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I am not sure how much Lucy Maud Montgomery you have read, but she definitely covers the first part. Anne of Green Gables was her first published novel in 1908 and then she released almost a book a year after that. That's who I am concentrating on this year, so that is why she is on my mind. :)


If you're in the mood for quirky, Mark Twain's "A Double Barreled Detective Story" (1902) follows Sherlock Holmes on a mystery in the wild wild West. It was meant as satire of the mystery genre. Though, this one may be too short to meet your requirements. I've seen it listed as both novel and novella.

I really like this Century reading project you have going.


This is such a neat project you have going on Danielle. I was thinking that this way you are also bound to get in some modern classics. I can't think of anything to recommend at the moment for the 1900s but I'm sure you'll find something good soon. Look forward to more of your progress notes!


I've not read anything by her yet! She is one of those 'mean to read' authors who I never seem to get around to! I have been wanting to read Anne of Green Gables, so this would be perfect. I will have to mentally add her into that slot!


I don't mind quirky--I've not read a lot of mark Twain and am not familiar with that particular story, but I'll look it up. I'm mostly just adding novels to my list, but whatever works in the end... :) Ths is a fun project!


Definitely for the first few decades there will be classics in list! I am sure the more I dig around the more books I'll find I want to read. Now I am going to be looking for books to fill rather than just letting them be added pell-mell.

Lizzy Siddal

I,have a whole century of suggestions for you! I started my 20th Century Challenge a long time ago- plan was to complete it before my 50th. Then I started blogging! Perhaps I'll finish in time for my 60th?

Anyway, here's the link to my constantly fluctuating list ...

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

Princess Daisy - although possessing a number of dark subtexts - is brilliant funny for many, many, many wrong reasons. Have you read Clive James' review?!

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

(That should be 'brilliantly' - end of workday brain!)


Thanks for the update. After you wrote about this before, I started the same project, just for fun. I'm almost exactly at the same place you are with number of books read, and have the same problem with the early 1900s. (Now I have another good reason to return to the Anne of Green Gables series!) One recommendation I have is Elizabeth von Arnim's The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen, which was published in 1904 and which I loved. I have a fair number of books read from the 90s, and a smattering from the 20s, 30s and 40s, probably from the vintage mystery challenges I'm always doing. Not much from the 70s and 80s.

I enjoy this project because so far all I've been doing is plugging books that I've read into the empty spots. Easy.


Name of the Rose is good and so is Confederacy of Dunces. I think Conrad published Lord Jim in 1900 and Colette published Claudine at School. You are doing pretty well with the project. Looks like the NYRBs are helping :)


Lucy M. Montgomery was a good storyteller.


Admitting that I have started to keep this list all over again must give the impression I am a bit of a perfectionist :) but I was very dissatisfied with what I noted down so far. I would like my list to reflect the century a bit more, if that's possible. Your's looks good.


Thanks so much--I have bookmarked the page--so nice and neat and all in chronological order. If I was more industrious I would make a list of reading possibilities and maybe I still will. But this is very helpful to see! You are much more systematic than me--I have been going at this completely randomly. How many have you read and are you reading them in order by pub date?


Thanks for the link--I've only glanced at it but I will have to read the whole thing I think--somehow I imagine it must be a very entertaining beach read!


My mind is mush about now after a long day at work--so I can completely sympathize! :)


I've only been plugging in books, too, so I've not really given it much thought at all, but I do sort of like being able to do a little more selective planning for it now. I'll still add titles wherever I can, but I think I might tailor my reading just a bit so I can fill in more slots. I was looking at Simon's list and he linked to Claire's list and I saw that she also read a number of Elizabeth von Arnim's books and they fit in nicely in those earlier years, so I will have to take a closer look at what I own that I might be able to use here! I really need to read Anne of Green Gables this year . . . How often do I say that?!


Yay for NYRBs! I noticed that one of the Claudine books would fit in nicely--though I want to read them in order (of course) and I think that is not the first book--must investigate further. I am not even sure I know what Confederacy of Dunces is about--though I know when I was working in the bookstore it was hugely popular--in the early/mid 90s! And I own Name of the Rose--was just looking at it over the weekend as a matter of fact. So, now I am sort of agonizing over the choice since I want my next book to be one I can use here!


I love writers who tell a cracking good story! So good to know--I am really looking forward to reading her--just need that gentle push!


Actually I know just what you mean. I was thinking how random mine is and how I could easily switch out a few books if need be along the way since there is no rush to finish. I've thought of coming up with a master list, but so far have made no move to do it. I do like the idea that the list would reflect a century of good reading, though. It could even be themed--classics or popular books--it's the sort of project you could spend lots of time on if you wanted to!

Lizzy Siddal

I've read all those to which I've added a star-rating. It looks systematic but it's not really. The only rule I have is that I will finish with a list of 100 years, 100 authors. I keep swapping titles in an out as I read. As a result of that I've been stuck at about 30 to read for the last 3 years or so. Maybe I'll do something about it this year.


Conrad's Lord Jim was published from 1899 to 1900 and Mirbeau's Diary of a Chmaber Maid is from 1900 as well. The latter made a HUGE impression when I read it. I loved it just as much as The Dangerous Liaisons. Have a look on amazon. It's a tiny little bit kinky, but it's a French classic. It'san acerbic analysis of a society and its time. It has been made into a movie.


Didn't you read the Mirabeau not that long ago? It sounds familiar now that you mention it. It is on my wishlist now, and I might have to add it to my next order--unfortunately none of my local libraries has it. I would love to read Dangerous Liaisons sometime, too. I spend a lot of time thinking about the book to read....I can't help myself--not sure what I am in the mood for!


I can't seem to even decide on one year, so I can see how hard it is to create a master list and then keep switching it! I like the idea of 100 different authors--I am not sure if I have read more books by one author or not--I have a long way to go still!


I've read Mirbeau a long time ago. Long before the blog, so maybe someone else reviewed it.


How weird, I could have sworn you wrote about it at some point. Maybe it was only a mention or something. In any case it sounds interesting and I do want to read Dangerous Liaisons at some point, too!

Denise Rogers

I have a suggestion for 1980: J. L. Carr's A Month in the Country. It's a little book, relatively speaking so far as page numbers, but it is one of my favorites. And then you can watch the movie with Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh.


I have actually read that one-and loved it! I didn't realize that it had been made into a film, too, so must go in search of it. I wouldn't mind rereading it and yes, it is a shorter read (not a bad thing at all in any case--but that story is really well done!). Thanks for the heads up!


Colette's Claudine novels were all published in the 1900s and they are fun. Henry James and Edith Wharton must have been publishing around then, too. It is fun tracking down books for the slots, isn't it?

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