Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago


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A circular assortment of books on shelves. Sometimes I’ve had to expand Top Ten Tuesday topics a little in order to come up with decent answers for them. Today I’m going to contract my options down to books written between the years of 2000 and 2012.

You see, this is one of those topics that I could start an entirely new blog about and instantly have years worth of material to choose from. I regularly read books that were written last week as well as ones that were written a few hundred years ago.

Memorable stories come in all shapes and sizes and can be found in any period of time in my experience.

So let’s look at some books that were written in this century that I enjoyed!

he Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold book cover. Image on cover shows a charm bracelet with only one charm on it. The charm is in the shape of a house.

1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

 

w Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See book cover. Image on cover shows a young woman holding a closed fan in front of her lips as if to make a shushing motion.

2. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

 

omics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt book cover. Image on cover shows an apple that has one slice missing. The slice shows that the inside of the apple is actually an orange.

3. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt

 

and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood book cover. Image on cover shows flowers and leaves superimposed over the head of a young woman who looks a little frightened.

4. Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon book cover. Image on cover shows a black upside down dog against a red backdrop.

5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan book cover. Image on cover shows grapes, an egg, and a few old pieces of pottery sitting together.

6. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver book cover. Image on cover shows a photo of a woman from the top of her head. Her eyes and nose are in view but her mouth is not. She looks pensive.

7. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein book cover. Image on cover shows a golden retriever looking off into the distance calmly.

8. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

 

oraline by Neil Gaiman book cover. The title is in a flowery silver script against a black background. There are no images on the cover, only a blurb about how scary it is.

9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 

ver Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro book cover. Image on cover shows a close-up of the face of a woman who is looking up with a concerned expression on her face.

10. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

110 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

  1. Ooh, this is the second time I’ve seen Snowflower and the Secret Fan mentioned today! I might have to chuck it back on my TBR now 😂 Coraline is also one of the books I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while and still haven’t got around to (sadly). I can’t wait to read it though! Great list 🙂

  2. I can reread The Art of Racing in the Rain over and over again. Loved that book. The curious Incident of the dog in the nighttime is also a favorite. I still haven’t read We need to talk about Kevin and I actually have a copy on my shelf! Really need to get to it. Oh and Never let me Go. Genre bending stuff with that book. But I did love it!

    Thanks for visiting us earlier!

    • You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy We Need to Talk About Kevin and Never Let Me Go. They were both fantastic.

      Have you seen the film version of The Art of Racing in the Rain? It’s quite well done.

  3. Great post! I enjoyed The Lovely Bones as well. Here is my post-https://paigesofnovels.wordpress.com/2022/08/16/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-love-that-were-published-more-than-10-years-ago/.

  4. I have read and enjoyed four of these. I have to say The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my favourite animal stories. Great list Lydia. My TBR has grown so much this week.

  5. It’s hard to believe that some of these books are at least 10 years old, isn’t it? Then, I look at some of the ones on your list and think, “that wasn’t written in the 1990s?” LOL.

  6. I considered adding The Art of Racing in the Rain, too. I loved that book. I reread The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and enjoyed it just as much or more the second time around.

  7. Good list and Art of Racing in the Rain almost made my list….but I just had too many. Glad to see Oryx & Crake as the Atwood entry – I enjoyed that a lot. Didn’t care for Incident of the Dog, but everything can’t be a hit, right? Thanks for the visit.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • You’re welcome. And no worries. Not everyone will like the same books.

      But there were so many books to pick from this week. I hear you about having to leave off some great ones.

  8. The Pollan book I can see reading as I’ve been drawn to his books before. and yes- I sometimes think the same thing, there are so many books (and underappreciated OLDER books) that I could start a blog devoted to those and never run out of material ha! 🙂

  9. I’ve read and enjoyed a few of these, but the biggest surprise to me was The Art of Racing in the Rain. I am not a dog person and would have never picked it up if it weren’t a pick for my book club. It is a wonderful and touching story.

  10. I felt the same way about this week’s topic, so I chose a specific genre within the last ten years. I haven’t read any of these books, but they sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  11. Love your List!

    I was completely enthralled with the entire MaddAddam Series and completely understand the lure to start a whole other blog about older favorite books.

  12. A good list full of books that I’ve been wanting to read, but still haven’t gotten around to yet 😆 The Lovely Bones is sitting on my TV stand right now, as I’ve seen the movie and really wanted to read the book for a while now!

  13. I haven’t read any of these but I have heard great things about Never Let Me Go, I really want to get to it. I watched the movie based on The Lovely Bones and it was hard to watch, I can’t imagine how much harder reading the story would be.

  14. I read The Lovely Bones and I hated the ending.

    I kind of wanted to read Coraline but I fear it might be creepier than I would like.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Have a lovely day.

    • You’re welcome.

      What kind of ending would you want for The Lovely Bones?

      And, yeah, Coraline was pretty scary. Good for you for knowing your limits.

  15. I’ve read a couple of these, Curious Incident which I wasn’t a big fan of, and Coraline, which I only read a couple of years ago and it was my first Neil Gaiman book, and I quite enjoyed it.

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