The Books of the Century, 1930–1939

Best Books by Decade: 2010-20192000-20091990-19991980-19891970-19791960-19691950-19591940-19491930-19391920-19291910-19191900-1909

    1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (‘The
    2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (‘Brave
    3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (‘Gone
    4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (‘Of
    5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (‘The
    6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (‘Rebecca'
    7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (‘And
    8. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie (‘Murder
    9. Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (‘Little
    10. The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1) by Pearl S. Buck (‘The
    11. Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (‘Little
    12. Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse (‘Narcissus
    13. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (‘As
    14. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil (‘The
    15. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (‘Madeline'
    16. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (‘Nausea'
    17. Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline (‘Journey
    18. The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1) by Raymond Chandler (‘The
    19. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (‘Tender
    20. The Man Without Qualities: Vol. 1 by Robert Musil (‘The
    21. I, Claudius (Claudius, #1) by Robert Graves (‘I,
    22. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (‘Their
    23. The Wall by Jean-Paul Sartre (‘The
    24. Death on the Installment Plan by Louis-Ferdinand Céline (‘Death
    25. Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie (‘Death
    26. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (‘The
    27. Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1) by P.L. Travers (‘Mary
    28. Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1) by Agatha Christie (‘Murder
    29. The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Frost (‘The
    30. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (‘Down
    31. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper (‘The
    32. The Waves by Virginia Woolf (‘The
    33. Light in August by William Faulkner (‘Light
    34. On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House, #4) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (‘On
    35. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (‘The
    36. The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot #13) by Agatha Christie (‘The
    37. Our Town by Thornton Wilder (‘Our
    38. The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) by T.H. White (‘The
    39. The Journey To The East by Hermann Hesse (‘The
    40. The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis (‘The
    41. On the Marble Cliffs by Ernst Jünger (‘On
    42. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (‘Cold
    43. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (‘Absalom,
    44. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (‘Homage
    45. Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12) by Dorothy L. Sayers (‘Gaudy
    46. Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4) by L.M. Montgomery (‘Anne
    47. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (‘The
    48. Lost Horizon by James Hilton (‘Lost
    49. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot (‘Old
    50. Out of the Silent Planet (The Space Trilogy, #1) by C.S. Lewis (‘Out
    51. By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House, #5) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (‘By
    52. A Universal History of Iniquity by Jorge Luis Borges (‘A
    53. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (‘Tropic
    54. Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer (‘Joy
    55. Farmer Boy (Little House, #3) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (‘Farmer
    56. The Theater and Its Double by Antonin Artaud (‘The
    57. The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7) by P.G. Wodehouse (‘The
    58. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain (‘Double
    59. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (‘At
    60. The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, #11) by Dorothy L. Sayers (‘The
    61. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (‘Mike
    62. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (‘A
    63. Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14) by Agatha Christie (‘Murder
    64. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck (‘The
    65. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (‘Vile
    66. Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #6) by Dorothy L. Sayers (‘Strong
    67. Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6) by L.M. Montgomery (‘Anne
    68. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (‘Out
    69. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene (‘Brighton
    70. The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff (‘The
    71. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (‘The
    72. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater (‘Mr.
    73. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #1) by Carolyn Keene (‘The
    74. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (‘Caddie
    75. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss (‘The
    76. Burmese Days by George Orwell (‘Burmese
    77. The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth (‘The
    78. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway (‘To
    79. Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) by Noel Streatfeild (‘Ballet
    80. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (‘The
    81. Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (‘Johnny
    82. Ask the Dust (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #3) by John Fante (‘Ask
    83. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara (‘Appointment
    84. Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey, #10) by Dorothy L. Sayers (‘Murder
    85. Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot #9) by Agatha Christie (‘Lord
    86. Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot (‘Murder
    87. The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch (‘The
    88. Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot, #19) by Agatha Christie (‘Appointment
    89. Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring ( and Old Lace
    90. My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber (‘My
    91. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (‘Scoop'
    92. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (‘The
    93. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (‘Tortilla
    94. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (‘Miss
    95. Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton (‘Goodbye,
    96. Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey, #8) by Dorothy L. Sayers (‘Have
    97. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Hercule Poirot, #20) by Agatha Christie (‘Hercule
    98. USA: The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / The Big Money by John Dos Passos (‘USA:
    99. Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (‘Miss
    100. Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov ( to a Beheading


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