A Century of Books – reading challenge

Now as you may have gathered if you are a regular visitor here, I like to read. I also like to make things fun by adding reading challenge or two. I spotted an intriguing challenge over on Ali Hope’s excellent blog and decided to follow her lead and read A Century of Books. Like her I’ve chosen to read for the century 1919 to 2018, purely in my case because I am lucky enough to receive books that are due out this year so it’s easy to tick at list one of those off the list. I’ve also decided to back date it from the beginning of this year and luckily for me I’ve read books from a variety of years (no it’s not cheating to back date it!). So, I’ll be updating this as and when I read a book published in a as yet unfilled year, and of course, linking to any reviews I may write. I’ve no idea how long this will take me, though I don’t think I’ll finish it this year. (The year by the way refers to the year the book was first published, not when it was written.)

1919

1920

1921 – The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

1922

1923

1924

1925

1926 – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

1927 – Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple

1928

1929

1930

1931 – The Fortnight in September by R C Sheriff

1932 – The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson

1933 – Business As Usual by Jane Oliver & Ann Stafford

1934 – Miss Buncle’s Book by D E Stevenson

1935

1936

1937

1938 – Excellent Intentions by Richard Hull

1939

1940 – Nothing to Report by Carola Oman

1941

1942

1943

1944 – Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac

1945

1946

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961 – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Murial Spark

1962

1963 – Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

1964 – Surfeit of Suspects by George Bellairs

1965 – The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holmes

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973 – The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo

1974

1975 – The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993 – Black Swans by Eve Babitz (originally published in 1993 though my copy is a 2018 reissue)

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

2009 – The Crossing Places by Elly Griffths

2010

2011

2012

2013 – Dead Lions by Mick Herron

2014 – The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

2015 – The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

2016 – How Much the Heart Can HoldΒ  by various authors

2017 – City of Masks by S D Sykes

2018 – The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

Do let me know if you can suggest any books for any uncompleted year.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s a wonderful challenge! I wish I had the time for it! I need to remember it for next year! πŸ™‚ I think Digging to America by Anne Tyler was published in the UK in 2006. I loved it. My UK copy of The Demolished Man is from 1999, if you like good sci-fi that’s not too sci-fi, haha!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I don’t think I’ll finish it this year! Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll look out for copies of them. πŸ™‚

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  2. Definitely Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury for 1953!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Linda. I’ve not read that one so I’ll keep a look out for a copy πŸ™‚

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  3. Great challenge. Wish I had time to join in!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I’m not envisaging finishing it this year! Unless I read a lot of short stories and count them πŸ™‚

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  4. I shall follow this with interest. I couldn’t do it as I can’t seem to read anything older than the last 30 years or so, with the odd exception. Persephone Books might be a good way to fill some of the blanks – I see you have already got Miss Buncle’s Book on your list. For the 80s I’d go for something like Lace or A Woman of Substance for 1979.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks for the suggestions. I have recently discovered Persephone Books and I’ve come across a fair few I’d love to read. I’m trying to read older books as well as modern ones so I’m hoping this challenge will encourage me too!

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  5. Jo says:

    What a great challenge! It’s 80 years since Rebecca was first published, and there’s a beautiful new edition available…

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    1. janetemson says:

      There is. I’ve not read it before (I got half way through and stopped for some reason, though I was enjoying it). I must read it again and the 80th anniversary year seems fitting πŸ™‚

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  6. What a great challenge! This might help, it’s my Beat the Backlist post but targets all the older books on my shelf – https://keeperofpages.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/2017-beat-the-backlist-tbr/

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Janel, I’ll take a look. I am trying to read more older books so I thought this challenge made sense πŸ™‚

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