Saturday: Jazz Age January


So, I’ve decided that Saturday posts will be dedicated to all things literary. I’ve been posting a lot about my reading plans and goals for the upcoming year over the past few weeks because:
1. It’s just that time of year.
2. Readership is down anyway.
3. Signing up requires a post!

I’m really excited to talk about Jazz Age January because it’s one of my favorite time periods to read about. Last year, I read some really bad books set in the Jazz Age (you can disagree, but The Paying Guests, The Chaperone, and The Girls at the Kingfisher Club were all horrible, in my opinion. The Paying Guests and The Chaperone were both stories that could honestly have taken place during any other time period. I was hoping that The Paying Guests would focus more on class differences). I loved a novel that I read about Zelda Fitzgerald, but when I tried to read Zelda’s novel, I just got a headache. (Someone find an editor!)

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So, I thought that I’d go on and read a few Jazz Age books this month and share a review at the end! You can read more about it and sign up and link up your reviews here! There is even a great Jazz Age guide for reading ideas! (Yay!)

This month, I’ll be trying out:

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

If I Have Time:

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J Mann

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (splits between the present and the Jazz Age)

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Any more suggestions?

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3 Comments

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes | January 3, 2015 | Reply

    Thanks for signing up! I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads more than the other Jazz Age books you read in the last year. Careless People is very good (I thought the central premise was a bit weak, but overall it’s a fantastic examination of Fitzgerald’s influences), and I enjoyed The Beautiful and Damned last year.


    • Sarah | January 4, 2015 | Reply

      Thanks! I’m always looking for a really good Jazz Age book. I think maybe my high expectations leave me disappointed? I never ended up finishing the Paris Wife, but that’s because I knew it was going to make me cry. Otherwise, I’d have that one on my list! Thanks for putting together the list/link up!


  • What I Read: December Edition - Seriously, Sarah?Seriously, Sarah? | January 6, 2015 | Reply

    […] the cool cover. It was far fetched and odd. I’m not giving up, so I’m participating in Jazz Age January in order to read some more books set or written during the Jazz Age or about the Jazz […]


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