Today’s guest Tara Nichols is giving herself an eagle-eye view of the last century’s literary landscape. Her mission — which she’s been planning for QUITE a while — is to read one book published each year between 1920 and 2019. The challenge brings with it a lot of important questions… what is worth her time? Is it better to read the big important book from a given year, or the title she thinks she’ll enjoy most? And the question she’s hoping to answer after the year is over… has literature changed in all this time?
We’re discussing all those things and MORE, before getting to my challenge. I’m pitching 3 books worthy of adding to her lineup, including a book that is considered by some to be “the best mystery story ever written.”
Are you ready? Let’s get to it!
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Author Judy Blume (try Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret)
• Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
• The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morten
• Atonement, by Ian McEwan
• Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
♥ A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
• Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
♥ The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne
♥ The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
▵ The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
• Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama
• Becoming, by Michelle Obama
• The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament, by Aubrey Sampson
• The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie
• O Pioneers, by Willa Cather
• My Antonia, by Willa Cather
• The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
• The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
• As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
• The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
• The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene
• Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, by Winifred Watson
• Our Town, by Thornton Wilder
• To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han
• Native Son, by Richard Wright
• How to Read A Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, by Mortimer J. Adler
• The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson
• The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
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What books do YOU think Tara should include in her year of reading historically? Tell us in the comments!