My Favorite Book of the Year: 1909-1900

We are finally to the turn of the century. It seems like we’ve been traveling back so fast, and yet I started this series nearly a year ago. Anyway, the first decade of the 1900’s marked a shift from old traditional towards a new way of life. Queen Victoria died in 1901, the Wright Brothers make their first flight in 1903, and the Model T car was invented by the Ford company.

If this is your first part of my series, make sure to check out my previous decades of 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
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
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1929-1920
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1919-1910

Now, let’s finish off the 20th century with a strong selection.

1909

The Phantom of the Opera

This book is almost nothing like the movie and musical which made it famous. It instead is a mystery novel, mostly from the perspective of a police detective trying to solve the case of the opera ghost. I haven’t read it in years, and I think I would like it even more than I did as a child.

1908

The Wind in the Willows

This is a beautiful book, and I remember my copy as a child having beautiful pictures too. It follows the tale of Mole, Badger, Toad, and Ratty. It’s a story of friendship and adventure and humanity told from the perspective of animals.

1907

The Willows

When it comes to great horror authors, Blackwood is up there with other great horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker. This novella follows two young men as they travel up the Danube River and find themselves sleeping in a straight willow grove for the night. It’s such a creepy and horrific story. Blackwood just creates the most perfect terrifying atmosphere.

1906

The Book of Tea: The Classic Work on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and the Value of Beauty

This book is not just about the actual ceremony of tea, but also the morality and tradition of tea in Japan. It’s a beautiful book, and one of my favorite Japanese classics I have read.

1905

The Scarlet Pimpernel

I read this book as a teen and since then I’ve probably read it at least four or five times. It’s a great adventure romance, about a mysterious man during the French Revolution who disguises himself as the infamous Scarlet Pimpernel to save people from the guillotine.

1904

The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport (Bobbsey Twins, #1)

I wish I had discovered this series as a kid, because I would have loved it! The first book, this one, came out in 1904, and it follows two sets of twin siblings who solve mysteries. It’s so adorable, and reminds me a lot of the Boxcar Children (one of my favorite childhood series).

1903

The Call of the Wild

I read this book just a couple months ago, and I absolutely loved it, despite it being a bit traumatic to read, especially if you love dogs. I wrote a full review of this book, if you’re curious to read more of the my thoughts about it.

1902

The Monkey's Paw

This is a famous horror short story about a monkey’s pay which gave the owner three wishes, but at a terrible price. Usually I don’t pick short stories for this list, but this is such a good one and I loved it!

1901

The Hound of the Baskervilles

These lists would not be complete without at least one Sherlock Holmes book, and this one happens to be my favorite, where Holmes and Watson investigates a mysterious attack by a possible dog in the country. It’s also one of Doyle’s longest novels, where most of the Holmes’s stories are short.

1900

The Deer and the Woodcutter: A Korean Folktale

This is a classic Korean Folktale which was first written down in a Korean version of this book in 1900. I love fairytales in general, and this is one of my favorites from Korea.

Next month we will be getting into the 19th century, which is my favorite century for classic novels. Have you read any of these books? Do any of them look interesting? Are they any books you love written in this decade? 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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