110 Books for 110 Years

Takoma Park Library

110 Books for 110 Years

How Many on Our List Have You Read?

We hope you'll enjoy this list of 100 great books, compiled for the occasion of the Takoma Park Library's Centennial in November, 2011.  We will continue to add great new titles every year.  These titles are owned by the DC Public Library, and most of them come in other formats, too -- such as audiobooks, DVDs, playaways, and ebooks! Wednesday, Nov. 17 marks the 110th "birthday" for the Takoma Park Library. We are updating this list to include books published through 2021 for a total of 110 titles! Check them out today:

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1911: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
1912: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
1913: O Pioneers!  by Willa Cather
1914: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1915: The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
1916: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1917: Anne’s House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery
1918: In Defense of Women by H. L. Mencken
1919: Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson


1920: Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
1921: Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
1922: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
1923: Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
1924: A Passage to India by E. M. Forester
1925: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1926: Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
1927: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1928: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
1929: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque


1930: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
1931: Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer
1932: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
1933: Lost Horizon by James Hilton
1934: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
1935: Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
1936: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1937: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
1938: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1939: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot


1940: Native Son by Richard Wright
1941: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
1942: Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
1943: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
1944: The Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham
1945: Animal Farm by George Orwell
1946: The Street by Ann Petry
1947: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
1948: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
1949: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson


1950: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
1951: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1952: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
1953: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1954: Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
1955: Eloise by Kay Thompson
1956: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
1957: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1958: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
1959: The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass


1960: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1961: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
1962: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
1963: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
1964: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
1965: Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
1966: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
1967: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
1968: Corduroy by Don Freeman
1969: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


1970: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
1971: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
1972: Watership Down by Richard Adams
1973: Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
1974: Carrie by Stephen King
1975: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
1976: Roots by Alex Haley
1977: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
1978: The World According to Garp by John Irving
1979: Kindred by Octavia Butler


1980: Cosmos by Carl Sagan
1981: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
1982: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1983: The Witches by Roald Dahl
1984: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
1985: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
1986: Maus by Art Spiegelman
1987: Beloved by Toni Morrison
1988: Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
1989: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel


1990: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
1991: The Firm by John Grisham
1992: Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
1993: When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda  Santiago
1994: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
1995: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
1996: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
1997: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 
1998: The Hours by Michael Cunningham
1999: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


2000: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
2001: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
2002: Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
2003: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2004: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
2005: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
2006: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
2007: The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
2008: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2009: Stitches: A Memoir by David Small


2010: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
2011: The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
2012: We March by Shane W. Evans
2013: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
2014: Redeployment by Phil Klay
2015: Felicity by Mary Oliver
2016:The Power : a novel by Naomi Alderman
2017: Chocolate City by Chris M. Asch and G. Derek Musgrove
2018: The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
2019: Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer


2020: Brown Sugar Babe by Charlotte Watson Sherman
2021: The Women's March by Jennifer Chiaverini