Best Books of 1981

The best books published during 1981.

See best of year lists for other years:
1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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189 books · 114 voters · list created June 26th, 2008 by deleted user.
Tags: 1981, best, date, period, time
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Malinda 1515 books
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Phillip 4652 books
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Thom 6023 books
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Comments Showing 1-8 of 8 (8 new)

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message 1: by Reese (last edited Jul 22, 2011 09:35AM) (new)

Reese I wanted to add / vote for RABBIT IS RICH, but GR has made it a 1980 publication. I can find no source (including my own copy of the original hardcover edition) that doesn't identify its year of publication as 1981.


message 2: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jul 22, 2011 10:10AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Agreed. I'll change it.

ETA: Should now be addable.


message 3: by Reese (new)

Reese Thank you. I appreciate your help.


message 5: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Henrichs Midnight's Children was published in 1980


message 6: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Deleted Fatal Vision, published in 1983.


message 7: by Emma (new)

Emma Deleted Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney; published in 1982


message 8: by Emma (new)

Emma Kyle wrote: "Midnight's Children was published in 1980"

My brief google search found a 1981 publication date, so I left it. It someone cares to put together an argument with specific sources, I will review!


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