Century of Books



The Century of Books Challenge is a hodgepodge of a few of the challenges I've seen floating around the blogosphere. I most closely follow the challenge as given by Simon at Stuck in a Book.

In my version, it's a goal to read a book published every year for a period of 100 years. Originally, I aimed for 1900-1999, keeping it to the 20th century. But...as time goes on, I realize that reading classics and older books is a big challenge (both to locate and to...occasionally...tolerate). So, as of 2018, I'm changing the dates. Since the oldest read as of January 1, 2018 was published in 1911, that will be my first year. The "century" I'll be following will be 1911-2010.

This one is definitely more challenging than some of the other challenges I'm taking on, so I'm giving myself some serious time to accomplish this one. I'll be starting this challenge on June 1, 2014 but then giving myself a whopping ten years to complete it. This means that I have until May 30, 2024 to have every slot filled.

23/100 Books Completed


As I complete my books, I'll be filling the years in down below. I'll also be updating the progress bar above.


1911 : Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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1930 : As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

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1938 : Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

1939 : The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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1953 : Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

1954 : Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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1969 : Porko von Popbutton by William Pene duBois

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1973 : The Princess Bride by William Goldman

1974 : Carrie by Stephen King

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1982 : The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox

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1986 : Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

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1988 : The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

1989 : Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede

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1991 : American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

1992 : The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

1993 : The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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1995 : High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

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1998 : Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

1999 : Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

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2003 : P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

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2006 : On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

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2008 : Paper Towns by John Green

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2010 : Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce


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