100 Years of Books


Olga, Albert Rafols-Casamada (Spain 1923-2009)

100 Years of Books is an ongoing projectย where Iย aim to readย a book published in each year from 1850 to 1949. In the processย I hope to increase my knowledge of classics and writers that I might not otherwise encounter.

There’s no schedule, no deadline and I reserve the right to change the list at any time. Life has enough rules already! ๐Ÿ™‚

There are a couple of authors listed twice, but generally I’ll try to read as many different writers as I can. If you have any recommendations for the unallocated years, or even other ideas for the already allocated years,ย I’d love to hear them.

Currently read:ย 43/100

1850 โ€“ The Black Tulip, Alexandre Dumas / The Moorland Cottage, Elizabeth Gaskell

1851 โ€“ Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell

1852 โ€“ Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, Walt Whitman

1853 โ€“ Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell / Bleak House, Charles Dickens

1854 โ€“ Walden, Henry David Thoreau

1855 โ€“ The Warden (Chronicles of Barsetshire #1), Anthony Trollope

1856 โ€“ Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

1857 โ€“ The Professor, Charlotte Bronte / Tom Brown’s School Days, Thomas Hughes

1858 โ€“ The Little Duke, Charlotte Mary Yonge

1859 โ€“ Dora Deane, Mary J Holmes

1860 โ€“ The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

1861 โ€“ Silas Marner, George Eliot

1862 โ€“ Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

1863 โ€“ Eleanor’s Victory, Mary Elizabeth Braddon /ย The Rector (The Chronicles of Carlingford #1), Mrs Oliphant

1864 โ€“ The Light Princess, George McDonald

1865 โ€“ War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

1866 โ€“ Jessica’s First Prayer, Hesba Stretton

1867 โ€“ Cometh up as a Flower, Rhoda Broughton

1868 โ€“ Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

1869 โ€“ Leaves from Australian Forests (collection of poems), Henry Kendall

1870 โ€“ The Thorny Path, Hesba Stretton

1871 โ€“ Middlemarch, George Eliot / The Ladies’ Paradise, Emile Zola

1872 โ€“ In a Glass Darkly, Sheridan Le Fanu / What Katy Did, Susan Coolidge

1873 โ€“ Transcendental Wild Oats, Louisa May Alcott / Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne

1874 โ€“ Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

1875 โ€“ The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope

1876 โ€“ The Manchester Man, Isabella Varley Banks / Peer Gynt, Henrik Ibsen

1877 โ€“ Black Beauty, Anna Sewell / A Peep Behind the Scenes, Mrs O F Walton

1878 โ€“ The Europeans, Henry James

1879 โ€“ A Dolls House, Henrik Isben

1880 โ€“ Heidi, Johanna Spyri

1881 โ€“ Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Margaret Sidney

1882 โ€“ Treasure Island, RL Stevenson

1883 โ€“ Aldersyde, Annie S. Swan

1884 โ€“ Ramona, Helen Hunt Jackson

1885 โ€“

1886 โ€“ The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy

1887 โ€“ A Study in Scarlett (Sherlock Holmes #1), Arthur Conan Doyle

1888 โ€“ย Laddie, Evelyn Whitaker

1889 โ€“ Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome / The Nether World, George Gissing

1890 โ€“ The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow, Mrs Oliphant (Persephone)

1891 โ€“ Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

1892 โ€“ The Yellow Wallpaper (and other stories), Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1893 โ€“ The Odd Women, George Gissing

1894 โ€“ Seven Little Australians, Ethel Turner / The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

1895 โ€“ The Time Machine, H.G. Wells / The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

1896 โ€“ Effi Briest, Theodor Fontane (Persephone)

1897 โ€“ The Wayward Tourist, Mark Twain

1898 โ€“ Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth von Arnim

1899 โ€“ The Awakening, Kate Chopin

1900 โ€“ Claudine at School, Colette

1901 โ€“ My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin / The Making of a Marchioness, Frances Hodgson Burnett (Persephone)

1902 โ€“ Anna of the Five Towns, Arnold Bennett

1903 โ€“ The Call of the Wild, Jack London

1904 โ€“ The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Beatrix Potter / A Dog’s Tale, Mark Twain

1905 โ€“ The Scarlet Pimpernel, Emmuska Orczy

1906 โ€“ The Railway Children, E. Nesbit

1907 โ€“ The Shepherd of the Hills, Harold Bell Wright

1908 โ€“ A Room with a View, E.M.Forster

1909 โ€“ The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

1910 โ€“ The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

1911 โ€“ Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

1912 โ€“ Daddy-Long-Legs, Jean Webster

1913 โ€“ A Lady and Her Husband, Amber Reeves (Persephone)

1914 โ€“ The Man Upstairs, P.G. Wodehouse

1915 โ€“ The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

1916 โ€“ The Family, Elinor Mordaunt

1917 โ€“ Parnassus on Wheels, Christopher Morley

1918 โ€“ My Antonia, Willa Cather

1919 โ€“ The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham

1920 โ€“ The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

1921 โ€“ Alice Adams, Booth Tarkington

1922 โ€“ The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams / The Lark, E. Nesbit

1923 โ€“ Emily of New Moon, L.M. Montgomery

1924 โ€“ The Home-Maker, Dorothy Canfield Fisher

1925 โ€“ The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald / Greenery Street, Denis Mackail

1926 โ€“ The Proper Place, O Douglas (Anna Buchan)

1927 โ€“ To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf / The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder

1928 โ€“ The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer

1929 โ€“ All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

1930 โ€“Diary of a Provincial Lady, EM Delafield / The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

1931 โ€“ All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West / The Country Child, Alison Uttley / The Fortnight in September, R.C. Sherriff

1932 โ€“ Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

1933 โ€“ Frost in May, Antonia White / High Rising, Angela Thirkell

1934 โ€“ A Pin to see the Peep Show, F. Tennyson Jesse / Rumour of Heaven, Beatrix Lehmannย / Trooper to the Southern Cross, Angela Thirkell

1935 โ€“ Mr Norris Changes Trains, Christopher Isherwood

1936 โ€“ Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild / South Riding, Winifred Holtby

1937 โ€“ Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck / The Nutmeg Tree, Margery Sharp

1938 โ€“ Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson

1939 โ€“ And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie / Mrs Miniver, Jan Struther

1940 โ€“ Mariana, Monica Dickens / Bewildering Cares, Winifred Peck

1941 โ€“ Good Evening Mrs Cravenโ€ฆ.., Mollie Panter-Downs

1942 โ€“ The Little Grey Men, B.B.

1943 โ€“ Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

1944 โ€“ Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

1945 โ€“ The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford

1946 โ€“ Britannia Mews, Margery Sharp / The Hollow, Agatha Christie

1947 โ€“ Moondrop to Gascony, Anne Marie Walters / Joy in the Morning, PG Wodehouse

1948 โ€“ I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

1949 โ€“ Little Boy Lost, Marghanita Laski