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 GÃ¡g. 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 Officerâ€™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.