A few months ago I got the idea to create a reading queue based on anniversary. There were quite a few great books celebrating more or less significant birthdays in 2009.
Continuing the idea, here’s a list of possibilities to choose from for 2010, with the ordinal in parentheses. The list is skewed to 20th Century lit since I didn’t go farther back in my searching except for certain authors — there will be scads of additional selections available if you feel like looking around. Feel free to offer any other suggestions in the comments.
strike out those I get around to reading during the year.
- The Brothers Karamazov (130th) – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Rhinoceros (50th) – Eugene Ionesco
- The Town and the City (60th) – Jack Kerouac
- Immortality (20th) – Milan Kundera
- Devil in a Blue Dress (20th) – Walter Mosley
- Skinny Legs and All (20th) – Tom Robbins
- Cosmos (30th) – Carl Sagan
- The Bachelors (50th) – Muriel Spark
- The Ballad of Peckham Road (50th) – Muriel Spark
- The Snake’s Pass (120th) – Bram Stoker
- The Sleeper Awakes (100th) – H.G. Wells
- Jeeves in the Offing (50th) – P.G. Wodehouse
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (30th) – Douglas Adams I, Robot (60th) – Isaac Asimov The Handmaid’s Tale (25th) – Margaret Atwood Martian Chronicles (60th) – Ray Bradbury Ender’s Game (25th) – Orson Scott Card The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (10th) – Michael Chabon Farewell, My Lovely (70th) – Raymond Chandler The Sign of Four (120th) – Arthur Conan Doyle Baudolino (10th) – Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose (30th) – Umberto Eco LA Confidential (20th) – James Ellroy As I Lay Dying (80th) – William Faulkner Love in the Time of Cholera (25th) – Gabriel García Márquez The Difference Engine (20th) – William Gibson and Bruce Sterling The Marble Faun (150th) – Nathaniel Hawthorne For Whom the Bell Tolls (70th) – Ernest Hemingway The Cider House Rules (25th) – John Irving Tristessa (50th) – Jack Kerouac To Kill a Mockingbird (50th) – Harper Lee A Canticle for Leibowitz (50th) – Walter M. Miller Ringworld (40th) – Larry Niven The Violent Bear It Away (50th) – Flannery O’Connor Hemingway’s Chair (15th) – Michael Palin Good Omens (20th) – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Still Life with Woodpecker (30th) – Tom Robbins Contact (25th) – Carl Sagan Green Eggs and Ham (50th) – Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (50th) – Dr. Seuss Zeitgeist (10th) – Bruce Sterling The Artificial Kid (30th) – Bruce Sterling A Confederacy of Dunces (30th) – John Kennedy Toole The Accidental Tourist (25th) – Anne Tyler Hocus Pocus (20th) – Kurt Vonnegut The Age of Innocence (90th) – Edith Wharton Mrs. Dalloway (85th) – Virginia Woolf