Ah, the seventies, a time of drugs, hot pants, and really radical music that seems tame now by modern standards but was then considered “devil music.” Good times.
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 fifth post on this series. By sure to check out the other four for more books.
Let’s see how long I can keep doing this series before I run out of books for one year. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for several months. It’s December already!
I was actually surprised to learn this series started back in the 70s. This is a cozy history mystery series. I haven’t caught up with the books yet, but the few books I have read, I’ve loved. Set in New York City near the turn of the century, is follows Inspector Pitt and socialite Charlotte Ellison as they solve murders and get marry.
I’ve read a bunch of books on the history of China, but I like this one because it covers a lot of topics without going into each one in too much detail. It’s a great introduction for understanding different Chinese eras.
This is a Christian autobiography about a man who lost his wife and dealt with horrible grief. His narrative starts at the beginning of his life until after his wife’s death, creating a lush, detailed narrative. He was also close to C.S. Lewis, and Lewis wrote several letters to him, which are included in this book.
I could have put this series under a number of years, but since I didn’t read a better book published this year, I’ll pick it for this one. For those who have never heard of this series, it’s a comedy comic following the misadventures of a tiny Gaul village with supernatural powers fighting against the Roman empire. It’s such a hilarious and light read!
This is another cozy historical mystery, blending Egypt, romance, and mystery perfectly. It follows Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson as they go on Egyptian digs and solved murder mysteries. The book begins in the 1880s, but the book I’m up to was set around 1900. I lost some interest as the series continued, but I still love the first few books.
My dad was obsessed with Louis L’amour, and owned all his books. I’ve been meaning to read more of his books, but I’ve only read a couple. This is the first book of the Sackett series (following different Sacketts through history) and is kind of like a pirate adventure mixed with a western. It’s a lot of fun with surprisingly interesting characters.
I assumed the book would never be as hilarious as the movie, and yet it was. It’s such a quirky narrative. If you’re curious to read my full thoughts on this book, be sure to check out my review.
There are so many books on folklore out there, but one reason I liked this one so much is you rarely hear mythology about Africa (and I’m talking more about southern/western Africa, not places like Egypt, which of course has a lush mythos). It seems a history forgotten by modern literature. The only books I’ve seen about Africa have been set in the modern day, not during times like the Mali Empire or the Kingdom of Ghana. So I thoroughly loved this book, especially since it’s so short (under a hundred pages).
Move aside Boy Scout Manuel, this is the manual about how to be a Viking. I loved this book when I first read it. Not only does it talk about the ordinary life of the Vikings outside of battle, but it is filled with beautiful illustrations.
Katherine Kurtz is one of the classic fantasy authors you think of during the 70s and 80s. Apparently her later books aren’t as good, but this book is amazing! It follows a young prince and his main adviser in a plot to save the kingdom. When it comes to high fantasy, this book is in my top ten!
I can’t believe next month (and a new year!) we will already be moving back to the 60s. I have a feeling in the next couple decades I may run out of books for each year, but I’ve been trying to read more classic books. Let’s see if I can do it.
Anyway, have you read any of these books? What are your favorite books from the 1970s? 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,