My Favorite Book of the Year: 1949-1940

I have been really enjoying this series so far, but I am getting to a point where I’m having to read a few books for each new post, and I assume it’s going to get a whole lot worse as the decades continue. I’m hoping to continue putting up one of these posts a month, but I may be forced to eventually change to every other month. Anyway, if this is the first post from this series that you’ve read, I advise you check out the earlier decades first.

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

And we are now to the 1940’s, a time characterized by the most brutal war in history, WWII. Many of the books written during this era covered the war, or its effects on people and society. Many of the most famous dystopian novels were also written during this time. So, let’s get into it.



I won’t say I absolutely loved this book, because boy is that society twisted. But it is a fascinating and important read, both because of the world he created and Orwell’s understanding of human psychology. If you are curious to hear my full thoughts, I did a review for this book.


The Secret of the Mansion

So, Trixie Belden was this series which I would categorize as pretty much Nancy Drew but for slightly older kids. I read the first few books when I was young and loved them. I’m just always surprised that so few people know this series but everyone knows Nancy Drew. Anyway, it’s a fun book.


The Diary of a Young Girl

Most people have probably heard of this book, even if they haven’t read it. I read it a couple years ago and, while it’s definitely so personal, it’s such an insightful piece of literature into the perspective of a young girl going through so much at a young age. It is a pity she didn’t survive the Nazi war camps to see her diary become so famous.


Man's Search for Meaning

Unlike our last author, Victor E. Frankl survived the Nazi war camps, coming out to tell his story in this compact book. Because he was a psychologist, he takes a much deeper perspective of the war camps as opposed to your average witness. It is a beautiful book, with a darker sense of humanity than most of us would like to realize.


The Great Divorce

I have enjoyed each and every one of C.S. Lewis’s books I have read, but this one is one of my favorites. It is an allegorical tale of a dead man journeying on his way to reach heaven, meeting people along the way. It’s a wonderful story, and even more interesting understanding the deeper messages.


The Road to Serfdom / Text and Documents, The Definitive Edition

In this philosophical book, Hayek looks at how Soviet Russia began and how dangerous a collectivist mentality is in society. It’s a fascinating, but extremely serious read. Hayek was an economist, so much of his analysis comes from his knowledge of how the economy works.


The Little Prince

This is such a…unique story. I did a full review for it, which I advise you to read if you want to understand more of this book. It’s a light, allegorical tale with a darker backstory of WWII, following the story of an alien prince traveling through the galaxy.


The Robe

They made this into a movie in the 1950’s…please don’t watch it. Anyway, this book tells the story of a young man who receives the robe of Jesus, and goes on a journey of conversion. But that description does not fully encompass the depth of this book. The characters are brilliant, the historical context is perfect, and the story is realistic.


The Matchlock Gun

I grew up reading this book, and I always enjoyed it. It follows a boy left home with his mother while he father leaves, only to be attacked by Indians (or Native Americans, or whatever the newest politically correct term is) with a flintlock gun to defend him. Anyway, isn’t a sweet story about overcoming fear and being courageous.


The Singing Tree

So, I was assigned to read this back in school, a long, long time ago. It’s a beautiful story of a family living in a village in Hungary, just as the Great War hits. I haven’t read it in a few years, so I should really pull my old copy out and reread it.

So there you are for the 1940’s. Have you read any of these books or do any look interesting to you? 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

15 thoughts on “My Favorite Book of the Year: 1949-1940

  1. I’ve only read a couple of these books, but I’ll have to read some of the others since you made them sound interesting. I agree that 1984 is an important book, though I personally like Animal Farm more–it’s more iconic. Funny that you mention Trixie Belden. I remember writing detective stories as a child and kinda copying that series by naming my protagonist “Dixie Something” (can’t remember the last name) haha.

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    1. I definitely prefer Animal Farm more, I agree. And that is funny. It is interesting to me when I come across a character with a similar name as one I created for one of my books.


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