Best Books of the Decade: 1930’s


1930–1939

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1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

First Published in 1937, Average Rating, 2,071,616 Ratings, 37,653 Text Reviews, 969 Editions


2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

First Published in 1937, 3.84 Average Rating, 1,467,496 Ratings, 24,642 Text Reviews, 373 Editions


3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

First Published in 1932, 3.97 Average Rating, 1,022,601 Ratings, 20,095 Text Reviews, 515 Editions


4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

First Published in 1936, 4.28 Average Rating, 873,981 Ratings, 16,050 Text Reviews, 409 Editions


5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

First Published in 1939, 3.92 Average Rating, 322,321 Ratings, 12,991 Text Reviews, 381 Editions


6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1939, 4.23 Average Rating, 408,983 Ratings, 17,264 Text Reviews, 474 Editions


7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Sally Beauman

First Published in 1938, 4.2 Average Rating, 177,384 Ratings, 14,920 Text Reviews, 306 Editions


8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

First Published in 1936, 4.13 Average Rating, 282,623 Ratings, 7,909 Text Reviews, 353 Editions


9. Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

First Published in 1935, 4.18 Average Rating, 195,424 Ratings, 3,220 Text Reviews, 146 Editions


10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

First Published in 1937, 3.87 Average Rating, 181,106 Ratings, 9,005 Text Reviews, 80 Editions


11. The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)by Pearl S. Buck

First Published in 1931, 3.97 Average Rating, 182,220 Ratings, 8,259 Text Reviews, 210 Editions


12. Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1) by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

First Published in 1932, 4.16 Average Rating, 165,127 Ratings, 4,096 Text Reviews, 132 Editions


13. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1934, 4.16 Average Rating, 138,444 Ratings, 8,713 Text Reviews, 429 Editions


14. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

First Published in 1939, 4.22 Average Rating, 156,726 Ratings, 1,407 Text Reviews, 74 Editions


15. Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller — Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill

First Published in 1937, 4.17 Average Rating, 87,445 Ratings, 3,272 Text Reviews, 709 Editions


16. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

First Published in 1930, 3.72 Average Rating, 103,547 Ratings, 5,508 Text Reviews, 134 Editions


17. Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley, Christopher Hitchens

First Published in 1932, 4.16 Average Rating, 108,124 Ratings, 1,012 Text Reviews, 38 Editions


18. Anthem by Ayn Rand

First Published in 1938, 3.62 Average Rating, 95,620 Ratings, 7,096 Text Reviews, 460 Editions


19. The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker

First Published in 1931, 4.14 Average Rating, 102,348 Ratings, 1,009 Text Reviews, 63 Editions


20. Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1930, 4.03 Average Rating, 93,963 Ratings, 2,199 Text Reviews, 216 Editions


21. The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1) by Raymond Chandler

First Published in 1939, 4.04 Average Rating, 84,489 Ratings, 3,884 Text Reviews, 238 Editions


22. Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1) by P.L. Travers, Mary Shepard

First Published in 1934, 4.05 Average Rating, 82,706 Ratings, 3,295 Text Reviews, 162 Editions


23. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

First Published in 1933, 3.83 Average Rating, 79,008 Ratings, 3,615 Text Reviews, 406 Editions


24. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, Doris Hauman, George Hauman

First Published in 1930, 4.15 Average Rating, 82,102 Ratings, 1,033 Text Reviews, 90 Editions


25. On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House, #4) by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

First Published in 1937, 4.19 Average Rating, 74,666 Ratings, 1,250 Text Reviews, 87 Editions


26. Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1937, 4.06 Average Rating, 64,949 Ratings, 2,219 Text Reviews, 61 Editions

27. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

First Published in 1938, 4.12 Average Rating, 72,504 Ratings, 1,130 Text Reviews, 56 Editions


28. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson

First Published in 1936, 4.35 Average Rating, 70,961 Ratings, 1,216 Text Reviews, 78 Editions


29. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

First Published in 1930, 3.92 Average Rating, 58,742 Ratings, 3,576 Text Reviews, 207 Editions


30. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander, Hayden Carruth

First Published in 1938, 3.91 Average Rating, 50,876 Ratings, 1,959 Text Reviews, 187 Editions


31. The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1936, 3.97 Average Rating, 49,513 Ratings, 2,159 Text Reviews, 240 Editions


32. By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House, #5) by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

First Published in 1939, 4.16 Average Rating, 51,640 Ratings, 866 Text Reviews, 68 Editions


33. Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1) by C.S. Lewis

First Published in 1938, 3.92 Average Rating, 49,617 Ratings, 2,626 Text Reviews, 119 Editions


34. Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4) by L.M. Montgomery

First Published in 1936, 4.04 Average Rating, 47,657 Ratings, 1,346 Text Reviews, 187 Editions


35. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson

First Published in 1938, 3.95 Average Rating, 48,964 Ratings, 2,031 Text Reviews, 63 Editions


36. The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, Merle S. Haas

First Published in 1931, 4.07 Average Rating, 50,976 Ratings, 328 Text Reviews, 43 Editions


37. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

First Published in 1934, 3.71 Average Rating, 45,518 Ratings, 2,526 Text Reviews, 205 Editions


38. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1) by Carolyn Keene, Russell H. Tandy, Sara Paretsky

First Published in 1930, 3.98 Average Rating, 44,256 Ratings, 2,169 Text Reviews, 44 Editions


39. Farmer Boy (Little House, #3) by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

First Published in 1933, 4.05 Average Rating, 39,863 Ratings, 1,525 Text Reviews, 62 Editions


40. Light in August by William Faulkner

First Published in 1932, 3.93 Average Rating, 42,101 Ratings, 1,948 Text Reviews, 136 Editions


41. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovelby Virginia Lee Burton

First Published in 1938, 4.2 Average Rating, 42,632 Ratings, 525 Text Reviews, 40 Editions


42. I, Claudius (Claudius, #1) by Robert Graves

First Published in 1934, 4.27 Average Rating, 38,484 Ratings, 1,862 Text Reviews, 152 Editions


43. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

First Published in 1933, 3.42 Average Rating, 37,535 Ratings, 1,519 Text Reviews, 101 Editions


44. Down and Out in Paris and Londonby George Orwell

First Published in 1933, 4.1 Average Rating, 34,739 Ratings, 2,633 Text Reviews, 164 Editions


45. Caddie Woodlawn (Caddie Woodlawn #1)by Carol Ryrie Brink

First Published in 1935, 3.99 Average Rating, 37,689 Ratings, 1,171 Text Reviews, 34 Editions


46. Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6) by L.M. Montgomery

First Published in 1939, 4.05 Average Rating, 36,641 Ratings, 814 Text Reviews, 166 Editions


47. Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Donald Margulies, Tappan Wilder

First Published in 1938, 3.63 Average Rating, 35,296 Ratings, 1,231 Text Reviews, 48 Editions


48. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack, Kurt Wiese

First Published in 1933, 4.15 Average Rating, 36,193 Ratings, 418 Text Reviews, 36 Editions


49. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

First Published in 1935, 3.82 Average Rating, 30,048 Ratings, 1,776 Text Reviews, 145 Editions


50. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss, Roz Chast

First Published in 1932, 3.92 Average Rating, 28,260 Ratings, 2,520 Text Reviews, 60 Editions


51. Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse, Ursule Molinaro

First Published in 1930, 4.19 Average Rating, 25,544 Ratings, 1,318 Text Reviews, 214 Editions


52. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

First Published in 1936, 3.96 Average Rating, 30,283 Ratings, 1,589 Text Reviews, 107 Editions


53. Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) by Noel Streatfeild, Diane Goode

First Published in 1936, 4.06 Average Rating, 26,211 Ratings, 1,036 Text Reviews, 68 Editions


54. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Storiesby Ernest Hemingway

First Published in 1938, 3.88 Average Rating, 21,365 Ratings, 1,030 Text Reviews, 125 Editions


55. Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

First Published in 1939, 4.16 Average Rating, 24,871 Ratings, 1,767 Text Reviews, 77 Editions


56. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, Lionel Trilling

First Published in 1938, 4.14 Average Rating, 22,227 Ratings, 1,500 Text Reviews, 151 Editions


57. The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew #2) by Carolyn Keene, Mildred Benson

First Published in 1930, 3.94 Average Rating, 24,872 Ratings, 1,097 Text Reviews, 47 Editions


58. Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1936, 3.86 Average Rating, 21,207 Ratings, 892 Text Reviews, 196 Editions


59. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

First Published in 1937, 4.35 Average Rating, 23,544 Ratings, 807 Text Reviews, 55 Editions


60. Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud, James Strachey, Peter Gay

First Published in 1930, 3.76 Average Rating, 21,447 Ratings, 700 Text Reviews, 156 Editions


61. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen

First Published in 1937, 3.96 Average Rating, 21,687 Ratings, 1,346 Text Reviews, 165 Editions


62. Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot, #19) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1938, 3.84 Average Rating, 20,793 Ratings, 967 Text Reviews, 210 Editions


63. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

First Published in 1934, 3.81 Average Rating, 19,416 Ratings, 1,559 Text Reviews, 115 Editions


64. National Velvet by Enid Bagnold

First Published in 1935, 4.09 Average Rating, 22,682 Ratings, 195 Text Reviews, 54 Editions


65. Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1932, 3.89 Average Rating, 19,463 Ratings, 1,115 Text Reviews, 204 Editions


66. Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1) by Arthur Ransome

First Published in 1930, 3.98 Average Rating, 21,716 Ratings, 712 Text Reviews, 60 Editions


67. A Rose for Emily and Other Stories by William Faulkner

First Published in 1930, 4.06 Average Rating, 22,629 Ratings, 419 Text Reviews, 20 Editions


68. Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1936, 3.9 Average Rating, 19,577 Ratings, 1,031 Text Reviews, 171 Editions


69. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Hercule Poirot, #20) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1938, 3.9 Average Rating, 17,971 Ratings, 1,374 Text Reviews, 188 Editions


70. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

First Published in 1930, 3.99 Average Rating, 21,797 Ratings, 865 Text Reviews, 94 Editions


71. Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Ralph Manheim, William T. Vollmann

First Published in 1932, 4.25 Average Rating, 17,388 Ratings, 1,196 Text Reviews, 169 Editions


72. We the Living by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff

First Published in 1936, 3.89 Average Rating, 20,994 Ratings, 1,178 Text Reviews, 63 Editions


73. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

First Published in 1934, 3.97 Average Rating, 20,535 Ratings, 1,534 Text Reviews, 88 Editions


74. Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #6) by Dorothy L. Sayers

First Published in 1930, 4.14 Average Rating, 18,578 Ratings, 918 Text Reviews, 15 Editions


75. Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring

First Published in 1939, 4.14 Average Rating, 20,473 Ratings, 133 Text Reviews, 8 Editions


76. Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1935, 3.78 Average Rating, 17,308 Ratings, 862 Text Reviews, 179 Editions


77. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

First Published in 1935, 3.85 Average Rating, 8,392 Ratings, 1,669 Text Reviews, 117 Editions


78. Ask the Dust (Arturo Bandini, #3) by John Fante, Charles Bukowski

First Published in 1939, 4.14 Average Rating, 16,226 Ratings, 1,398 Text Reviews, 72 Editions


79. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop, Kurt Wiese

First Published in 1938, 4.18 Average Rating, 20,189 Ratings, 334 Text Reviews, 15 Editions


80. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft, China Miéville, S.T. Joshi

First Published in 1936, 3.93 Average Rating, 16,637 Ratings, 1,485 Text Reviews, 253 Editions


81. At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror by H.P. Lovecraft

First Published in 1931, 4.25 Average Rating, 19,586 Ratings, 467 Text Reviews, 8 Editions


82. The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) by T.H. White

First Published in 1938, 3.92 Average Rating, 17,104 Ratings, 624 Text Reviews, 70 Editions


83. And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

First Published in 1937, 3.99 Average Rating, 17,584 Ratings, 508 Text Reviews, 25 Editions


84. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

First Published in 1934, 3.92 Average Rating, 17,370 Ratings, 907 Text Reviews, 76 Editions


85. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

First Published in 1937, 3.57 Average Rating, 16,074 Ratings, 1,097 Text Reviews, 122 Editions


86. The Waves by Virginia Woolf

First Published in 1931, 4.14 Average Rating, 15,965 Ratings, 1,420 Text Reviews, 294 Editions


87. Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9) by Agatha Christie

First Published in 1933, 3.88 Average Rating, 14,117 Ratings, 870 Text Reviews, 192 Editions


88. Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6) by P.G. Wodehouse

First Published in 1934, 4.31 Average Rating, 8,234 Ratings, 1,147 Text Reviews, 207 Editions


89. The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, #1) by Enid Blyton

First Published in 1939, 4.24 Average Rating, 16,470 Ratings, 520 Text Reviews, 38 Editions


90. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Catsby T.S. Eliot, Edward Gorey

First Published in 1939, 4.09 Average Rating, 15,410 Ratings, 852 Text Reviews, 89 Editions


91. The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7)by P.G. Wodehouse

First Published in 1938, 4.36 Average Rating, 8,979 Ratings, 1,135 Text Reviews, 81 Editions


92. Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque

First Published in 1936, 4.48 Average Rating, 14,321 Ratings, 420 Text Reviews, 102 Editions


93. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West, Alfred Kazin

First Published in 1939, 3.78 Average Rating, 15,798 Ratings, 584 Text Reviews, 77 Editions


94. Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12) by Dorothy L. Sayers

First Published in 1935, 4.26 Average Rating, 14,750 Ratings, 1,203 Text Reviews, 72 Editions


95. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, J.M. Coetzee

First Published in 1938, 3.72 Average Rating, 13,871 Ratings, 1,000 Text Reviews, 96 Editions


96. Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey, #10) by Dorothy L. Sayers

First Published in 1933, 4.21 Average Rating, 14,672 Ratings, 654 Text Reviews, 87 Editions


97. Lust for Life by Irving Stone

First Published in 1934, 4.19 Average Rating, 13,082 Ratings, 810 Text Reviews, 107 Editions


98. The Wall by Jean-Paul Sartre

First Published in 1939, 4.07 Average Rating, 12,180 Ratings, 452 Text Reviews, 116 Editions


99. Burmese Days by George Orwell

First Published in 1934, 3.84 Average Rating, 12,119 Ratings, 929 Text Reviews, 116 Editions


100. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

First Published in 1936, 4.12 Average Rating, 13,559 Ratings, 781 Text Reviews, 53 Editions


101. Babar the King by Jean de Brunhoff

First Published in 1933, 4.18 Average Rating, 14,296 Ratings, 39 Text Reviews, 25 Editions


102. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

First Published in 1939, 4.29 Average Rating, 12,811 Ratings, 716 Text Reviews, 42 Editions


103. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

First Published in 1937, 3.86 Average Rating, 12,032 Ratings, 703 Text Reviews, 62 Editions


104. Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller

First Published in 1938, 3.85 Average Rating, 12,082 Ratings, 529 Text Reviews, 111 Editions


105. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

First Published in 1933, 3.9 Average Rating, 10,907 Ratings, 1,093 Text Reviews, 128 Editions


106. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker

First Published in 1937, 3.7 Average Rating, 9,942 Ratings, 1,095 Text Reviews, 115 Editions


107. Mutiny on the Bounty (The Bounty Trilogy, #1) by Charles Bernard Nordhoff, James Norman Hall

First Published in 1932, 3.97 Average Rating, 11,746 Ratings, 195 Text Reviews, 59 Editions


108. The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat, D.P. Costello

First Published in 1937, 3.99 Average Rating, 5,168 Ratings, 991 Text Reviews, 83 Editions


109. Maitreyi by Mircea Eliade

First Published in 1933, 3.92 Average Rating, 11,079 Ratings, 184 Text Reviews, 30 Editions


110. Tobacco Road (Brown Thrasher Books) by Erskine Caldwell, Lewis Nordan

First Published in 1932, 3.73 Average Rating, 10,959 Ratings, 587 Text Reviews, 80 Editions


111. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

First Published in 1939, 4.16 Average Rating, 10,648 Ratings, 1,058 Text Reviews, 81 Editions


112. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin #1)by Hergé, Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper, Michael Turner

First Published in 1930, 3.67 Average Rating, 10,702 Ratings, 360 Text Reviews, 56 Editions


113. Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles Terry, Edwin O. Reischauer

First Published in 1935, 4.43 Average Rating, 9,574 Ratings, 759 Text Reviews, 52 Editions


114. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara

First Published in 1933, 3.83 Average Rating, 10,663 Ratings, 603 Text Reviews, 59 Editions


115. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

First Published in 1936, 3.87 Average Rating, 9,599 Ratings, 746 Text Reviews, 99 Editions


116. A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich, Caroline Mustill, Clifford Harper

First Published in 1936, 4.1 Average Rating, 8,297 Ratings, 1,190 Text Reviews, 94 Editions


117. Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Siouxby Black Elk, John G. Neihardt

First Published in 1932, 4.13 Average Rating, 8,888 Ratings, 514 Text Reviews, 59 Editions


118. The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media by Walter Benjamin

First Published in 1936, 4.05 Average Rating, 9,875 Ratings, 55 Text Reviews, 20 Editions


119. Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov

First Published in 1936, 3.94 Average Rating, 8,812 Ratings, 612 Text Reviews, 81 Editions


120. Dear Theo by Vincent van Gogh, Irving Stone, Jean Stone

First Published in 1937, 4.09 Average Rating, 9,121 Ratings, 189 Text Reviews, 72 Editions


121. Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales by H.P. Lovecraft, Les Edwards, Stephen Jones

First Published in 1930, 4.29 Average Rating, 8,344 Ratings, 409 Text Reviews, 44 Editions




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