Best Books of the Decade: 1960s

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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Apr 28, 2010 10:20AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) How did "The Bluest Eye" make it onto this list? It's from 1970 ...

ETA: Ditto Lenin's "What Is to Be Done?" (1929!)

Removed both.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The first publication dates on books are sometimes very wonky.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Yes, so I noticed when I started to add books to the lists for individual years that you and Bettie have so meticulously begun to put together! ;)


message 4: by Black (new)

Black Guy hi booo


message 5: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson There hasn't been a book of such mainstream influence while having the ARTISTIC edge attached to it as well, as Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" a top 10 book for me. It took the mantle of "America's Book" which "The Catcher In The Rye" held that title for a decade or so until Ms. Lee's book in the 60's.


message 6: by ebru (new)

ebru where is "The Catcher In The Rye" ?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) It was published in 1951, so it doesn't belong on this particular list. It IS on the list for "Best Books of the 1950s," though! See http://www.goodreads.com/list/best_of...


message 8: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie there are several repeat books on this list...i don't know if you want to fix that or not...

to kill a mockingbird (it's voted as #1 and #186, for instance), charlies and the chocolate factory, rosemary's baby...to name a few


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I made it check for duplicates; that should have resolved the repeats.


message 10: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Susanna wrote: "I made it check for duplicates; that should have resolved the repeats."

cool, thanks! :D


message 11: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed 'Love in the time of Cholera', published 1985.


message 12: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed 'A Suitable Boy', published 1993.


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed Sartre 'Huis Clos'; published 1944.


message 14: by John (last edited Nov 14, 2014 08:05AM) (new)

John Morison Its sad we try to hide what our future is heading for two of those books not listed here are 1984 and a brave new world. Read these two books and then open your mind get informed and see the direction we are moving. When I first read them I was amazed at the similarities. Our children and their children are in for a bumpy ride. They will never know the freedoms we enjoyed they will only know the comfort of their cages and the nice choices they have not freedoms.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Neither 1984 or Brave New World were first published in the 1960s, which is why they are not on this list.


message 16: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 17: by Rosa (new)

Rosa Funny; I consider Valley of the Dolls one of the worst books of the 60's.


message 18: by Rose (new)

Rose Flowers for Algernon was published 1959. It currently shows up on both best of 50s & 60s list.


message 19: by Kathi (new)

Kathi I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou Autobiography was published in 1993


message 20: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jan 10, 2020 02:19PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That is incorrect. She first published I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1969. It belongs on this list.

Your edition, or the most popular edition, may have been published in 1993. This list is for "first publication date," however.


message 21: by Heidi (new)

Heidi This list is not allowing me to add several
books that I know were published in the
1960's.


message 22: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Heidi wrote: "This list is not allowing me to add several
books that I know were published in the
1960's."


Is the publishing date mentioned with the book(s)?


message 23: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Yes, it is. And I have also checked
out the correct dates on Worldcat.


message 24: by Heidi (new)

Heidi I will just accept the situation.
I am not going to fight it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Is the *original publication date* on the book from the 1960s? If it's not, it won't let you add it. (A librarian can change the date if it's inaccurate.)


message 26: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Yes, it is from the 1960s.

There were several I was looking at.
But the main one is the Wild Heart
by Helen Griffiths.

It was originally published in 1963.
I have checked both Worldcat and
goodreads. It is listed is being published
in 1963 on goodreads . And it is
listed as being originially published in 1963
on Worldcat.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It lacked "original publication date" - that's why it wouldn't add, I suspect.

Does it add now?


message 28: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Susanna

I added it and it worked.

Thank you

Heidi


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem!


message 30: by Sally (new)

Sally duplicates removed


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