My Favorite Book of The Year: 1989-1980

For those who just started following my series, this is where I share my favorite book of the year. We have been working backwards in time, and this is already my fourth post in this series. By sure to check out the other three for more books!

My Favorite Book of The Year: 2019-2010

My Favorite Book of The Year: 2009-2000

My Favorite Book of The Year: 1999-1990

And, without further ado, let’s get into the eighties, a time of denim and really bad perms.


The Remains of the Day

I just read this book this year, and I absolutely loved it. I have read Kazuo Ishiguro’s debut novel, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as this one. But this novel is so beautiful! It tells the story of an old butler who is reminiscing about his past through WWII and before. There is also a movie adaptation of it, which stars Anthony Hopkins. I have not watched it yet, mostly because I’m afraid I’m not going to like it as much as the book.


The Silence of the Lambs  (Hannibal Lecter, #2)

This is definitely a gruesome book to read, but the characters are just so perfect! I’ve read several other books by Harris, but I haven’t like any of them. However, this one captures the evil within human nature perfectly.


Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language

This is one of those books you want to read purely to make you laugh. It’s a collection of people making silly mistakes when writing English. As someone who frequently makes ridiculous typos, I can relate to it completely.


Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

I’ve mentioned this book a few times on my blog and it’s one of the few books I own that I have read more then a few times (I rarely reread books). I kind of wish that a live action which was close to the book would be released. But, come to think of it, if Hollywood made it, they would ruin it anyway.


Harold's Purple Crayon Treasury

Anyone who doesn’t know of this book is really missing out! It’s such a creative journey. This was one of my earliest inspirations for being more creative, and helped me get into writing so young.


In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)

I was surprised I only read two books from 1984 and out of them, this is my preferred choice. This is the second book in the Alanna series. I really enjoyed this as a teen, though it would probably feel a bit shallow to me now. Still, it’s a fun series.


Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (Mandie, #1)

I would kind of compare this series to Nancy Drew meets the old west. It is about a young girl whose has a miserable home life and solves mysteries after being taken in by a secret family member (I tried not to give too many spoilers for the first book). There are also a few TV movies of this series, but I prefer the books better.


The Butcher's Boy (Butcher's Boy, #1)

I loved this book, until the ending…I was so disappointed with the open end, I decided not to continue on in the series. However, up until the ending, this book was amazing! It follows two perspectives: a killer assassinating powerful politicians and a young female analyst who is trying to catch him.


My Goodnight Book

This is one of the first, if not first, book I ever read. It brings back so many memories seeing the cover. I wonder if my family still has that copy of this book…I should check.


The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog, #1)

This is a series told from the perspective of a dog who is head of “Ranch Security.” It’s like a combination of noir mystery and old western…with animals as all the characters. I loved this series when I was younger and I reread the first book recently. I was happy to find it was just as good as I remembered it.

I’m pretty sure I said this last month, but doing these posts is bringing me back memories of books I haven’t read in years. I need to go back and reread some of these books.

Do any of these books look interesting? What is your favorite books of the 1980s? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

15 thoughts on “My Favorite Book of The Year: 1989-1980

  1. I didn’t read Howl’s Moving Castle until my late 20s and I was sad I missed it for so many years! It’s just wonderful. I adore the Ghibli movie version, too, even though it’s different from the book. I would be very nervous about a live action version 🤣

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