I argued with myself for a few days, over the question of whether I should jump right into another century of books.
I’m already missing checking dates, hunting down books for particular years, and seeing the list grow. There were so many authors I meant to read but somehow didn’t make the list. Authors like Rose Macaulay, Dorothy Whipple, Daphne Du Maurier, Sylvia Townsend Warner …. and I have half a dozen books on my library pile right now that I could fit into a new century.
I know I’ve learned a lot from my first century:
- Though there are no set rules, I found that two years, one book per author, and a proper post for every book was the right plan for me.
- It’s important to be wary of online sources telling you the year of a book. I had books lined up, only to find the book in my hand wasn’t published in the year I was told. I know now to always look at the book!
- I know now to write everything down. Every book for every year – a choice of books is good, and my list changed so many times.
- Progress reports and short- term targets are a great help when the end of the century seems a long way off. I’m so glad I thought of 10% reports.
- Claire’s advice – given at the end of her one-year century – was spot-on.
But I also know that I have been neglecting books, old and new, that didn’t fit the project. And that was a very bad thing. I tried to think of other plans but nothing else seemed quite right.
I was stuck.
Until Lisa made a comment:
” It really is an amazing project. I don’t think I could take it on – unless I did say 1850-1949. Hmmm….”
That was it!
I was much more at home in the first half of the twentieth century than the second, I have lots of Victorian novels that I want to read or re-read, and so I could have my project and build it entirely around books I really want to read.
And so I am pleased to present:
The plan is the same plan that I had for my century of books:
- Two years – so that I can mix up my reading.
- One book per author – to encourage me to read widely.
- A proper post for each book.
But there are no rules, and I’d love some company on the journey.