Monday, January 01, 2018

A Century of Books

A Century of Books
Host: Stuck in a Book and The Captive Reader  About the challenge
Dates: They're aiming for a year; I'm aiming for a year plus a little wiggle room; let's say 18 mos.
My century: 1918-2017

1918
Dream Life for Children. Mattie K. Foster. 1918. 178 pages. [Source: Read online]
My Antonia. Willa Cather. 1918. 336 pages. [Source: LIBRARY]
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery. 1923. Bantam. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
1924
So Big. Edna Ferber. 1924/2005. Kessinger Publishing. 376 pages. [Source: Library] 
1925
1926
Surprise Stories. Marjorie Hardy.  Illustrated by Lucille Enders and Matilda Breuer.  1926/1929. Wheeler Publishing Company. 124 pages. [Source: Bought]
1927
1928
1929
The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant #1) Josephine Tey. 1929. 255 pages. [Source: Bought]
1930
1931
Angus and the Cat. Marjorie Flack. 1931. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
1932
1933
Thirteen at Dinner. Agatha Christie. 1933. 228 pages. [Source: Bought]
1934
1935
1936
Roller Skates. Ruth Sawyer. 1936. 186 pages. [Source: Bought]
1937
Vintage Murder. Ngaio Marsh. 1937. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
Strawberry Girl. Lois Lenski. 1945. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]1946
1947
Uneasy Terms. (Slim Callaghan #7) Peter Cheyney. 1947. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
1948
1949
The Conquering Family. Thomas B. Costain. 1949. 291 pages. [Source: Library]
A Wreath for Rivera (Roderick Alleyn #15) Ngaio Marsh. 1949. 336 pages. [Source: Bought]
1950
1951
The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
The Magnificent Century (The Plantagenets #2). Thomas B. Costain. 1951. 324 pages. [Source: Library]
1952
East of Eden. John Steinbeck. 1952. 601 pages. [Source: Bought]1953
1954
1955
1956
A Tender Victory. Taylor Caldwell. 1956. 374 pages. [Source: Bought]
Thin Ice. Jerrold Beim. Illustrated by Louis Darling. 1956. 46 pages. [Source: Bought]
1957
1958
A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You. Joan Walsh Anglund. 1958/2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
1959
1960
1961
1962
Mary Poppins ABC Board Book. P.L. Travers. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. 1962/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Who's a Pest? Crosby Newell Bonsall. 1962. Harper & Row. 64 pages. [Source: Bought]
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
McBroom's Ghost. Sid Fleischman. Illustrated by Robert Frankenberg. 1971. 48 pages. [Source: Bought]
1972
McBroom's Zoo. Sid Fleischman. Illustrated by Kurt Werth. 1972. 40 pages. [Source: Bought]
1973
1974
The Widow of Windsor. Jean Plaidy. 1974. 318 pages. [Source: Bought]
The Gorilla Did It. Barbara Shook Hazen. Illustrated by Ray Cruz. 1974. 32 pages. [Source: Childhood copy]
1975
Too Many Lollipops. Robert M. Quackenbush. 1975. 32 pages. [Source: Book from my childhood]
1976
1977
1978
Find A Stranger, Say Goodbye. Lois Lowry. 1978/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
1979
1980
1981
The Man Who Cooked For Himself. Phyllis Krasilovsky. Illustrated by Mamoru Funai. 1981. Parents Magazine Press. 42 pages. [Source: Bought]
1982
Zucchini. Barbara Dana. 1982. 160 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
1983
Just Go To Bed. Mercer Mayer. 1983. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]
1984
Amanda. (Sunfire #1) Candice Ransom. 1984. Scholastic. 368 pages. [Source: Library book sale]
1985
Here Be Dragons. Sharon Kay Penman. 1985. 704 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
1986
1987
Just A Mess. Mercer Mayer. 1987. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]
1988
1989
1990
1991
Bonjour, Mr. Satie. Tomie dePaola. 1991. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
1992
Missing May. Cynthia Rylant. 1992. Scholastic. 89 pages. [Source: Library]
1993
1994
The Diary of a Killer Cat. Anne Fine. Illustrated by Steve Cox. 1994. FSG. 64 pages.
1995
With an Everlasting Love. Kay Arthur. 1995. Harvest House. 144 pages. [Source: Borrowed]1996
1997
Poppleton. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Mark Teague. 1997. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
1998
Ethel and Ernest. Raymond Briggs. 1998. 104 pages. [Source: Library]
1999
2000
The Case of the Climbing Cat. (The High-Rise Private Eyes #2). Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. 2000. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
2001
2002
Bubba and Beau, Best Friends. Kathi Appelt. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 2002. Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
2003
The City of Ember. Jeanne DuPrau. 2003. 270 pages. [Source: Bought]
2004
Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. John Guy. 2004. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
2005
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Jeanne Birdsall. 2005. Random House. 262 pages. [Source: Library]
2006
2007
2008
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Jeanne Birdsall. 2008. 308 pages. [Source: Library]
2009
Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. 2009. Disney. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
2010
Murder Past Due. Miranda James. 2010. 294 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
2011
2012
Wonder. R. J. Palacio. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2013
2014
2015
Mama Seeton's Whistle. Jerry Spinelli. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
2016
2017
The Watcher. Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2017. 42 pages. [Source: Library]

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2 comments:

Claire (The Captive Reader) 11:08 AM  

Great to see you're joining us! Happy reading!

Beth G. 9:41 PM  

What a fun challenge! I might have to try that in 2019....

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