Century of Books Project

I read about A Century of Books here at the blog Stuck in a Book (and here is Stuck in a Book’s 2012 Century of Books completed project). The idea is to read one book from each year of a century, whatever century you choose, to total 100 books. Simon at Stuck in a Book chose the century from 1914-2013.

I’m going to choose the century from 1851-1950. And for the purposes of my project, books can either be set in the particular year indicated or published in that year.

Project beginning date: January, 2014.

1851: The King of the Golden River or The Black Brothers: A Legend of Stiria by John Ruskin. I have a copy of this children’s classic, published in 1851.
1852: Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Published 1852-1853 in installments.
1853: Ruth by Mrs.(Elizabeth) Gaskell. Published in 1853.
1854: The Lamplighter by Maria Susanna Cummins. Published in 1854.
1855: The Warden by Anthony Trollope. Published in 1855.
1856: John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik. Published in 1856.
1857: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. Published in book form in 1857.
1858: Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale. Setting, 1858, published in 2012.
1859: Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy. Published in 1859.

1861: READ March by Geraldine Brooks. Setting, 1861, published in 2006. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2006).
1862: Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti. Published in 1862.
1864: Choke Creek by Lauren Small. Setting, 1864, published in 2009.
1865: The March by E.L. Doctorow. Setting, 1864-65, published in 2005.
1866: Miss Marjoribanks (The Chronicles of Carlingford #5) by Margaret Oliphant.
1868: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Published in 1868.
1870: The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl. Setting 1867-1870, published in 2009.

1871: At the Back of the North Wind by George Macdonald. Published in 1871.
1874: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. Published in 1874.
1875: The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope. Published in 1875.
1876: Rose in Bloom by Louisa may Alcott. Published in 1876. Re-read.
1879: A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird.
1880: Aunt Charlotte’s Evenings at Home With the Poets. A collection of poems for the Young, with conversations, arranged in twenty five evenings, etc. by Charlotte Mary Yonge. Published in 1880.

1881: Silver Canyon by Louis L’Amour. Set in Utah Territory, 1881, published in 1957.
1883: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire by Howard Pyle. Published in 1883.
1884: With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz.
1885: The Ox-bow Incident by Walter Van Tilberg Clark. Setting 1885, published in 1940.
1886: Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome.
1888: The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling. Published in 1888.
1889: The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter’s Tale by Robert Louis Stevenson.
1890: Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson. Set in the last decade of the nineteenth century, published in 1945.

1891: The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
1892: The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith.
1893: Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion by G.A. Henty. Published in 1893.
1894: Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner.
1895: Wulf The Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest by G.A. Henty. Published in 1895.
1896: The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac by Eugene Field. Published in 1896.
1897: Travels in West Africa by Mary Henrietta Kingsley. Published in 1897.
1898: Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim. Published in 1898.
1899: Parables of the Christ-Life by Lilias Trotter. Published in 1899.
1900: Beautiful Dreamer by Joan Naper. Set in Chicago, 1900, published in 2010. Reviewed by Sarah Johnson at Reading the Past.

1901: The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris.
1902: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James. Published in 1902.
1904: By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson. Published in 1904.
Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin. Published in 1904.
1905: The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton. Published in 1905.
1906: Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling. Published in 1906.
1907: Songs of a Sourdough by Robert W. Service. Published in 1907.
1908: The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W.H. Davies. Published in 1908.
1909: Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset. Published in 1909.
1910: When a Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Published in 1910.

1911: Flambards by K.M. Peyton. Set during the period 1910-1918, published in 1967.
1912: The Four Men: A Farrago by Hilaire Belloc. Published in 1912.
1913: Trent’s Last Case by E.C. Bentley. Published in 1913.
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle (The Women of the Real Downton Abbey #1) by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon. Setting 1913-19?, published in 2011.
by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon
1914: The Three Sisters by May Sinclair. Published in 1914.
1915: The Star of Gettysburg by Joseph Altsheler. Published in 1915.
READ: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. Setting 1915, published in 2007.
1916: Uneasy Money by P.G. Wodehouse. Published in the U.S. in 1916.
1917: The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley. Published in 1917.
1918: READ: Risked (The Missing: Book 6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Setting 1918, published in 2013. (no review at Semicolon)
1919: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen. Setting 1914-1931, published in 1937.
1920: The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim. Published in 1920.

1921: Penny Plain by Anna Buchan. Published in 1921.
1922: Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini. Published in 1922.
1923: My Garden of Memory: An Autobiography by Kate Douglas Wiggin. Published in 1923.
1924: The Dream Coach by Anne Parrish. Published in 1924. Newbery Honor Book in 1925.
Theras and His Town by Caroline Snedeker. Published in 1924.
1925: The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. Published in 1925.
1927: The Midnight Folk by John Masefield. Published in 1927.
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Published in 2013.
1928: The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald A. Knox. Published in 1928.
The Bishop’s Wife by Robert Nathan. Published in 1928.
1929: Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle. Set in 1929, published in 2006.
1930: Meggy Macintosh by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Published in 1930. Newbery Honor Book in 1931.
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. Published in 1930.

1931: Endurance by Frank Arthur Worsley. Setting, 1914-1916, published in 1931.
1932: Cold Comfort Farm by StellaGibbons. Published in 1932.
1933: The House of Exile by Nora Waln. Published in 1933.
1934: READ: Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson. (no review at Semicolon)
1935: READ: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940 by William Manchester. Published in 1988.
1936: READ:The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Setting, 1936, published in 2013.
1937: Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos. Published in 1937.
1938: Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson by D.A. Carson. Setting, 1937-1992, published in 2008.
1939: Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther. Published in 1939.
1940: Growing Pains: Diaries And Drawings From The Years 1908-17 by Wanda Gág. Published in 1940.

1941: Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre. Setting, 1941-1945, published in 2007.
Mrs. Tim Carries On (Leaves from the Diary of an Officer’s Wife in the Year 1940) by D. E. (Dorothy Emily) Stevenson. Setting, 1940, published in 1941.
1942: Pied Piper by Nevil Shute. Setting, 1940, published in 1942.
Tragedy at Law (Francis Pettigrew #1) by Cyril Hare. Published in 1942.
1943: London War Notes, 1939-1945 by Mollie Panter-Downes. Published in 1971.
1944: Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre. Setting, 1944, published in 2012.
Fair Stood the Wind for France by H.E. Bates. Published in 1944.
1945: Captain from Castile by Samuel Shellabarger. Published in 1945.
Mr. Wilmer by Robert Lawson. Published in 1945.
1946: The Moving Toyshop (Gervase Fen #3) by Edmund Crispin. Setting, 1938, published in 1946.
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. Published in 1946, winner of the Carnegie Medal.
1947: The Chequer Board by Nevill Shute. Published in 1947.
1948: The Lark in the Morn (The Haverard Family #1) by Elfrida Vipont. Published in 1948.
1949: Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill. Published in 1949. Newbery Honor Book in 1950.
1950: The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. Published in 1950.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Set in 1950 New Orleans, published in 2013.

1 thought on “Century of Books Project

  1. Sherry, it is quite an accomplishment just to make this list. I love it!

    From it, I’ve read Bleak House, The Warden, The Moonstone, all titles from 1871-1879, Robin Hood, Larkrise to Candleford, The White Company, Beric the Briton, Wulf the Saxon, Out of Africa, Penny Plain, The Footsteps at the Lock, Endurance, Cold Comfort Farm, Miss Buncle’s Book, Boys in the Boat, and The Little White Horse.

    There are several titles on my shelves. I’m just entranced by this idea of reading through a century. Thanks for several moments of joyful recollection and eager anticipation.

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