2018 When Are You Reading? Challenge

I admit I wasn’t going to join the challenge this year, but I had so much fun during the previous three years (click to see lists for 2015 , 2016 and 2017) that I have finally given in. Better late than never right? So as of today, I am officially signing myself up for the fifth edition (my fourth) of the WHEN ARE YOU READING? challenge! This challenge is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and you can still sign up in case you are interested. This challenge is all about reading books either published or set in twelve different time periods… The perfect way of reading books of different eras!


  • Determination of what year a book belongs in is the decision of the participant. On the whole, choose a year where the largest part of the action occurs or the most important event.

Below I will be adding the titles I have managed to read for each era, only this time I will do things differently and not add every book to the list, just one or two for each era depending on the color each title has. Because like previous years, I have divided my reads into two categories: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color.

The challenge includes 12 books from the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
    # The Year Of The Snake – by M.J. Trow (1st century)
    # Jilliand – by Clare Gutierrez (800s)
  • 1500-1599
    # A Castle In Romagna – by Igor Stiks (1535/1948/1995)
  • 1600-1699
    # Girl With A Pearl Earring (1660s)
  • 1700-1799
    # The Unbinding Of Mary Reade – by Miriam McNamara (1704-1720) 
    # The Poison Plot – by Elaine Forman Crane (1738-1739) DNF
  • 1800-1899
    # The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter – by Julia Drosten (1803-1822)
  • 1900-1919
    # All Things Bright And Strange – by James Markert (1917-1920)
  • 1920-1939
    # Murder On The Orient Express – by Agatha Christie (1926)
    # What Blooms From Dust – by James Markert (1935)
  • 1940-1959
    # Salt To The Sea – by Ruta Sepetys (1945)
  • 1960-1979
    # The Letter For The King – by Tonke Dragt (1962)
    # The Silent Kookaburra – by Liza Perrat (1970s)
  • 1980-1999
    # Born a Crime – by Trevor Noah (1990s)
  • 2000-Present
    # Barbed Wire Heart – by Tess Sharpe (2018)
  • The Future:
    # Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2044-2045)
    # Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu (2132)

Currently 12 out of 12 time periods read.

Have you joined this challenge this year? Do you tend to read a lot of books set or published in different eras? Feel free to comment! 🙂


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11 thoughts on “2018 When Are You Reading? Challenge

    • I’m trying to only do challenges that I will be able to complete without too much of a struggle, so that’s why I signed up late for this one (since I somehow already filled 10 of the slots without trying haha). Good to hear you enjoyed Salt To The Sea as well!


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