100 Years of Books

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

100 Years of Books is an ongoing project where I am aiming to read a book published in each year from 1850 to 1949. In the process 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! 🙂

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, I’d love to hear them.

If I review a book, I’ll link to my review. I’m not great at writing reviews, so don’t expect many!

Here we go….

1850 – The Black Tulip, Alexandre Dumas

1851 – Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell

1852 –

1853 – Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell

1854 –

1855 – The Warden (Chronicles of Barsetshire #1), Anthony Trollope

1856 – Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

1857 –

1858 – Phantastes, George MacDonald

1859 – The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

1860 –

1861 –

1862 – Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

1863 –

1864 –

1865 – War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

1866 –

1867 – Cometh up as a Flower, Rhoda Broughton

1868 – Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

1869 –

1870 – The Thorny Path, Hesba Stretton

1871 – Middlemarch, George Eliot

1872 –

1873 –

1874 –

1875 –

1876 –

1877 –

1878 –

1879 – A Dolls House, Henrik Isben

1880 – Heidi, Johanna Spyri

1881 –

1882 –

1883 –

1884 –

1885 –

1886 – The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy

1887 – A Study in Scarlett (Sherlock Holmes #1), Arthur Conan Doyle

1888 – Laddie, Evelyn Whitaker

1889 – Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome

1890 – The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

1891 –

1892 –

1893 –

1894 – The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

1895 – The Time Machine, H.G.Wells

1896 –

1897 – The Wayward Tourist, Mark Twain

1898 –

1899 –

1900 –

1901 – My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin

1902 –

1903 – The Call of the Wild, Jack London

1904 –

1905 – The Scarlet Pimpernel, Emmuska Orczy

1906 – The Railway Children, E. Nesbit

1907 – The Shepherd of the Hills, Harold Bell Wright

1908 – A Room with a View, E.M.Forster

1909 –

1910 –

1911 – The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

1912 –

1913 –

1914 – The Man Upstairs, P.G. Wodehouse

1915 –

1916 –

1917 –

1918 –

1919 –

1920 – The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

1921 –

1922 – The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

1923 –

1924 – The Home-Maker, Dorothy Canfield Fisher

1925 – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

1926 – Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh #1), A.A. Milne

1927 –

1928 – Orlando, Virginia Woolf

1929 –

1930 – High Wages, Dorothy Whipple

1931 – All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West

1932 –

1933 – High Rising, Angela Thirkell

1934 –

1935 –

1936 – Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild

1937 –

1938 – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson

1939 – And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

1940 – Mariana, Monica Dickens

1941 – Good Evening Mrs Craven….., Mollie Panter-Downs

1942 –

1943 – Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

1944 –

1945 – Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh / The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford

1946 – Britannia Mews, Margery Sharp

1947 –

1948 –

1949 –

2 thoughts on “100 Years of Books

  1. You have some wonderful choices already in your century. You might like to have a look at Simon’s blog Stuck in a Book for ideas for 1947
    http://tinyurl.com/y6vxqd7c
    I like the idea of having a structure for your reading but no firm rules. I don’t generally like reading challenges (Simon & Karen’s Clubs where they choose a year to read from) are the only ones I participate in. As you say, there are too many rules in life already. Love the portrait of Olga btw. I’ve never heard of the artist.

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    1. I know Simon from Instagram! 🙂 He has some great recommendations! I only discovered Persephone books this year so I am working my way through them. I am completely in love with Dorothy Whipple!

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