Hey there flappers and fellas! How’s tricks? The year is winding down, and I’m ready to rouge my knees and roll my stockings down, dance my way to the speakeasy, and get absolutely spifflicated. What’s that? You say the year is 2014 and NOT 1924? Well then, I suppose I’ll have to settle for curling up in my armchair with a hot toddy and READING about the mad times of the Roaring ’20s. Care to join me?
Readers are invited to read novels written by Jazz Age authors, non-fiction about the ’20s and its major figures, and contemporary fiction set during this time period. It’s a great reason to finally read those Hemingway and Fitzgerald books that have been sitting on your shelves for years, learn about how The Great Gatsby came to be, or indulge in a sensational novel about Hemingway’s wives.
I will post a Roaring ’20s Reading Guide midway through December, but to get an idea of what type of books this event celebrates, these are some of the most popular books read for this event last year: (You can see the full list here.)
- The Beautiful and Damned and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
- Vile Bodies and Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
- Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLane
- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
How to Participate:
All you have to do to participate in this event is read at least one Jazz Age book and write about it on your blog! The event will start on January 1, and I will post weekly linkups for participants to share their posts starting January 10. Non-review posts are welcome, too! Feel free to write informational posts about the Jazz Age and its authors, recommendation lists, or anything that catches your fancy.
If you plan on joining the fun, please sign up using the Mister Linky widget at the bottom of this post. Sign-ups are open all through January, so if you don’t find out about this event until after it starts, don’t be discouraged! Anyone is welcome to join at any time.
Please grab the button at the top of this post and post it somewhere on your blog, like in an introductory post or in the sidebar, to share this event with others and help spread the word!
If you’d like to share your posts or discuss the event on Twitter, use the hashtag #JazzAgeJan.
If you participated in Jazz Age January last year, what was your favorite book? If you are participating for the first time, what do you think you’ll read?