Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love That Are Over Ten Years Old

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This week’s topic: Books I love that are over ten years old. This might be a bit of a challenge, y’all. Sometimes it’s a stretch to remember what I wore to work yesterday! But let’s see what I can dredge up from the recesses of my mind.

First published in 1990. If you don’t laugh out loud multiple times when you’re reading this, are you even alive? Pratchett and Gaiman are both amazing writers in their own right. Together, they’re unspeakable genius.

First published in 1977. I read The Shining when I was maybe 10 years old. It scared the bejesus out of me, so much that I had to hide it in the back of my bookshelf for a while. It was an amazing read – way better and way scarier to me than the movie with Jack Nicholson. (I read a lot of horror as a kid – my parents were very concerned about the lyrics of the music I listened to, but not so much with my reading material.)

Published in 2003. This was a captivating story, and it just boggled me how the characters could keep finding each other and keep falling in love with each other even as they were at different ages and stages almost every time they met.

Published in 1990. This stands in for the whole Wheel of Time series, really. By the time the last book in the series, A Memory of Light, was published in 2013, I had dedicated over twenty years of my life to reading this series (and re-reading part, when the later books came out and I had to go back and refresh my memory!). Was it consistently awesome? No. Some books were better than others. But I loved the series as a whole.

Published in 2011. This was such a wonderfully quirky book, and the photography just added to the sense of the weird.

Published in 2009. Flavia de Luce is probably one of my most favorite protagonists. She’s a precocious 12-year-old with a predilection for poison. She’s delightful. The entire series is a lot of fun.

Published in 2009. I learned of this book – this series – when the author visited my older son’s elementary school. Nothing would do but that we get the book to read at home. And so we did. It’s a very good middle-grade fantasy.

First published in 1962. This has been a favorite of mine since I was very young. Some days I relate so much to Meg Murry, feeling like I’m ridiculously awkward and don’t fit and everyone is smarter than me. It’s one of the few books I can always go back and read again.

Published in 1997. This is a curious work of science fiction that just sticks with you. It touches on faith, humanity, God, religion. It’s a very chewy book. I might need to go back and read it again.

Published in 1982 (the version I read). My list would not be complete without Anne-with-an-E Shirley! This is another I can read and re-read.

What are some books that you’ve read more than ten years ago that have stuck with you? Share in the comments!

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11 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love That Are Over Ten Years Old

  1. Lydia says:

    I’ve read and loved most of these books. I’ll have to read The Eye of the World, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and Books of Umber sometime.

    My post:

  2. Good list! Anne of Green Gables made my list, but I can’t believe I left out A Wrinkle in Time! (Well, yes, I can, because I limited my list to “books that are older than I am,” and I didn’t realize it qualified; I thought it came out a few years later than it did.) The Sparrow and Good Omens are both on my TBR list.

    • If I limited my list to books older than me, I’d have to go back a ways! LOL The Sparrow is unusual, but very good. And Good Omens is just so very funny! It’s the kind of book you laugh out loud at while reading in public, with no regard to the fact that people might be giving you the side eye.

  3. Cindy Davis says:

    Anne of Green Gables also made my list.

  4. I read a lot of horror as a teen, too. My parents really didn’t pay much attention to what I read, although I do remember my dad raising an eyebrow when he saw the stack of books I brought home from the library one time—it was all horror! Ha ha. Now, I’m too wimpy to read much in that genre.

    Happy TTT!


  5. Jo says:

    I really enjoyed The Time Traveller’s Wife back when I read it. I was a bit disappointed with Good Omens because I love the TV series, but when I read the book, I didn’t enjoy it as much which was a shame.
    My TTT:

  6. Good Omens is one of my favorites and it made my list as well. 🙂

  7. Great list! A Wrinkle in Time is one that I can always go back and re-read, too. It had such an impact on young me.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier!

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