Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are listing our Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About (you can define older however you wish. Basically just back-listed books you think are great. Basically the point is to share books that could be forgotten about in the midst of all the new releases). Some of these books may be sitting on your TBR just waiting to be read!
Though I tend to read a lot of “older” books since I am not always a fan of what is currently being published this is actually quite challenging for me. Strictly because there are so many books out there that I love and don’t want people to forget about. These books shall be listed in no particular order since they are all great books.
Watership Down by Richard Adams. Some might think that a book written about wild rabbits would be dull. However, for those of us who have read Watership Down, we know what a great story this is.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Alright, I will admit I still haven’t read this book, however, I have seen the movie and the TV series based upon the book and know how downright amazing those were. Plus when many people think of good western writers Larry McMurtry’s name is often mentioned.
Green Rider by Kristen Britain. I love the Green Rider series, though the first book will always be my favorite among them. Such an interesting story, with well-developed characters and great twists it really is a book that should not be forgotten.
The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass. Another great fantasy novel. The Wayfarer Redemption is the beginning of a series sharing the same name. Its expansive plots, varied characters, and setting really have such great appeal.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. While there have been a great number of books, and movies for that matter, telling the story of King Arthur in various forms, The Mists of Avalon puts a nice twist on it as it is told from the perspective of the women involved in his life.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. What a great series. I remember reading it way back when in public school and I’m glad to see it’s not only still around but getting a bit of a facelift with the new movies. I actually recently picked up a copy of the series because I wanted to read it again and eventually share it with my son once he gets old enough to read it.
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Or anything by Robert Munsch for that matter. While these books are still quite popular today I would hate to see them ever be forgotten. I grew up reading Robert Munsch books and now my son is also getting into them, and oddly enough The Paperbag Princess is his current favorite Munsch book, likely because we just got it the other week.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Another book from my childhood that I absolutely love. However, the fact that it is now considered a banned book really irks me. What is so wrong with talking animals? Apparently, a lot because parents complained and now it’s banned. The stupid thing is I bet most of those parents grew up with this book and lost their sense of fun and wonderment upon reaching adulthood so chose to remove good books from the lives of their and other children.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. The story of Black Beauty is such an amazing one. Told by Beauty himself the story chronicles his life through good times and bad. This is a book that sticks with you and begs to be read again and again. It would be a shame to have this book forgotten.
White Fang by Jack London. A story about hardship and survival White Fang really is a great book.
All Books by Roald Dahl. The Witches, James and The Giant Peach, The BFG, and many more. Roald Dahl’s books are truly fantastic and deserve to be passed down to the next generation.
Call of The Wild by Jack London. Another Jack London book. Call of The Wild is a truly great tale.
Anything considered a classic. I’m talking Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, and others of that era. While I haven’t read these books I know they are extremely important to literature and must never be forgotten.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. While I can’t for the life of me clearly remember what happens in this book I do know I read it back in public school and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s really one of the first books I remember reading in school even if the details are a bit fuzzy.
The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. Another classic. Many people will think of the movie when they think of The Wizard of Oz, but the books are also amazing and really need to be kept around for others to enjoy in the future.
I hope you enjoyed my list of Older Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About. What books would you add to this list?