Back in January I embarked on a reading challenge, to read one YA book for each decade from 1930 (or before) forward. Today I conquered this challenge by finishing my last book. It was a wonderful experience reading all these books written several decades ago and I would highly recommend it. I know I will try to do this challenge again next year and I encourage all my readers to try it. You don't have to do it with YA titles. Just think back over all the books you've always wanted to read but never took the time. Here's your chance! This is a list of the books I read:
1930s or before: The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain (1885)
I listened to this in audio format with the family. I realized after about chapter one that I had never read it before. (Can you believe that?) No wonder it is called the Great American Novel!
1940s: Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman (1947)
This novel was based on the true love story of Catherine Mary and Mike Flanigan who lived in the far north of Canada in the early 1900s. This book has been touted as a romance novel but I feel it is better categorized as historical fiction.
1950s: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (1952)
The third book in the wonderful Chronicles of Narnia series. Dawn Treader is coming to the big screen this December so my daughters and I read this aloud together while we vacationed in preparation for the movie. We are all huge Narnia fans.
1960s: Camilla by Madeline L'Engle (1964) (Originally: Camilla Dickinson in 1951)
This book seemed so dated that I was distracted the whole time I was reading it thinking there is no way that this story is set in the 1960s. I was right. It was originally written in the early 1950s.
1970s: The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene (1973)
Read my review here.
1980s: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
Classic YA Sci-Fi.
1990s: Staying Fat for Sarah Brynes by Chris Crutcher (1993)
I’m turning into a huge Chris Crutcher fan. He grapples with difficult topics that teens confront in their lives. Even though this book is nearly twenty years old it is still relevant today.
2000s: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (2009)
See my review here.
2010s: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (2010)
This book will be one of my Mock Printz book this January. See my review.