Here is a list of some of my favorite books published in the 20th century. These books are perfect to add to your library and are just as enjoyable as they were today. All can be found at Amazon by the way.
Nibbles and Me by Elizabeth Taylor
I found this book when I was first interested in Old Hollywood. If you’re a fan of Elizabeth Taylor you need this book in your collection. If you love illustration, animals or a sweet story this is for you too. First published in 1946, Taylor tells the story of her friendship with a chipmunk and gives us beautifully drawn illustrations of their adventures. There are also several black and white photographs included.
Based on true events of eleven children, this is the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. In Belles on Their Toes tells the story of their life without their father and how the family manages to stay together. While the first book is one you should definetely read first, I love Belles on their Toes as a sequel that holds up on its own. Both books were made into films in the 1950s starring Myrna Loy and Jeanne Crain.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
After viewing the film starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, I wanted to read the novel that the film was based on. This novel was published in 1938 and features line drawings to along with the story of a British governess who meets an American nightclub singer.
Collected Stories: Flappers and Philosophers, Tales of the Jazz Age by F Scott Fitzgerald
I read this particular book (the version put out by Barnes and Noble) over the summer at the beach and poolside. If you enjoyed The Great Gatsby or any story that takes place in the 20s you should get this. I really enjoyed the writing of these stories.
18 years after the first Nancy Drew book was published came Trixie Belden in 1948. While I read a few Nancy Drew books as a kid, when Random House came out with reprinted Trixie books I preferred these. Initially because Trixie had short curly hair like me but also found the area she lived in to be a beautiful place.
Although these books were published long before I was born I love them and find them to be excellent stories and a fun escape to another time What are your favorite vintage books?