My Favorite Book of the Year: 1929-1920

Ah, the 1920’s. This is the 10th post in this series, where I share my favorite book published in a certain year. Here are all the others I’ve done…

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
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1959-1950
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1949-1940
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1939-1930

The 1920’s was an era following the Great War, a time of flappers, a flourishing economy in much of Europe and America (until 1929, of course), the rise of the film industry, and short hair for women.

1929

All Quiet on the Western Front

This is an extremely dark book, a story of WWI from the perspective of a German soldier in the trenches. It’s one of the few books which got me really depressed. Even so, it is such an important literary work.

1928

The Skylark of Space

This book follows a group of young people who travel up into space in a ship called the “Skylark,” going on to have adventures. It’s such a unique combination of adventure, classic sci-fi, and romance.

1927

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

This is a short book I read in high school, and is absolutely beautiful. It follows the tragedy of the collapse of a bridge in Peru, killing five people. A monk, Brother Juniper, witnesses the tragedy and sets out on a journey to find the reason why death should exist and why such a horrible thing should happen.

1926

Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)

This is such a classic book, adapted into multiple sequels and movies. Most everyone grew up knowing the name of Winnie-the-Pooh, and his little animal friends. And this was the book which started it all.

1925

The Painted Veil

This is a dark, but beautiful tale, following a spoiled woman and a young doctor who married her. After he discovers she is having an affair in Hong Kong, he moves them to a remote village in China suffering from a cholera epidemic, testing both their lives. It’s a fascinating book, even though the ending is a bit sad. There is also a movie adaption which I hear is very good.

1924

A Passage to India

I won’t say I loved this book, because so many of the characters were really annoying, and yet it is a beautiful story and paints such a vivid image of India during the turn of the 20th century. This is also the first book by Forster I’ve read and it’s made me want to pick up more of his.

1923

Bambi

I won’t say I enjoyed the book as much as the classic Disney movie, but it is rather adorable and the art is beautiful.

1922

Captain Blood

This is a fun swashbuckling book of a man falsely accused of a crime and shipped to the Americas as a slave, only to become a pirate. It’s fun, but surprisingly complex and deep, accented by a lush historical landscape.

1921

We

This book is described as being the inspiration for 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (both books I read and loved), so I picked up this one. They are all similar books, I agree, and if you read and liked either of those books, you’ll probably like this one.

1920

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)

This is the first book in the Hercule Poirot mystery series, featuring one of the most famous detective of all time. I enjoyed this book, as it has a youthfulness that the later stories lack. It is fun and light, and features Agatha Christie’s signature brilliant twist ending.

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite books from the 1920’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

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