When Are You Reading?

Sam at Taking on a World of Words is hosting a When are you reading? challenge that I am pledging to complete.  The challenge is based on when a work is set (or written).  I have reproduced her rules below.  Check it out and join me!

Thanks, Sam!


It’s a short challenge, only 12 books, which challenges you to read books set or published in different time periods. Those periods are:

  • Pre 1500
  • 1500-1599
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

At only one book a month, this one has always been fast and fun. Often I find the books I was going to read anyway fit into the time periods. There are very few ‘rules’ associated with the challenge. I put it in quotations because you’re free to do what you want with it.


  • My pre 1500 book is Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time, which focuses on Richard III, who lived in the 1400s.  I blogged about it here.
  • My 1600-1699 book is Stacy Schiff’s The Witches: Salem, 1692.  I blogged about it here.
  • My 1960-1979 book is Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.  I blogged about it here.