of the decade for me)

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  63. I found this almost impossible but here's mine!

    In short:
    1980s: The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
    1990s: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    2000s: Inkheart
    2010s: The Bad Beginning

  64. 1990s: Mr. Meddle's Muddles by Enid Blyton
    2000s: Shopaholic series by Sophia Kinsella
    2010s: Geek Actually series by Cathy Yardley, Melissa Blue, Cecilia Tan, and Rachel Stuhler

  65. These are mine (bonus included):

  66. For me:
    80s The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High
    90s Anything by R.L. Stein and Christopher Pike
    00s Harry Potter
    10s Twilight and The Hunger Games

    60s Harriet the Spy
    70s The Shining
    80s Earth's Children
    90s The Cat Who series
    00s Garden Spells
    10s The Mitford Years

  67. yay! I get to list 3 of my favorite books
    1990's: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    2000's: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
    2010's: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

  68. 1980s - The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    1990s - Little Women
    2000s - Harry Potter Series
    2010s - Outlander

  69. 1980s: Stuart Little by E. B. White (read to me)
    1990s: Redwall by Brian Jacques
    2000s: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
    2010s: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

    I really liked this challenge as it was... quite challenging! Made me reflect.

  70. Posted mine on Instagram.

  71. 1990s - Sweet Valley Twins/High/University series

    2000s - The World According to Garp by John Irving

    2010s - Twilight series

  72. 1990’s: Time Enough For Drums by Ann Rinaldi

    2000’s: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

    2010’s: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Twitter: iamnobird

  73. I posted mine on my blog!


  75. For me it'd be

    1990s: Animals of the Farthing Wood. (Don't know if that's the official english title. In German it's called 'Als die Tiere den Wald verließen'.) By Colin Dann.
    2000s: Harry Potter.
    2010s: Mara und der Feuerbringer by Tommy Krappweis. Brought me back to loving books after graduating highschool.

  76. 2000s La bambina della Sesta Luna by Moony Witcher. An italian series I loved as a child! I grew up with it.
    2010s 1984 by George Orwell. I discovered dystopia in this decade and I've loved it ever since.

    (Twitter/instagram @emilissa15)

  77. Love this challenge! What memories!

    (Twitter/Instagram @phreneticmind)

  78. Oooooh I love this challenge. SO FUN!

    80's Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    90's Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    00's Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
    10's Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics by Cynthia Enloe

  79. 1980s - Corduroy (I still own the copy my parents read to me as a baby!)
    1990s - Sideways Stories from Wayside School (The first books I remember reading for fun)
    2000s - The Great Gatsby (The one required school reading that really stayed with me)
    2010s - Ready Player One (The most fun I have ever had reading a book!)

  80. 1980s: Little Blue and Little Yellow - Leo Lionni
    This is the first book I really remember being read and reading myself later on. It’s a fantastically simple but powerful tale about friendship and about that it is not what you look like on the outside that matters.
    1990s: Crusade in Jeans - Thea Beckman
    As a child I devoured all her books. I’d go to the library every week and get 6 books, and most times at least one of them was by her. That is how I read books, from the library, We didn’t own many books. I remember asking Crusade in Jeans for St. Nicolas day one year. It was the first book I owned, and it looked so nice and clean, unlike the library books!
    2000s: The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    This book made a huge impact on me. Throughout the 2000s I must have read it once every year. I refused to go to the movies until I finished the book. In the end my friend and I went to see it somewhere in early February in a cinema with the smallest screen imaginable
    2010s: Game of Thrones - George RR Martin
    I’ve read a lot of books in my life, but this book set off an obsession that I fear will only end in disappointment. I want to know how I Song of Ice and Fire ends. I want to know whether my theory is correct. I refuse to watch the series, because I think it is all wrong for an author to spend time on the video materials of a a book (series) that he hasn’t even finished yet. And I’m afraid he will die before finishing it...

  81. 1990's: The Little Prince
    2000's: Harry Potter series
    2010's: Neil Gaiman's works :)