Best Books of 1961

I was unable to find this year in the lists of books by the year they were published.
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks for voting.


message 2: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Wow, some great books came out the year I was born. I need to make a point of reading more of them!


message 3: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. I was born in 1961 so of course it's a wonderful, fantastic, stupendous year!


message 4: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "Victoria wrote: "Wow, some great books came out the year I was born. I need to make a point of reading more of them!"

That is a good idea. I never thought of doing that before. Be sure to read M..."


I have a semi-funny story about Marnie. We were double dating with one of our friends and at the time his much younger girlfriend whose name is Marnie. I asked if she was named after the movie and she said yes but she'd never watched it. I started laughing and told her to watch it and then ask what in the hell her mom was thinking naming her after someone who is a crazy, kleptomaniac, etc. and then went on describing some of Marnie's other wonderful attributes. She didn't think this was funny at all so of course it took me awhile to stop laughing.


message 5: by Victoria (new)

Victoria I've seen the movie, "Marnie," but now I'm curious about the book. I am continually amazed by what people choose to name their children. For example, there are plenty of Baptist "Brandy"s and "Sherry"s out there. Why would you name your child after an alcoholic beverage when your denomination doesn't believe in drinking alcohol? And that's just one example . . .


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads "Lisa" shot up to the top of the girl's name charts in the 60s; the first "soap opera vixen" was named Lisa. Obviously a lot of mothers were watching As the World Turns!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for being first published in 2012:

Isn't It Pretty To Think So?


message 8: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Kawabata's 'Beauty and Sadness' (title's in German) wasn't published till 1964.


message 9: by Naomi (new)

Naomi Cleaned up so the first page (100 entries) are for the correct year.


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