My Favorite Book of the Year: 1959-1950

Another month come and gone and my spring semester is in full swing. We are currently into the 1950’s for my favorite book, and for this one I had to do a bit of reading before I had any for a few of these years, and I have a feeling it will only get harder from here. Anyway, if you don’t know anything about this series, it’s where I share my favorite book published in a certain year. Feel free to read the previous episodes first.

My Favorite Book of The Year: 2019-2010
My Favorite Book of The Year: 2009-2000
My Favorite Book of The Year: 1999-1990
My Favorite Book of The Year: 1989-1980
My Favorite Book of The Year: 1979-1970
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1969-1960

Now, let’s get into the 1950’s a time of the rise of Baby Boomers, finally no world war, and Frank Sinatra.

1959

The Haunting of Hill House

I won’t say this is one of my favorite books of all time, but it has this creepy aura to the entire story. There are few authors I’ve read that can achieve that level of scary just through atmosphere and descriptions.

1958

A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1)

This is the first book of a classic children’s series about a small bear. I find it both adorable and suspicious. In reference, here’s the short review I wrote for it on Goodreads. “On one hand, this is an adorable story. On the other hand, I have a secret conspiracy that Paddington is secretly a villain, sneaking into the Brown’s household and literally tearing it apart. He causes massive water damage by overflowing the bathtub. He nearly gets arrested. He causes the family to nearly have heart attacks several times. Sounds like he is secretly trying to destroy their lives while they are blinded by his cuteness…just a theory.”

1957

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

There were so many adult books I could have chosen from this year, but no, I have to go with this one. It’s the best Christmas classic ever, with adorable art and important message.

1956

Old Yeller

There are so many adorable dog stories, but this one is an old classic which I will guarantee make you cry.

1955

Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945

I read this book last year. It tells the story of a doctor who lived through the bombing of Hiroshima and the following months of him working to survive and later help others survive. It’s a serious but interesting book.

1954

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

If there is one fantasy series I think everyone should read, it’s this one. I know some people actually didn’t like this book (usually those people hate the fantasy genre in general), but I absolutely love it. I grew up watching the animated movies from the 1970’s and the newer live action movies. So it’s about time that I’m actually reading the original trilogy.

1953

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury is one of my current favorite writers and out of everything I’ve read by him, this is probably my favorite one. Though I did tell you guys in my last post that more than one of his books would probably be featured at these lists.

1952

Charlotte's Web

This is such a classic children’s story, one about talking animals. I absolutely loved this book growing up, even if the ending made me cry every time.

1951

My Cousin Rachel

I want to include at least one of Daphne Du Maurier’s books on this blog series, because I do love her writing, even if often times I’m not a fan of her book endings. This is a book which falls into this category. I absolutely loved the book, even if the ending was a bit disappointing. Still, it may be my favorite book she wrote.

1950

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

I could have honestly book any of this series on this list, but I’ll confine myself to the first book. It was such an important series for me growing up, and I seriously enjoy it even as an adult.

Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite books from the 50’s? 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

7 thoughts on “My Favorite Book of the Year: 1959-1950

  1. I recently found a beat up paperback copy of Old Yeller in a goodwill outlet. Having never read it, I scooped it up immediately.

    Great list you have there. I’ve read all of them but Old Yeller, My Cousin Rachel and Hiroshima Diary.

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