My Favorite Book Of the Year: 1879-1870

I’m really enjoying this series but I’m definitely having to read more books for each decade now. For this month I had to read half the books on this list, and I am also enjoying reading classics I wouldn’t necessarily pick up otherwise. If this is your first post of mine, this is a series where I share a great book published in each year, and I have many more from the modern decade.

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
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1909-1900
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1899-1890
My Favorite Book of the Year: 1889-1880

Now we travel back to the 1870’s, an era characteristic of Reconstruction in the US, the beginning of the Gilded Age, and the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. I also happen to love the fashion of the decade, where big bustles and wider skirts were characteristic of lady’s fashion. But moving past fashion, let’s get to the books.


Treasure Island

I read this book a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. It’s such a light adventure novel, complete with pirates and treasure. But it’s also got strong moral lessons, which I like as well.


The Europeans

There are so many books by Henry James that sit on my TBR, and this one just happens to be the first I picked up. I absolutely adored it! It is such a perfect commentary on the society of the era.


Black Beauty

This is quite a sad story, but also incredibly important historically because it showed the mistreatment of many innocent animals. I read this for school probably in middle school and while it’s definitely a serious read most of the way through, it’s a beautiful story.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

I wish I had read this book as a child, because I think I would have enjoyed it so much more. It’s such a fun adventure, though definitely not politically correct according to modern terms.


The Lost Princess: A Double Story

This book was a big part of my childhood. Even before I could read, I would look through the pictures in this book. It tells the story of a spoiled princess and a wise old woman who steals her away to teach her valuable lessons, and it’s a sweet story.


Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy is another author I want to read a lot more, and I’ve heard this book is one of his best. And I can definitely agree. I did write a full review on this book if you’re curious.


Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11)

Jules Verne is one of my favorite authors in general (so expect to see him a few times on this list), and this one is one of my two favorites by him. It contains the classic tale of a man bets to travel the entire globe in eighty days. I read this book in high school and again as an adult, and I still love it. It’s fun but also shows elements of the world at the time.



This is pretty much a female version of Dracula, and you can see how Bram Stoker was inspired by this book, about a female vampire who befriends young women and slowly sucks them dry. With Halloween coming up, I really should reread it for the end of October.


The Coming Race

This book follows a man who finds himself journeying into caves deep down, finding an ancient civilization of creatures. It is an examination of humanity and society, and while it is a cynical look at humans, I really enjoyed it.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

I know, I just mentioned another book by Jules Verne, but he was one of my favorite authors has a teenager and I still enjoy reading his books. Besides, he has so many amazing books. This one is my favorite by him, and tells of a group of three men who find themselves as guests on the mysterious submarine dubbed the Nautilus, welcomed by the infamous Captain Nemo.

There are my favorite books of this decade. A quick announcement about this series. Since it’s definitely getting harder to read all the books I have to for this blog series, I’m going to move to have one of these posts every other month, as opposed to every month. I will also continue only until 1800, since it’s harder to find novels before than.

Have you read any of these or do any of them look interesting? As always, 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

23 thoughts on “My Favorite Book Of the Year: 1879-1870

  1. I am also a great fan of Jules Verne and introducing him to my grandchildren now! Just found a great biography โ€œJules Verne:The Man Who Invented the Futureโ€ by Frank Born. Thank you for your Reading suggestions!

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    1. Thank you! Journey to the Center of the Earth is amazing! Though I agree, because of how much we know about science, it is kind of hilarious some of the beliefs Victorian people had about the earth.


      1. Oh, yeah, sorry. I get so used to acronyming it. Cool! Haha! I get not being able to pick a favorite. I guess it was a little unfair of me…or was it? He-he-he…;) In Season 2 (?) the school children each pick a book to put on a play to. Willie, Carl, and another kid put on Tom Sawyer. At the part where Tom is painting the gate, Willie saws off a piece of his family’s fence. That was the part in summary. It always cracks me up.

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  2. Jules Verne rocks! You tempt me to re-read him (it’s been decades.) And I’ll definitely be hunting down a copy of Carmilla. Never heard of it, but am instantly intrigued.

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  3. Hadn’t read any of these.

    One of them is on my TBR list- I already fell in love with Huckleberry Finn, so it is of not surprise that I want to read Tom Sawyer

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