The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge 2018/19 begins today!

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge 2018-2019 begins today, June 1st! To sponsor me & pledge, click here:

My plan is read the 50 books on my list in chronological order. It should be very interesting to see how British and American fiction evolved from 1800 to now. I’m looking forward to tracing modern fiction’s development: Romantic to Victorian to the Transcendental movement to Naturalism and Realism through to the Existentialists and the Beats on towards my favorite literary period, the Modernist movement (roughly 1900-1930s), which effected all kinds of art, including painting and music, finally ending my journey with Post-Modernist and contemporary literature. (If I get that far!)

Modern fiction is sometimes said to have started in roughly 1700 or even around 1750, but I chose 1800 as my starting date. For any kind of art, history, or social science, to name just a few, these dates are just ways of looking at artistic shifts in a cultural light. Usually no one gets hung up on when one period ends and another begins, mainly because those shifts become very easy to detect.

For fun and for arguments sake, I included this literature timeline, covering works from all different countries.

To see the complete list of 50 books, go to the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page: or to my blog at

I challenged myself to read 50 books in one year (6/1/18 – 6/1/19) as a fundraiser to benefit, the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.

I’m asking folks to sponsor by pledging a $ per book read. You can $1, $2, any amount you like,and you won’t need to pay until after 6/1/19, when you’ll receive an invoice based on the number of books I’ve read. To sponsor me & pledge, click here:

To follow along with all the 50 in 52 Project blog posts, you can find all the links here:


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