It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today’s topic is near and dear to my heart. So much so that I co-host a meme that brings attention to some of these great older titles. [Speaking of which, insert shameless Throwback Thursday plug here.]
That said, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, these titles are going to be familiar, because I’ve featured most of them as Throwbacks. What can I say? They’re awesome.
Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About
1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Lots of people don’t even realize this is a book, and I find that immensely sad.
2. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Still the best high fantasy series I’ve ever read, and the book I measure all other fantasies against. If you’re a fantasy lover and I haven’t convinced you to read this book yet, I’m doing something wrong.
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I divide my sci-fi into two categories: Aliens and No Aliens. In the Aliens category, this book is my favorite.
4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
And in the No Aliens category, this one is my favorite. If you’ve only seen the movie, the book is vastly different. Although the movie is pretty awesome too.
5. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
This one bridges the Aliens-No Aliens gap, and so I love it in a different way than the other two. Also, I realize this is another Michael Crichton book. But considering I’ve read all his books (and there are many), the fact that I’m only putting two of them on this list actually took a great deal of restraint. I could make a Top 10 of just Crichton books that I’ve read over half a dozen times.
6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Man, do I love this book. I’m not typically a historical romance kind of gal, but throw in a sprinkling of time travel, and you’ve got me.
7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I don’t think this story is in any danger of being forgotten any time soon, but it’s definitely older and I most certainly don’t want it to ever become obsolete. Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth was groundbreaking and stunning, and I hope people love it forever.
8. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Likewise, I doubt the story of the Pevensie children stumbling their way into a magical land via an antique wardrobe in an old man’s spare room is going anywhere in the immediate future, but I just wanted to state for the record how much I adore these stories.
9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I love the story of the March sisters, and that through all their adventures and romances and hardships, their relationships with each other, and with their mother, is what’s really important.
10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I love everything about this story. While it’s simple and sweet and old-fashioned, I can’t help but think that Anne herself is pretty timeless.