Century of Books


Time to Begin Again with a New Century of Books (ACOB)

I really enjoyed my four-year century which I began in 2014. And I finally, finally finished it in December 2018! So I'm going to set up another Century List to work away on, and this time aim to have it done in only TWO years ;) 

I think that the reason it took me so very long last time was that I set myself very stiff parameters: all books by women, with no repeats of any author, and no rereads. It was the no repeating of the same author that really got me. It was hard not to keep reading an author once I found one I really liked. However, this process also meant I found a bunch of brand-new-to-me authors who I can now read more of! 

So, my 2019-2020 criteria are much looser:
  • All Women
  • Repeats and Rereads are Fine! 
  • Only caveat being that the titles I add here can't have been reviewed on my blog in the past -- so rereads okay but only if I've never reviewed them before
  • That's It! Now to get reading


1900- Eleanor / Mrs Humphrey Ward
1901- The Spinster Book / Myrtle Reed
1902- Lavender and Old Lace / Myrtle Reed
1903- On the Wings of the Wind / Allen Raine
1904- Master's Violin / Myrtle Reed
1905- 
1906- The Scholar's Daughter / Beatrice Harraden
1907- 
1908- Flower of the Dusk / Myrtle Reed 
1909- Old Rose and Silver / Myrtle Reed 
1910- The Last Summer / Ricarda Huch
1911- A Weaver of Dreams / Myrtle Reed 
1912- The Reef / Edith Wharton
1913- Reeds in the Wind / Grazia Deledda
1914- Out of the Wreck I Rise / Beatrice Harraden
1915- The Voyage Out / Virginia Woolf 
1916- Trifles / Susan Glaspell
1918- What Not / Rose Macaulay
1919- Night and Day / Virginia Woolf
1920- The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton
1921- The Girls / Edna Ferber
1922- Jacob's Room / Virginia Woolf 
1924- The Homemaker / Dorothy Canfield Fisher
1925- Mother's Recompense / Edith Wharton
1929- Grand Hotel / Vicki Baum
1935- Illyrian Spring / Ann Bridge
1936- South Riding / Winifred Holtby
1937- The Years / Virginia Woolf
1938- Hasty Wedding / Mignon Eberhart
1939- The Priory / Dorothy Whipple
1942- Breakfast with the Nikolides / Rumer Godden
1943- The Friendly Young Ladies / Mary Renault
1944- Fire Will Freeze / Margaret Millar
1945- The Iron Gates / Margaret Millar
1946- My Career Goes Bung / Miles Franklin 
1947- Miss Pym Disposes / Josephine Tey
1948- The Foolish Gentlewoman / Margery Sharp
1949- Rest and Be Thankful / Helen MacInnes
1950- Some Tame Gazelle / Barbara Pym
1951- Summer's Day / Mary Bell
1952- 
1956- Flight from the Enchanter / Iris Murdoch
1959- A Woman of Letters / March Cost
1960- This Side Jordan / Margaret Laurence 
1961- Tell Me A Riddle / Tillie Olsen
1963- The Tomorrow Tamer / Margaret Laurence
1964- The Stone Angel / Margaret Laurence
1967- The Magic Toyshop / Angela Carter
          The Lion in the Lei Shop / Kaye Starbird
1971- The Home / Penelope Mortimer
1973- As We Are Now / May Sarton
1974- Tortoise by Candlelight / Nina Bawden 
1975- Female Friends / Fay Weldon 
1976- A Sea Grape Tree / Rosamond Lehmann
1977- Ceremony / Leslie Marmon Silko
1978- Letter to Sister Benedicta / Rose Tremain
1979-
1980- Judgement Day / Penelope Lively
1981- Loitering with Intent / Muriel Spark
1982- The Women of Brewster Place / Gloria Naylor
1983- Perfect Happiness / Penelope Lively
1984- According to Mark / Penelope Lively
1985- Unexplained Laughter / Alice Thomas Ellis
1986- Innocence / Penelope Fitzgerald
1987- Circles of Deceit / Nina Bawden
1990- 
1992- Sleepwalker in a Fog / Tatyana Tolstaya
1994- The Woman Who Loved Airports / Marusya Bociurkiw
1995- A Spell of Winter / Helen Dunmore
1998- The Antelope Wife / Louise Erdrich


























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 - The Visits of Elizabeth / Elinor Glyn

1901 - My Brilliant Career / Miles Franklin

1902  - Life, the Interpreter / Phyllis Bottome

1903 - Katharine Frensham / Beatrice Harraden

1904  - Freckles / Gene Stratton Porter

1905 - House of Mirth / Edith Wharton

1906 - Spinner in the Sun / Myrtle Reed

1907 - The Enchanted Castle / Edith Nesbit

1908 -  Love's Shadow / Ada Leverson

1909 - The Caravaners / Elizabeth von Arnim

1910 - Molly Make-Believe / Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

1911 - Jenny / Sigrid Undset

1912 - House of Windows / Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

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  - I, 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  - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes / Anita Loos

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

1927  - The House Without Windows / Barbara Newhall Follett

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

1934  - Murder on the Orient Express/ Agatha Christie
       
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 - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers

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
                   
1947  - An Avenue of Stone / Pamela Hansford Johnson

1948 -  One Foolish Heart / June Wilson

1949  - Olivia / by Olivia (Dorothy Strachey)

1950  -  To Love and Be Wise / Josephine Tey

           
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

                
1957 - Those Without Shadows / Francoise Sagan
         - Street of Riches / Gabrielle Roy
         - An Air That Kills / Margaret Millar

1958 - Greengage Summer / Rumer Godden
         - The Silent Rooms / Anne Hébert

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 - The Stratton Story (or, Mrs. Westerby Changes Course) / Elizabeth Cadell

1968 - Greensleeves / Eloise Jarvis McGraw

1969 - A Bouquet of Barbed Wire / Andrea Newman

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

1976 - Bear / Marian Engel
         - Enchanted Summer / Gabrielle Roy
         - Legend in Green Velvet / Elizabeth Peters 

1977  - Edith's Diary / Patricia Highsmith
          -The Girls from the Five Great Valleys / Elizabeth Savage
         - Garden in the Wind / Gabrielle Roy

1978 - A Woman of Independent Means / Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

1979  - Offshore / Penelope Fitzgerald

1980  - Basic Black with Pearls / Helen Weinzweig

1981  - Newspaper of Claremont Street / Elizabeth Jolley
         
1982  - The Severed Wasp / Madeleine L'Engle
          - Mrs. Caliban / Rachel Ingalls

1983  - The Cannibal Galaxy / Cynthia Ozick

1984  - House on Mango Street / Sandra Cisneros 

1985  - Home Truths / Mavis Gallant
         
1986  - Pack of Cards / Penelope Lively

1987 - Bohunk Road / Hope Morritt
         
1988  - The Bean Trees / Barbara Kingsolver

1989  - Three Legged Horse / Ann Hood

1990  - Symposium / Muriel Spark

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

1993  - The Women in Black / Madeleine St John

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 - The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly / Sun-Mi Hwang; translated from the Korean by
 Chi- Young Kim
       





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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