2016 When Are You Reading? Challenge

when are you reading challenge

Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

The only rule is to read a book set (or published if you can’t tell when it’s set) within each of these eras…

Pre 1500:

  • Metamorphoses by Ovid (Arthur Golding’s 1567 translation) [Set in BC era]
  • Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre [Set in the late 15th Century]
  • Come Close by Sappho [Set in BC era]
  • Circles of Hell (Little Black Classic) by Dante [Completed c.1320]
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro [Set immediately after Arthurian Britain, c.6 AD]


  • The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe [Set in 1584]


  • Antonio’s Revenge by John Marston [Written c.1600]
  • The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster [Written c.1612]
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defore [Set between 1659 and 1687]


  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis [Published in 1796]


  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [Published in 1818]
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Published in 1818]
  • The Vampyre by John William Polidori [Published 1819]
  • A Slip Under the Microscope by H. G. Wells [Published in 1896]
  • A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin [Set in the 1890s]
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [Set in the 1880s]
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [Published in 1890]
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe [Published in 1843]
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo [Set between 1815 and 1832]
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters [Set in the 1890s]
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [Published in 1898]


  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [Published in 1915]
  • His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [Published in 1917]



  • Animal Farm by George Orwell [Set in the 1940s]
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters [Set between 1941 and 1947]


  • High-Rise by J. G. Ballard [Published in 1975]
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick [Set in 1962]


  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling [Set in 1991/1992]
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling [Set in 1992/1993]
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling [Set in 1993/1994]
  • Die Trying by Lee Child [Published in 1998]
  • Tripwire by Lee Child [Published in 1999]
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill [Published in 1983]
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling [Set in 1994/1995]
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling [Set in 1995/1996]
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling [Set in 1996/1997]
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling [Set in 1997/1998]
  • King Rat by China Miéville [Set in the late 1990s]
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx [Published in 1993]


  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn [Published in 2015]
  • The Visitor by Lee Child [Published in 2000]
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater [Set post 2010]
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas [Published in 2012]
  • Echo Burning by Lee Child [Published in 2001]
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini [Published in 2002]
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini [Published in 2005]
  • The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan [Published in 2012]
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan [Published in 2005]
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan [Published in 2006]
  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan [Published in 2007]
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn [Published in 2006]
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn [Published in 2009]
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan [Published in 2013]
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan [Published in 2014]
  • Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh [Published in 2009]
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan [Published in 2016]
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Set in 2002]
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson [Set in 2002]
  • Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon [Published in 2012]

The Future:

  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley [Set in AD 2540]
  • The Kill Order by James Dashner
  • The Last Man by Mary Shelley
  • He, She and It by Marge Piercy [Set in 2059]

Updated: 3oth November 2016