Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them). This week’s theme is the Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About or older books not to be forgotten in the midst of all the new releases.
I’m super excited for this topic because it will hopefully expose me to some titles I haven’t heard of yet! However, I warn you, my list is sort of paltry. I didn’t keep track of what I read until the last year and in the last year I’ve mostly read books published in the last 3 years. So… my definition of “old” is sort of skewed… I’m trying to keep to things published in 2007 and years prior.
1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)– I know I’ve raved about this book before, but seriously… this is the perfect time of year for a story about murder and madness and how frightening ordinary they can seem. It’s also pretty short!
2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)– Anne Shirley is delightful and charming. If you’ve never given her a try, I’d recommend it. In fact, Alison of The Cheap Reader and I are doing a little readalong of Anne of Avonlea, the second in the series. Please join us, if you want to get to know this lovely character!
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)– I may have mentioned that this is my favorite book ever…
5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (2007)– This book is seriously, seriously good. And its sequel just came out, so you can read them back-to-back! (Though that is not really necessary.)
6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007)– This was really great on audiobook… funny and heartbreakingly realistic tale of coming of age as a reservation Indian who actually has a shot at escaping the res.
Ok, this is pretty shameful… I can’t think of any more books published in that time frame that I remember well enough to recommend. So please, share your lists so I can diversify my reading and stop reading a bunch of brand new books!