What are the best books of the 1930s?

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    #1The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Gerald Evans
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a timeless fiction book that captivates the heart and soul of readers. The magic, mystery, suspense and action gives this book a compelling narrative. This book is an excellent and must read of any Lord of The Rings fan."
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    #2Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 


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    Teresa Perry
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "With a basis in reality this series lets the reader live through her eyes during the American westward expansion of the frontier. The series lets the reader immerse themselves in the sometimes difficult pioneer world."
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    #3Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Jason Brooks
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Of Mice and Men is a classic book that everyone should read once. I love the story and the glimpse it gives me into life during a different time. Probably the best book from the 1930s."
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    #4Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline is a fiction novel originally published in 1932. This book entails the idiocy and hypocrisy of society through the author's point of view.


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    Julia Castillo
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I would recommend reading Journey to the End of the Night written by Louis-Ferdinand Celine. This book was written a long time ago, but the images that Celine invokes and his view of society at that time are very interesting."
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    #5Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Denise Moore
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is most definitely one of the best books that are still around from the '30s. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend to others looking for something similar."
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    #6The Good Earth

    The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Good Earth is about the life of a poor Chinese farmer. Through drought and flood, Wang Lung and his family, as do other peasant farmers, struggle to make ends meet.


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    Larry Russell
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "This in't only a best book of the 1930's but a best book of the 20th century. This should be a must read for any College student. Through sacrifice and struggle this is a story that has a lot to teach."
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    #7Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express is a book about Hercule Poirot and his three-day journey through Balkan Hills. He will face many suspects just to find out who murders a gangster on the Orient Express.


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    Wayne Chen
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "Well written 2018 addition of a 1930s classic."
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    #8Little House in the Big Woods

    Little House in the Big Woods
    Little House in the Big Woods is an autobiographical children's book by Laura Ingalls Wilder, based on her own experiences as a child in a pioneer family in the American frontier. This is the first book in the Little House series.

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    Michael Patel
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Released in 1932 and still considered a classic today. Probably a must read for anyone looking for works released in this particular decade."
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    #9Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Lawrence Davis
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "What can I really say about Gone with the Wind? It's award winning and one of the best selling novels of all time. Off the top of my head it has to be one of the most influential books to be released in the 1930s. Is it the best? I can't say for sure, but it's certainly high up on the list. "
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    #10Narcissus and Goldmund

    Narcissus and Goldmund

    Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse is a historical and philosophical fiction novel published in 1930. This book tells the story of Goldmund's search for the 'meaning of life' and his friendship with a brilliant teacher - Narcissus.


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    Madison Chavez
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This is a little-known classic that is an excellent read. Give it a try!"
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    #11The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Kees Popinga. It is first published in 1938 and New York Review of Books reprinted in 2005.


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    Crystal Grant
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This sounds like a fascinating book! On top of that, the author is so highly praised, that several of his books have recently been republished from the 1930s. The author, Georges Simenon, wrote four or five books a year for 40 years, so there is a vast collection to choose from. He is also the writer responsible for the infamous Inspector Maigret. This book is well-placed among the "best books of the 1930s"."
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    #12State Fair

    State Fair

    State Fair is a bizarre dramatic but very colorful story for young adults written by Phil Stong. It was originally published in the spring of 1932. It features a close-knit family trying to enjoy the Iowa State Fair in the 1920s.


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    Nicholas Myers
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "An entire book about going to the fair. Kinda of boring as it tends to drag toward the middle. Feels like a lot of filler."
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    #13The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac is a French noir mystery fiction and the sixteenth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is first published in 1932 and Penguin Books reprinted it in 2007.


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    Raymond Fowler
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a wonderful and classic novel from the 30’s. It is surprising to me that this isn’t more popular than it is. A great timeless story, beautifully written, and an amazing plot. A must read and highly recommended!"


Best What are the best books of the 1930s
1The HobbitBooks 19 Paid
2Little House on the Prairie (Little House)Books 15 Paid
3Of Mice and MenBooks 14 Paid
4Journey to the End of the NightBooks 11 Paid
5Brave New WorldBooks 11 Paid
6The Good EarthBooks 8 Paid
7Murder on the Orient ExpressBooks 6 Paid
8Little House in the Big WoodsBooks 5 Paid
9Gone with the Wind Books 3 Paid
10Narcissus and GoldmundBooks 1 Paid

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