Sunday, November 03, 2013

2013-2014 Reading Challenges: A Century of Books

Host: Stuck in a Book (sign up page)
Duration: All of 2013 and 2014 (for me); I may be participating "unofficially" since I started in 2013. I saw the idea, loved it, but it wasn't an 'official' challenge when I started; now it is becoming official, but I don't want to start over!!!

1900: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum. 1900. 156 pages. [Source: Bought]
1901:
  • Melisande. E. Nesbit. Illustrated by P.J. Lynch. 1901/1988/1999. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]  
  • The Wouldbegoods. E. Nesbit. 1901. 156 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
1902: Five Children and It. E. Nesbit. 1902/2004. Puffin Classics. 240 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
1903: According to the Pattern. Grace Livingston Hill. 1903. 186 pages. [Source: Bought]
1904:
1905:
1906:
1907:
1908:
1909:
1910: Kilmeny of the Orchard. L.M. Montgomery. 1910. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]
1911:
  • The Story Girl. L.M. Montgomery. 1911. 220 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • Miss Billy. Eleanor H. Porter. 1911. Dodo Press. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 1911. 302 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie. 1911/2008. Penguin. 207 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
1912:
1913:
1914: Miss Billy Married. Eleanor H. Porter. 1914. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
1915:
  • Miranda. Grace Livingston Hill. 1915. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • Anne of the Island. L.M. Montgomery. 1915. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • Dear Enemy. Jean Webster. 1915. 236 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • Pollyanna Grows Up. Eleanor H. Porter. 1915. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
1916:
1917:
1918: The Magic Pudding. Norman Lindsay. 1918. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]
1919:
1920:
1921:
1922: The Red House Mystery. A.A. Milne. 1922. Dover. 156 pages. [Source: Bought]
1923:
1924: When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Library]
1925: Emily Climbs. L.M. Montgomery. 1925. Bantam Books. 325 pages. [Source: Bought]
1926:
1927:
  • Emily's Quest. L.M. Montgomery. 1927. 228 pages.  [Source: Bought]
  •  Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 101 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Unnatural Death. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1927. HarperCollins. 288 pages.  [Source: Bought]
  • In Search of England. H.V. Morton. 1927/2007. Da Capo Press. 304 pages. [Source: Bought] 
1928:
1929:
1930:
  • Strong Poison. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1930/1995. HarperCollins. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • Powder and Patch. Georgette Heyer. 1930. 284 pages. (Originally published as THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHILIP JETTAN in 1923.) [Source: Bought]
1931:
  • A Tangled Web. L.M. Montgomery. 1931. 257 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • The Cape Cod Mystery. Phoebe Atwood Taylor. 1931. Countryman Press. 190 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • The Five Red Herrings. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1931. HarperCollins. 325 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • 1066 And All That. W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman. 1931/1993. Barnes & Noble. 116 pages. [Source: Bought]
1932:
1933:
1934:
1935:
1936:
  •  Behold, Here's Poison. Georgette Heyer. 1936/2009. Sourcebooks. 330 pages.  [Source: Library]   
  • The Red Box. Nero Wolfe. (Nero Wolfe #4) 1936. 266 pages.  [Source: Bought]
  • The Rubber Band. (Nero Wolfe #3) 1936. Rex Stout. 190 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • The Talisman Ring. Georgette Heyer. 1936/2009. Sourcebooks. 316 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Anne of Windy Poplars. L.M. Montgomery. 1936. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]  
1937:
  • Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie. 1937/2007. Black Dog & Leventhal. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
  • They Found Him Dead. Georgette Heyer. 1937. Sourcebooks. 325 pages [Source: Library]
  • The Cost of Discipleship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 1937/1959/1995. Simon & Schuster. 320 pages. [Source: Borrowed from friend.] 
  • Hamlet, Revenge! Michael Innes. 1937. 312 pages.  [Source: Library]
  • Brentwood. Grace Livingstone Hill. 1937. 315 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Jane of Lantern Hill. L.M. Montgomery. 1937. 274 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  • The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1937.  320 pages. [Source: Bought] 
1938: A Blunt Instrument. Georgette Heyer. 1938. Sourcebooks. 309 pages. [Source: Library]
1939: Anne of Ingleside. L.M. Montgomery. 1939. 274 pages. [Source: Bought]
1940:
  • The Corinthian. Georgette Heyer. 1940/2009. Sourcebooks. 261 pages. [Source: Library]
  • The Long Winter. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1940. 334 pages. [Source: Library]  
1941:
  • Faro's Daughter. Georgette Heyer. 1941. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Envious Casca. Georgette Heyer. 1941/2010. Sourcebooks. 396 pages. [Source: Library]
1942: The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis. 1942. HarperCollins. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
1943:
  •  The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Exupery. 1943/2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 112 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith. 1943/2006. HarperCollins. 496 pages. [Source: Bought]  
1944:
  •  Detection Unlimited. Georgette Heyer. 1944/2010. Sourcebooks. 378 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Friday's Child. Georgette Heyer. 1944/2008. Sourcebooks. 425 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
1945: The Great Divorce. C.S. Lewis. 1945. HarperCollins. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
1946:
  • The Reluctant Widow. Georgette Heyer. 1946/2008. Sourcebooks. 316 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  • Party Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 1946. Oxford Children's Classics. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Miss Pym Disposes. Josephine Tey. 1946. 238 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
1947:
1948:
1949:
1950:
1951:
1952: The Singing Sands. Josephine Tey. 1952. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
1953:
  •  Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. 1953/2003. Random House. 190 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Cotillion. Georgette Heyer. 1953/2007. Sourcebooks. 362 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
1954:
  • The Toll Gate. Georgette Heyer. 1954. Harlequin. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
  • Half Magic. Edward Eager. 1954. 192 pages. [Source: Library]  
  • Good Morning, Miss Dove. Frances Gray Patton. 1954. 218 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
  • Jenny's Birthday Book. Esther Averill. 1954/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
1955:
1956:
  • Sprig Muslin. Georgette Heyer. 1956/2011. Sourcebooks. 304 pages. [Source: Library]  
  • The 101 Dalmatians. Dodie Smith. 1956/1989 Penguin. 192 pages. [Source: Owned Since Childhood] 
1957:
1958:
  • Venetia. Georgette Heyer. 1958/2009. Harlequin. 368 pages. [Source: Gift]  
  • Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias. Jean Plaidy. 1958/2011. Broadway. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]
  • Light on Lucrezia: A Novel of the Borgias. Jean Plaidy. 1958/2011. Crown. 384 pages. [Source: Bought] 
1959: Unknown Ajax. Georgette Heyer. 1959. 384 pages. [Source: Library]
1960:
1961:
  •  Civil Contract. Georgette Heyer. 1961/2009. Harlequin. 432 pages. [Source: Library]
  • The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. 1961/2011. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
1962: The Nonesuch. Georgette Heyer. 1962/2009. Sourcebooks. 352 pages. [Source: Library] 
1963: False Colours. Georgette Heyer. 1963/2011. Thorndike. 520 pages. [Source: library]
1964: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl. 1964. 155 pages. [Source: Library]
1965: Frederica. Georgette Heyer. 1965/2009. Sourcebooks. 437 pages. [Source: Library]
1966:
1967: The Princess of Celle. Jean Plaidy. 1967/1985. Ballantine. 400 pages. [Source: Bought] 
1968:
1969: The Hotel Cat. Esther Averill. 1969/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 180 pages. [Source: Library]
1970: Charity Girl. Georgette Heyer. 1970/2008. Sourcebooks. 282 pages. [Source: Review copy]
1971: Mandy. Julie Andrews Edwards. 1971. HarperCollins. 320 pages. [Source: Bought Replacement Copy]
1972:
1973: Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories About Jenny Linsky. Esther Averill. 1973/2003. New York Review Children's Collection. 176 pages. [Source: Library]
1974:
1975:
1976:
1977:
1978: The Westing Game. Ellen Raskin. 1978. 182 pages. [Source: Library]
1979: Love Comes Softly. Janette Oke. 1979. 240 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
1980:
1981: Goodnight, Mr. Tom. Michelle Magorian. 1981. HarperCollins. 320 pages. [Source: Library]

1982:
  •  Love's Long Journey. Janette Oke. 1982. Bethany House. 240 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
  • Spunky's Diary. Janette Oke. 1982/1998. Bethany House. 112 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
1983:
1984:
  • Love's Unending Legacy. Janette Oke. 1984. Bethany House. 239 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
  • Prodigal Cat. Janette Oke. 1984. Bethany House. 160 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
1985:
1986:
1987:
1988: Love Takes Wing. Janette Oke. 1988. Bethany House. 240 pages. [Source: Own].
1989:
  •  Love Finds A Home. Janette Oke. 1989. Bethany House. 240 pages. [Source: Owned for decades]  
  • Afternoon of the Elves. Janet Taylor Lisle. 1989. Scholastic. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
1990: The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) Robert Jordan. 1990. Tor. 814 pages. [Source: Bought]
1991: The Merry Monarch's Wife. (A Queens of England Novel). Jean Plaidy. 1991/2008. Crown. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]

1992:
1993: The Giver. Lois Lowry. 1993. Houghton Mifflin. 180 pages. [Source: Library]
1994: When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman. 1994. Random House. 746 pages. [Source: Bought] 
1995: Where The Heart Is. Billie Letts. 1995. 376 pages. [Source: Bought]
1996:
1997: Out of the Dust. Karen Hesse. 1997. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
1998:
1999:
  • Preacher's Boy. Katherine Paterson. 1999/2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  • Midnight Falcon. David Gemmell. 1999. Del Rey. 448 pages. [Source: Library]




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