MarySmith’sPlace – #Reading challenge 2019

New Year/New Challenge! I’ve signed up to Sam Ann Elizabeth’s reading challenge ‘When Are You Reading?’ You can find the details here.

Basically, it means reading one book from each of twelve time periods from pre-1300 up to the future. I can see some of the time periods may be a challenge as they are so far out of my usual reading zone but excited to have to try something new.


It is up to the participant to determine what year a book belongs in. She suggests choosing a year where the largest part of the action occurs or the most important event.

The first book I’ve read for the challenge is Kate Atkinson’s Transcription, which has a brief beginning and ending in 1981 but the bulk of the story takes place in 1940 and 1950 so it slots very nicely into the 1940-1959 time period. I’m off the starting block!

These are the time periods:








1940-1959: Transcription by Kate Atkinson




The Future:

Why not give it a go? At only twelve books through the year it feels like it should be do-able, doesn’t it? Sign up here.


22 thoughts on “MarySmith’sPlace – #Reading challenge 2019

  1. Wow, that’s quite a challenge! I’m so far behind on my the reading I’m already committed to doing, I don’t dare take on something like this. At least not any time soon. But I wish you well with this one, and hope you find suitable books you really enjoy! I’ll be interested in seeing how you do, and which books you choose. Good luck! 🙂 ❤

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  2. I quite like the look of this one, not prescriptive (other than the obvious) and only 12 so doesn’t interfere too much with other reading. By default I suspect some of the other reading would probably fit into some of those periods anyway. Good luck and happy reading.

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  3. Mary, this is a brilliant new type of reading challenge! 😀. I think the first challenge is to find books set in each of the eras … have fun with the twelve books and look forward to learning about your choices. I’ll bookmark this and see if I join in. Happy Reading! X

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    • Do join in, Annika. Sam, who runs it on her blog has done it five times already but only heard about just before Christmas when I discovered her blog through Cathy who had just completed the challenge. It will be good for me to read books set in time periods I never read.

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  5. I’m sorry I’m so late to this post, Mary. Somehow it didn’t get into my feed. Anyway, I love the idea. I’ve enjoyed all of Kate Atkinson’s book and the way she skips time in the last two that I read. Would you recommend Transcriptions? I look forward to finding out what books you choose for each time period. xo

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