Saturday, November 29, 2014

2015 Genre Decades Challenge

Becky from Becky's Book Reviews has put together the Genre Decades Reading Challenge. Here's how it works:
1) Choose a decade. She recommends starting with one. If you finish you can always come back for another! You will be reading TEN books. One book for each year of the decade you choose. You may choose to sign up for more than one decade from the start. But it's ten books per decade you choose. So it would be committing to twenty books if you choose two.

2) Choose your genre. Or genres. You may choose up to five genres for a single decade. (Two books per genre.) It is up to you if you want a single genre or multiple genres. Genre is different from audience. So if you choose fantasy, you may read fantasy for children, young adults, or adults. But "young adult" is not in and of itself a genre. You can definitely make this challenge your own. For example:

  • sci-fi from the seventies
  • fantasy from the eighties
  • historical fiction from the thirties
  • mysteries from the fifties
  • romances from the forties
  • paranormal from the nineties
3) If you want to make the challenge more difficult, you might consider reading one book per genre per year of your decade. So minimum of ten books, maximum of fifty.

I'm in for Mysteries from the Thirties AND Science Fiction from the Seventies (so a total of 20 books).

1930s Mysteries
1.  The Avenging Parrot by Anne Austin [1930]
2.  The Case of the Painted Girl by Frank King [1931] (1/6/15)
3. Two & Two Make Twenty-Two by Gwen Bristow & Bruce Manning [1932] (7/23/15)
4.  The Case of Colonel Marchand by E. C. R. Lorac [1933] (4/27/15)
5. The Riddle of the Traveling Skull by Harry Stephen Keeler [1934] (6/21/15)
6. The Bat Flies Low by Sax Rohmer [1935]
7. The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey by John Dickson Carr [1936] (4/8/15)
8. Double Cross Purposes by Father Ronald A. Knox [1937] (6/3/15)
9. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene [1938] (3/2/15)
10. The Smiler with the Knife by Nicholas Blake [1939] (4/21/15)

1970s Science Fiction
1. Ringworld by Larry Niven [1970] (8/20/15)
2. Alpha 2 by Robert Silverberg, ed [1971] (1/18/15)
3. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit & Other Plays by Ray Bradbury [1972] (12/15/15)
4. Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home by James Tiptree, Jr. [1973] (1/2/15)
5. The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle [1974] (4/12/15)
6. The Winds Twelve Quarters by Ursula Le Guin [1975] (12/9/15)
7. Spock, Messiah! by Theodore R. Cogswell [1976] (5/8/15)
8. Asimov's Choice: Black Holes & Bug-Eyed Monsters by George H. Scithers, ed [1977] (1/9/15)
9. Strange Wine by Harlan Ellison [1978] (5/21/15)
10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams [1979] 


Becky said...

Welcome to the challenge! I'm so glad you joined. Great decade choices. I'm definitely choosing the 30s for my own decade. And I know I want one decade to be science fiction, I just haven't picked my decade yet! I'll have to do some investigating.

Bev Hankins said...

Becky, I went with the '70s for my SF because I seem to have the most of that decade on my TBR pile.