-Years of Books Goal (1800-Present)


One of my long-term goals–I started this in 2009–is to read a book published in every year, starting with 1800 and going all the way up to the present. So, here is my list, made easier for your reading and my recording, separated by decade. I will add to it as I go.

Tentative Books Document

Above, “Tentative Books”, is a Word Document of my list of books to read to fulfill the rest of my remaining years, if you are interested. If you have any suggestions, feel free to tell me about them via a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Completed Years

Pre-1800 (not required, just a record for myself)
BC 411: Lysistrata by Aristophanes (this is the date of the original performance)
late BC 700s: The Odyssey by Homer
1591-1595: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1598-1599: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
1599-1602: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

1800-1809
1800: Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth
1801:
1802:
1803:
1804:
1805:
1806:
1807:
1808: The Marquise of O by Heinrich von Kleist
1809:

1810-1819
1810:
1811: Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
1812: Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
1813: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
1814: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
1815: Emma by Jane Austen
1816:
1817: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen/
Persuasion by Jane Austen
1818: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
1819:

1820-1829
1820: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
1821:
1822:
1823:
1824:
1825:
1826:
1827:
1828:
1829:

1830-1839
1830:
1831:
1832:
1833:
1834: Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by himself (David Crockett)
1835:
1836:
1837: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
1838:
Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe (short story)
1839:

1840-1849
1840:
1841:
1842: The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol/Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (read only about half of this, actually)
1843: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
1844: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (FAVORITE BOOK)
1845: The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe (short story)
1846:
1847: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte/Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
1848: Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
1849:

1850-1859
1850:
1851: The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (read majority, tried for over two months to read it and couldn’t finish)
1852:
1853:
1854:
1855:
1856: The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether by Edgar Allan Poe (short story)
1857:
1858:
1859:

1860-1869
1860:
1861:
1862:
1863:
1864:
1865: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
1866:
1867:
1868: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
1869:

1870-1879
1870:
1871:
1872:
1873: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
1874:
1875:
1876:
1877:
1878:
1879: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (play)

1880-1889
1880:
1881:
1882: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
1883: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
1884:
1885:
1886: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
1887:
1888: Miss Julie by August Strindberg (play)
1889:

1890-1899
1890: The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1891:
1892:
1893:
1894: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
1895: The Time Machine by HG Wells/The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (play)
1896:
1897: Dracula by Bram Stoker
1898:
1899:

1900-1909
1900: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
1901: American Fairy Tales by L Frank Baum
1902: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1903: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
1904: Peter Camenzind by Hermann Hesse
1905: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
1906:
1907: The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
1908: A Room with a View by EM Forster
1909: Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery

1910-1919
1910: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
1911: Peter Pan by JM Barrie
1912: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
1913:
1914:
1915: The Underdogs (Los de abajo) by Mariano Azuela
1916:
1917:
1918: My Antonia by Willa Cather
1919:

1920-1929
1920:
1921:
1922:
1923: The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
1924:
1925: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1926:
1927: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
1928:
1929: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

1930-1939
1930:
1931:
1932: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1933: The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1934: Mary Poppins by PL Travers
1935:
1936:
1937: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
1938: Anthem by Ayn Rand
1939: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

1940-1949
1940:
1941: Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
1942:
1943:
1944: Gigi by Colette
1945: Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
1946:
1947: Aurora Dawn by Herman Wouk
1948: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
1949: Lisa & Lottie by Erich Kästner

1950-1959
1950: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
1951: The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
1952:
1953: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1954: The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty
1955: The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1956:
1957:
1958: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
1959: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

1960-1969
1960: To Kill a Mockinbird by Harper Lee
1961: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
1962: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
1963: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
1964: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
1965: Blackbeard’s Ghost by Ben Stahl
1966: Gates of the Forest by Elie Wiesel/Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
1967: The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
1968:
1969: The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt

1970-1979
1970: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
1971:
1972:
1973: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
1974: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards
1975: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
1976:
1977: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
1978: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
1979: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxyby Douglas Adams

1980-1989
1980: Tsotsi by Athol Fugard
1981:
1982:
1983: The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
1984:
1985: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
1986: Potiki by Patricia Grace/Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
1987:
1988: Matilda by Roald Dahl
1989: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

1990-1999
1990:
1991: The Rain Catchers by Jean Thesman
1992: Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
1993: Zlata’s Diary–A Child’s Life in Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic
1994: Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
1995: The Reader by Bernard Schlink
1996: Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
1997: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
1998: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
1999: Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

2000-2009
2000: Breadfruit by Celestine Vaite
2001:
Atonement by Ian McEwan
2002:
Middlesex by Jeffrey Euginides
2003:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
2004:
Memories of my Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in Spanish, 2005 in English)
2005:
Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea (in Arabic, 2008 in English)
2006:
The Birth House by Ami McKay
2007:
Peony in Love by Lisa See
2008: The Host by Stephenie Meyer (audiobook)
2009:
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (audiobook)

2010-2019
2010:
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier;;Wench by Dolen Perkins Valdez
2011: Across the Universe by Beth RevisBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
2012: A Million Suns by Beth Revis
2013: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier; The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton
2014:
2015:
2016:
2017:
2018:
2019:

One thought on “-Years of Books Goal (1800-Present)

  1. Jillian says:

    This is SUCH an awesome idea. I love the Google ‘where I’ve been’ idea, too!

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