I’ve sort of given up on the idea of actually finishing A Century of Books in 2014 – when I started, Shiny New Books was just a twinkle in Annabel and Victoria’s eyes, and it has taken me away from my checklist of years – but I will still finish it, even if it takes a bit longer than planned. And, you never know, publishers might considerately start reprinting precisely the years I need to fill.
It’s become clear, from the list I’ve read and the books I want to read, that the biggest gap is the 1990s. Unsurprisingly the interwar years are nearly completed – either in black ink (finished) or pencil (planned) – but I have only read two books from the 1990s (A.A. Milne: His Life and The Blue Room), with three more vaguely planned (Summer in February, Silence in October, and Old Books; Rare Friends). That leaves 1991, ’92, ’93, ’94, and ’96 without even the glimmer of a suggestion.
So… over to you for guidance. What do you think I should read for those years? Extra points if the books are in any way zeitgeisty… because I’ll probably end up just reading 1990s biographies of people from the 1930s, won’t I?