While there were still some terrible books in this decade, the books were much better than the 1920’s selections. Laurinda’s average rating for the 1920’s was 2.19 vs. an average of 2.75 for the 1930’s. Sally’s was 1.9 for the 1920’s and 2.6 for the 1930’s. In general, there was far less racism as well. Interestingly, author diversity declines drastically: all the winning authors are American (white?) women, though some were born abroad. The settings of the stories don’t reflect this, however. Characters travel through China, Hungary, Bulgaria, the American Southwest, New York City, and frontier Wisconsin. The most successful narratives blended strong character development with interesting settings. The least instead mixed platitudes with poorly executed research.
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
The White Stag
Gnawing off a leg would be more enjoyable than reading:
Waterless Mountain (though Sally and Laurinda differed in their intensity of loathing for this one).