Century of Books


This year heralds a truly challenging challenge! The Century of Books, started and hosted by Simon at Stuck in a Book, is running again for 2014.

I really wanted to challenge myself to read 100 books for this challenge all in this year, but it's just not going to be feasible, so in order to enjoy my century of books I will be taking the 2 year option and splitting my titles over 2014-2015.

My own criteria are that they will all be books by women, and they will be ones that have been on my shelves for some time (except for a few in the pre-copyright years before 1923 which will be downloaded). Oh, and no rereads for this one.

These are my planned reads so far, but I am always open to change. I will add and link the reviews as I go along.



1900   Red Pottage / Mary Cholomondeley

1901  My Brilliant Career / Miles Franklin

1902  The Red House / Edith Nesbit

1903  Katharine Frensham / Beatrice Harraden

1904  The Treasure / Selma Lagerlof

1905  House of Mirth / Edith Wharton

1906  Spinner in the Sun / Myrtle Reed

1907

1908  Love's Shadow / Ada Leverson

1909  The Caravaners / Elizabeth von Arnim

1910

1911

1912

1913   Pollyanna / Eleanor H. Porter

1914  The Professor's Legacy / Cecily Ullmann Sidgwick

1915  Herland / Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1916  The Golden Arrow / Mary Webb

1917  The Story of Mary Maclane / Mary Maclane

1918  Return of the Soldier / Rebecca West

1919  Aleta Day / Francis Marion Beynon

1920  Penny Plain / O. Douglas

1921  The Brimming Cup / Dorothy Canfield

1922  The Garden Party / Katherine Mansfield

1923  Uncanny Stories / May Sinclair

1924  The Rector's Daughter / F.M. Mayor

1925  Mother's Recompense / Edith Wharton

1926  Lolly Willowes / Sylvia Townsend Warner
          Crewe Train / Rose Macaulay

1927  The Love Child / Edith Olivier
           Jalna / Mazo de la Roche

1928  Plum Bun / Jessie Redmon Fauset

1929  The Last September / Elizabeth Bowen

1930  The Edwardians / Vita Sackville West
          After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie /  Jean Rhys

1931  Beggar's Choice / Patricia Wentworth

1932  Christmas Pudding / Nancy Mitford
          Year Before Last / Kay Boyle

1933  Diary of a Provincial Lady / E.M. Delafield

1934  Murder on the Orient Express/ Agatha Christie
          Wild Strawberries / Angela Thirkell

1935  The Young Clementina / D.E. Stevenson

1936  The Wheel Spins / Ethel Lina White

1937  The Rising Tide / Molly Keane

1938  Address Unknown / Kathrine Kressman Taylor

1939  Mrs Miniver / Jan Struther

1940

1941  Between the Acts / Virginia Woolf

1942  Death and the Dancing Footman / Ngaio Marsh

1943   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith
         
1944  A Fine of Two Hundred Francs / Elsa Triolet
          Gigi / Colette
         
1945   The Tin Flute / Gabrielle Roy
         
1946  Krane's Cafe / Cora Sandel
          Miss Pym Disposes / Josephine Tey
         
1947  One Fine Day / Mollie Panter-Downes

1948  One Foolish Heart / June Wilson

1949  Olivia / by Olivia (Dorothy Strachey)

1950   To Love and Be Wise / Josephine Tey

           Some Tame Gazelle / Barbara Pym

1951  A Game of Hide and Seek / Elizabeth Taylor

1952  The Tiger in the Smoke / Margery Allingham

1953  The Orchid House / Phyllis Shand Allfrey                   

1954  The Tortoise and the Hare / Elizabeth Jenkins

1955 Winds of Heaven / Monica Dickens

1956  The Keys of My Prison / Frances Shelley Wees

          Tell Me A Riddle / Tillie Olsen
         
1957  Those Without Shadows / Francoise Sagan
          Street of Riches / Gabrielle Roy
          An Air That Kills / Margaret Millar

1958  Greengage Summer / Rumer Godden

1959  The Vet's Daughter / Barbara Comyns

1960  The Light in the Piazza / Elizabeth Spencer

1961  Tete Blanche / Marie Claire Blais

1962  We Have Always Lived in the Castle / Shirley Jackson
          The Time of the Doves / Merce Rodoreda

1963  A Favourite of the Gods / Sybille Bedford

1964  The Garrick Year / Margaret Drabble

1965  After Julius / Elizabeth Jane Howard

1966  Les Belles Images / Simone de Beauvoir

1967 Sing Me Who You Are / Elizabeth Berridge

1968  Greensleeves / Eloise Jarvis McGraw

1969

1970  Beyond This Point are Monsters / Margaret Millar

1971   Lives of Girls and Women / Alice Munro

1972  The Innocents / Margery Sharp

1973  Book of Eve / Constance Beresford Howe

1974  The Diviners / Margaret Laurence

1975   Taxi / Helen Potrebenko
           Dora, Doralina / Rachel de Queiroz

1976  Bear / Marian Engel

1977  Edith's Diary / Patricia Highsmith
          The Girls from the Five Great Valleys / Elizabeth Savage

1978  A Woman of Independent Means / Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

1979  Women of a Certain Age / Colleen Klein

1980  Basic Black with Pearls / Helen Weinzweig

1981  Newspaper of Claremont Street / Elizabeth Jolley
         
1982   The Severed Wasp / Madeleine L'Engle

1983  The Cannibal Galaxy / Cynthia Ozick

1984  Nights at the Circus / Angela Carter

1985  Home Truths / Mavis Gallant
         
1986

1987  Bohunk Road / Hope Morritt
          Circles of Deceit / Nina Bawden

1988  Offshore / Penelope Fitzgerald

1989  Three Legged Horse / Ann Hood

1990  Symposium / Muriel Spark

1991  Deathly Delights / Anne Dandurand
         
1992  His Mother's House / Marta Morazzoni

1993  Music for Glass Orchestra / Grace Andreacchi

1994  One Sweet Quarrel / Deirdre McNamer

1995  Winter Journey / Isabel Colgate

1996  Fairy Tale / Alice Thomas Ellis

1997  Aurora Montrealis / Monique Proulx
          My Soul to Keep / Tananarive Due

1998  The Widows / Suzette Mayr

1999  The Perfect Woman / Suzanne Harnois 
          Memoria / Louise Dupre 

2000  Properties of Light / Rebecca Goldstein

3 comments:

  1. Very, very best of luck with it all!

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  2. Oh, this is excellent! (Found you through Twitter because of the classics club event announced yesterday.) :D

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    1. That's great! Sounds like such a fun, fun project for the next year. Thanks for stopping by, such a nice way to discover your blog as well

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