Once an idea strikes me, I can never resist starting up a blog-community-project, whether that be a readalong or My Life in Books or A Century of Books or whatever. This particular idea excites me, because it is endlessly reusable, and should create something really interesting: welcome to The 1924 Club, which I’m co-running with the very lovely Karen of Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings. I’m thrilled she agreed to run this with me, as you’d have to go a long way to find a blogger as well-read, engaging, enthusiastic, and generally fab as Karen.
What is the 1924 Club?
Glad you asked. The idea is to get everyone reading from a particular year – reading whatever you’d like to, so long as it was published in 1924. Then Karen and I can bring together all the reviews (and as many reviews of 1924 books that are already on people’s blogs as possible) and we’ll have a great overview of the year. It should be really fascinating, to get a wide and varied sense of what was going on in publishing throughout one year.
It could have been many different years, really, but 1924 seemed to have a lot of significant works published, as well as generally being an interesting time. If the project is a success, we can repeat it in the future with other years.
How do I take part?
Just post your reviews of a book or books published in 1924 between 19-31 October; during that time we’ll also have gathering-up posts available where you can let us know links to your reviews, as well as any other 1924 book reviews you’ve ever written. Later we’ll do round-up posts with links. And do feel free to use the button/badge!
What should I read?
Ideally, what you want to read! Hopefully you’ve got a few books on your shelf that would suit – you might need to do a little bit of homework, but that should be fun too. I’ve got a few up my sleeve, but I’m planning to read The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby, for instance, and maybe The Garden of Folly by Stephen Leacock.
This Wikipedia list and this Goodreads list are also helpful (a word of warning – double-check the Goodreads suggestions before committing to them! Some are a little off in their dates). And, if you’re stuck, here are some possibilities:
A Man in the Zoo by David Garnett
Skylark by Dezső Kosztolányi
The Green Hat by Michael Arlen
The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The Rector’s Daughter by F.M. Mayor
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
Pink Sugar by O. Douglas
The Matriarch by G.B. Stern
Something Childish by Katherine Mansfield
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
Messalina of the Suburbs by E.M. Delafield
Seducers in Ecuador by Vita Sackville-West
When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
But, more than anything, I’m hoping you’ll surprise us by hunting out unexpected 1924 gems!
Let us know if you’re planning on joining in, and do share any advance tips for 1924 wonders…