Reading Project for 2011


So here I am re-launching this blog after about 18 months of non-stop work with lots of changes in my life. And how do I do it?

I announce a project that will keep me — and I hope, some of YOU! — busy in 2011.

The Rochester Public Library will be 100 years old in 2011, and in honor of that auspicious occasion, I intend to read 100 books — one from every year RPL has existed.

100 Books. 100 Years.

I’ve started building lists of books published from 1911-2011. Here are some that look promising:

  • 1911 – Queed by Henry Sydnor Harrison – Haven’t found a good description of the book, but this quote from the frontispiece on Google Books is intriguing: “Mr Queed, you are afflicted with a fatal malady. Your cosmos is all ego.”
  • 1912 – Tante by Anne Douglas Sedgwick – about the destructive relationship between a concert pianist and her young protégée.
  • 1921 – The Sheik by Edith M. Hull – bestselling romance novel which became the basis for Rudolph Valentino’s film of the same name.
  • 1926 – The Private Life of Helen of Troy by John Erskine – just what the title says. Later made into a film.

There are lots of good stories just waiting to be re-discovered. I plan to write about my year-long journey here, and am thinking about possibly starting a book discussion club if enough people want to join me.

2 comments on “Reading Project for 2011

  1. […] thought I’d start with a book published in 1910 to get myself warmed up for my 100 Years. 100 Books reading project, which begins in January 2011 as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the […]


  2. Jackie Katz says:

    Love this idea: please count me in!