Simon is hosting another round of A Century of Books, in his words:
“a challenge where you read one book for every year of the 20th century, in as much time as (and in whatever order) you choose.”
Does not this sound tempting?
Basically, I think I am signing up for this. I am announcing this now and not later in the year when we are closer to 2014, because I think I might make an early start. There is no way that I would read as fast as either Simon or Claire, and so finishing would probably take me at least two years. Given how excited I am about this at the moment (and how long I have been anticipating joining this challenge if it was ever organised again), I simply cannot wait to begin!
I assume that I go by the date at which a book was first published. I am not sure how I’ll handle translations: do I stick to the date of the original or of the translation? In case of Dutch books, I think I’ll choose the former.
I am going to try to incorporate as many as I can of the books that I already own. I had a quick look through my shelves yesterday, and the Bloomsbury Ex Libris, VMC and Persephone titles might be particularly useful for this, I think. Of course, this might be considered cheating as these are actually later reissues of the book, but I think it is the only way to make this work for me?
Browsing my shelves also made me realise how many post-2000 books I own when it comes to my “general fiction” shelves. I somehow had not expected that, even if rationally it makes sense since I would have turned 13 in 2000 and would hardly have been buying adult English fiction books at that age (and mostly only read library books at that time anyway).
I will organise a page to keep track of the challenge, so you can all track my slow progress (which, knowing my success rate at challenges, will probably result in failure – but hey, it’s the participation that counts, right?)
Are you thinking of joining?