Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books Older Than Me That I Want to Read
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Books Written Before I Was Born. This was actually a really hard topic for me because up until about ten years ago, I was very much into reading classics. I guess it was an extension of my college and grad school studies but I read most of the well known classics and then branched out and read a lot of more obscure titles as well. That said, I was still able to come up with 10 titles that were published before I was born that I haven’t read yet but would like to at some point.
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10 Books Older Than Me That I Want to Read
1. THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD by Agatha Christie
Even though I selected this title, I’d actually really like to read everything by Agatha Christie. So far I’ve only read And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express and I loved both of them.
2. I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith
I’m always up for a good coming of age story and this one has received lots of high marks from reviewers I trust.
3. REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
As much as I enjoy Gothic stories, I’m surprised I haven’t gotten around to this one yet.
4. THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo
I actually haven’t read the books or seen the films.
5. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
I took a course on 20th Century British Literature when I was in grad school and we read several of Greene’s novels. I really enjoyed his writing style and read a couple more of his after I graduated. Somehow I never got around to this one though, even though it’s probably one of his better known novels.
6. THE BIBLE
This might seem like an odd choice, but I’ve honestly never been a big Bible reader. I remember reading a few passages here and there back when I used to attend Sunday School but that’s about it. I remember wanting to take a course called “The Bible as Literature” when I was in college but it was so popular that in all four years, I was never able to get into the class. One of these days I would like to do some kind of a Bible study, whether it’s as literature or a more traditional study.
This is another where I’ve read various passages here and there, usually in order to understand references to it in other works of literature. One of these days I would like to read it in its entirety, mainly just so I can say I did it, haha.
8. FRANNY AND ZOOEY by J.D. Salinger
I’ve re and re-read The Catcher in the Rye but somehow Franny and Zooey slipped through the cracks and I have yet to read it.
9. THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins
Like Rebecca, I’m actually surprised I haven’t picked this one up yet since I usually love those 19th century gothic reads. I remember this one being mentioned a lot in class and that all of my professors loved it so someday I’d like to read it.
10. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO by Boris Pasternak
I think the only reason I haven’t read this yet is because the subject matter sounds a bit daunting with its extensive focus on Russian history, particularly the Russian Revolution.
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I highly recommend the audio version of Rebecca. The narrator added so much to the atmosphere of the story. And, The Godfather was SO good and still ranks as one of the books that was perfectly adapted on film.
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Thanks for the tip about the audio. I’ll check to see if my library has it.
Rebecca and I Capture the Castle both made my list as books I’ve loved – hope you enjoy them as well!
There’s a group online that is reading Dante this year, a chapter a day. We’ve just finished Inferno, and now we are pushing on.
Oh wow, I might need to try something that like that so that I can squeeze it in around all of my review books.
I read I Capture the Castle recently and adored it! appy reading! 😀 My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/books-written-before-i-was-born-the-classics-edition/
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The Woman in White has been such a popular pick this week.
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I’ve noticed that. 🙂
I’ve actually read three of these: The Woman in White, Rebecca and I Capture the Castle, and I think they were all picks from the book club I used to be in. They did love picking classics!
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Those are the three from my list that I’m most excited to read. 🙂
I loved loved loved the Agatha Christie books back in the day! And Roger Ackroyd is one I really enjoyed. I haven’t read Rebecca, but I watched the Netflix movie. I heard the book is much better.
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I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Roger Ackroyd. I’m really excited to read more of her books because they always keep me guessing.
I haven’t read any of these except for Rebecca. And I am in the minority when I say I just didn’t get the hype. It was creepy and all but I didn’t love it.
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I’ll be curious to see what I think of it.
In college, I took a Bible as Literature course so I’ve read pretty much the entire Old Testament. I have read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – it’s my (current) favorite Christie novel. I want to read more by her too. Halloween Party is also really good!
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Oh yay, I’m so glad to hear Roger Ackroyd is a good one. She has so many that I was struggling to pick a starting point.
The Woman in White so such a great book, definitely a favorite of mine. It’s a bit long-winded at times, but it totally pays off in the end. I Capture the Castle and Rebecca are so good! I started reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd once and ended up temporarily DNFing it because I just couldn’t get into, but I really want to try it again!
I’m glad to hear this. Hopefully I’ll enjoy these as much as you did. 🙂
Great list! I’m not religious but I agree that the Bible can be considered great literature. Here’s my post if you’re interested: https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/ttt-february-new-releases/
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I haven’t read any of these yet, but Rebecca and Franny and Zooey are books I’d love to read some day!
Hopefully we’ll both enjoy them when we finally get around to reading them. 🙂
Funny enough, I read both ROGER ACKROYD and REBECCA in 2020. Prior to that, I’d only read the same two Christie books you have – I’d say ROGER ACKROYD is my least favorite of the three with ATTWN being the first. Although I loved REBECCA’s Gothic vibe, that’s about all I enjoyed about it, sadly. I know I’m in the minority on that, but the book just felt really long and pointless to me! I hope you enjoy all these when you read them!
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I’ll be curious to see if I end up enjoying them when I finally read them.
When I lived in Jacksonville, my church had the read-the-Bible-in-a-year thing, and I did. I have a Catholic and NIV Bible. Never read King James.
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I think I need something structured like that to help me.
I loved the Dr Zhivago film but I’ve never tackled the book, maybe one day.
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I still need to tackle both, lol.
I want to read more Christie also.
I remember my parents being crazy about the Dr Zhivago movie, and only later discovered it was based on a book!
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I still need to watch the film too. My grandma was a big fan of it.
Oooh! I didn’t know that the Godfather was based off a book! Great list!
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I really need to reread REBECCA since I read it ages ago! Also, my mom keeps recommending DOCTOR ZHIVAGO to me so that’s on my TBR! I love THE GODFATHER movies, so I can’t wait to read the book!
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I’m very excited to read Rebecca. Everyone I know who has read it loved it.
I actually like Franny and Zooey much better than Catcher in the Rye! I hope you get to read it soon!
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I hope so too. I liked Catcher in the Rye well enough but I think Franny and Zooey will appeal to me more.
I’ve been tempted over the years to try and tackle Dr. Zhivago since that’s where my name came from (Tanya was Zhivago’s wife) but it seems like such a huge undertaking.
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Oh that’s cool. I didn’t know that. Yeah, the daunting factor has been the one thing holding me back too.
YKES! There aren’t many books older than me I want to read(lol). In fact, I remember reading The Godfather a zillion years ago, and loving it. Another great topic, and hope you are well! Hugs, RO
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I am doing well. Hope you are too. 🙂
I have always wanted to read Doctor Zivago!
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I need to read it and watch it, lol.
You took the words right out of my mouth re: Rebecca. (I also have Dragonwyck, pushed on me by a friend who’s adores Rebecca, as a very similar novel. I can’t decide if it’s better or worse that I now essentially have a 2-for-1 on the TBR)
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I watched Rebecca on Netflix and now I understand why its such an important classic. I hope you make more book lists-they are inspiring.
I really want to watch Rebecca on Netflix. It’s on my to-watch list but I haven’t gotten to it yet.