Reading a Century of Books

Inspired by Simon from Stuck-in-a-Book, among others, at the beginning of 2014 I decided to try to read a book from each year 1914-2013. However, I’m not setting myself a time limit, the only rule is that the book was originally published in that year, and I’m not going to get all obsessed about it!

Titles in grey – on the TBR but not yet read (I know that I will have other books that fit missing years on here, but I’m not going to go through my whole library searching them out. Not yet, anyway. This is for books on the TBR and selected for my Months of Re-Reading and is secondary to those reading plans.)

Titles with a link – read and the link is to the review

1914 Robert Tressell – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

1915 Rupert Brooke – 1914 and Other Poems

1916 Arnold Bennett – These Twain (e-book)

1917 Dorothy Richardson – Honeycomb

1918 Herbert Jenkins – Patricia Brent, Spinster (e-book)

1919

1920 Mary Webb – The House in Dorner Forest

1921 John Galsworthy – To Let

1922

1923

1924

1925 Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway

1926 Elinor Brent-Dyer – Jo of the Chalet School

1927 Elizabeth Bowen – The Hotel

1928 Susan Glaspell – Brook Evans

1929 Nella Larsen – Passing

1930 Vita Sackville-West – The Edwardians

1931 Joanna Cannan – High Table

1932 E. H. Young – Jenny Wren

1933 Vera Brittain – Testament of Youth

1934 Winifred Holtby – The Crowded Street

1935 Francis Brett Young – White Ladies

1936 Georgette Heyer – The Talisman Ring

1937 Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes were Watching God

1938 Angela Thirkell – Pomfret Towers

1939

1940

1941

1942

1943 D.E. Stevenson – The Two Mrs Abbotts

1944 Cornelia Otis Skinner – Our Hearts Were Young and Gay

1945 Mary Lavin – The House in Clewe Street

1946

1947 Mollie Panter-Downes – One Fine Day

1948 Ruth Park – The Harp in the South

1949 Dorothy Whipple – Because of the Lockwoods

1950

1951 Robertson Davies – Tempest Tost

1952 Gwen Raverat – Period Piece

1953 Iris Murdoch – Sartre

1954

1955

1956 Patricia K. Caldwell – Prefects at Vivians

1957 Paul Gallico – Mrs ‘Arris goes to Paris

1958

1959 E. R. Braithwaite – To Sir, With Love

1960

1961 Attia Hosain – Sunlight on a Broken Column

1962

1963

1964 G.S. Fraser – The Modern Writer and his World

1965

1966 Harold Nicolson – Letters and Diaries Vol. 1

1967

1968 Halldor Laxness – Under the Glacier

1969

1970

1971 Josephine Pullein-Thompson – Race Horse Holiday

1972 Jane Aiken Hodge – The Double Life of Jane Austen

1973

1974 James Aldridge – The Marvellous Mongolian

1975 Ruth Adam – A Woman’s Place

1976 Joan Russell Noble – Recollections of Virginia Woolf

1977 Diana Mosley – A Life of Contrasts

1978 Eric Newby – The Big Red Train Ride

1979

1980 James Lees-Milne – Harold Nicolson Vol. 1

1981

1982

1983 Victor Skipp – The Making of Victorian Birmingham

1984 Mary Hocking – Good Daughters

1985

1986

1987 Michael Swan – Learner English

1988

1989

1990 Dorothy Sheridan – Wartime Women

1991

1992

1993

1994 Veronica Stallwood – Oxford Exit

1995 Jane Smiley – Moo

1996 Simon Armitage – Moon Country

1997 Laura Kriska – The Accidental Office Lady

1998 Diana Wynne Jones – Dark Lord of Derkholm

1999 Alice Thomson – The Singing Line

2000 Roger Deakin – Waterlog

2001 John Sergeant – Give me Ten Seconds

2002 Paul Magrs – Strange Boy

2003 Michael Simkins – What’s my Motivation?

2004 Chitra Divakaruni – Queen of Dreams

2005 Jeremy Lewis – Penguin Special

2006 Simon Elmes – Talking for Britain

2007 Lindy Woodhead – Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge

2008 Stephen Miller – Smart Blonde: Dolly Parton

2009 Martin Cutts – Oxford Guide to Plain English

2010 Dorian Lynskey – 33 Revolutions Per Minute: a History of Protest Songs

2011 Julian Holland – Mapping the Railways

2012 The Persephone Book of Short Stories

2013 Virago is 40: A Celebration

Note: I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to have a rule of one book only by each author – I may replace doubles if I find another book. No rules is the rule!

58 Comments (+add yours?)

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    Jan 01, 2014 @ 14:23:10

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  3. Chrys Schlapak
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:09:53

    Love this idea, going to have to try it too!

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    • Liz at Libro
      Jan 10, 2014 @ 15:36:08

      Yes, it’s a fun thing to do, but I’m not pushing it or aiming to finish by a particular deadline, just seeing where it takes me!

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  4. Birthday Haul | Adventures in reading, writing and working from home
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 12:10:45

  5. Luci
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 13:14:23

    1914 suggestions
    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
    Dubliners by James Joyce
    Lucy Fitch Perkins, The Eskimo Twins – I’ve just discovered the Twin books, or some of them, are available as Kindle freebies!
    Lots of boarding school stories – at least two Angela Brazil books, and an Elsie Oxenham

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    • Liz at Libro
      Jan 29, 2014 @ 13:18:58

      Aha – thank you. I have had the RT Philanthropists in the past and given them away (ha ha) but might pick that up again. Good news re school stories, too. Phew!

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  49. hopewellslibraryoflife
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 20:10:24

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    • Liz Dexter
      Aug 12, 2016 @ 16:35:57

      Wow – you’ve only got a few gaps (and I cover two of those so you’re welcome to use those ideas! Did you do it “organically” or on purpose? I’m trying to do it as I read, although I did look up books for certain years … but then I got to read The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, which was excellent, so all good!

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