I began this challenge a couple of years ago, completed 25% of it then it got away from me. Simon of Stuck in a Book and Claire of Captive Reader have resurrected it for 2018. I decided I would try to contribute more titles to this challenge again. I really enjoy the books of the 20th Century and I am sure I have enough of them on my shelves that are not read I could seek out. Fingers crossed.
Century of Books Challenge
- 1911: Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
- 1920 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- 1926: Before the Bombardment by Osbert Sitwell
- 1927: Patrol by Philip MacDonald
- 1932: Across Lapland by Olive Murray Chapman; Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
- 1933: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell;
- 1938: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- 1939: Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
- 1942: Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner
- 1943: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
- 1945: Animal Farm– George Orwell – Penguin Books.
- 1946: King Penguin- A Book of Toys by Gwen White – Penguin Books
- 1948: Painting As A Pastime by Winston Churchill
- 1949: Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household- Penguin Books
- 1951: A Rough Shoot by Geoffrey Household – Penguin Books
- 1955 Reunion in Florida by Tod Claymore
- 1957: The Comforters by Muriel Sparks and The Pink & the Brown by Hugh Atkinson and The Eye of Love by Margery Sharp
- 1958: A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney (Play)
- 1961: Fairy Tales of New York by J. P. Donleavy – Random House
- 1963: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin – Dial Press
- 1964: A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
- 1967: The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
- 1968: The Fatal Impact by Alan Moorehead
- 1972 All Creatures Great and Small- James Herriot
- 1973: The Old Dog Barks Backwards by Ogden Nash
- 1975: The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
- 1977: Apple of My Eye by Helene Hanff
- 1984: Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
- 1987: The Carousel by Rosamunde Pilcher
- 1991 A Bike Ride by Anne Mustoe
- 1992 A Fence Around the Cuckoo by Ruth Park
- 1995: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- 1998: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
(The following is a “Maybe” as a couple of others doing this challenge are reading the years 1919 to 2018.) We’ll see.
- 2010: A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life by Juanita Phillips (so much fun to read)
- 2011: I’m Over All That by Shirley MacLaine
- 2014: The Truth About theHarry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker
- 2016: The Mad Magpie by Gregg Dreise
- 2017. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (so far my favourite book of the year. Very funny.)
- 2018: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
8 thoughts on “Century of Books Continues”
I’m in awe of people who are planning to do this in a year. Your approach seems much more manageable especially if you want to keep your sanity.
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I like the idea of this. I think Lisa has it running somewhere on her blog too. Is the rule to only include books you’ve reviewed on your blog/s? I certainly wouldn’t do it in one year but, like you, as an interesting exercise.
Yes the book must be reviewed, but in my case I will just talk about it as I don’t do formal reviews. Others do that so much better than I do and I don’t like the idea of having to do a more formal review hanging over my head while I’m reading the book. I did review the previous books on my list in blogspot but the links became broken when blogspot crashed on me. Though I have noticed once in awhile they do work. Who knows? It is fun. I would like to find some older Australian books to fill in some of the dates. Would be fun.
this appears to be an interesting challenge… are the years when the book was published? or written?… no, that’s silly; it must be the first… and are the books ones you’ve just read this year?
It is when the book was published. The people who set up this challenge are doing all the books in one year. I will take (have taken) more time. I will read them as I go, then post them up. To me the speed of reading doesn’t matter, I just want to experience books in that time of history. If you don’t follow Simon of Stuck in a Book you might find his posts interesting as he loves the old authors and books, especially around WWI and II.
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tx; i’ll take a look…
Hurrah! Happy reading.
Now- to get started. I love the beginning of a new year!! haha
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