Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born That I’ve Read

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woman wearing a book on her head and smiling slightly.
This isn’t me, but it is something I’d do.

Every so often, a Top Ten Tuesday topic comes up that makes me wish I could read what is in everyone’s drafts folders for it as I work on my post.

Will you all choose books that were written hundreds of years ago?

Maybe you will pick books from many different eras instead?

Only time will tell!


1. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis

2. The Stand by Stephen King

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell

7. The Color Purple  by Alice Walker

8. Native Son by Richard Wright

9. Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe

10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison



106 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born That I’ve Read

  1. Such an awesome list, Lydia! I’ve only read One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Color Purple and Things Fall Apart but all the others are on my TBR. I’m especially keen, but also scared, to read LoTR… I hope I enjoy it more than The Hobbit (that sadly wasn’t my jam)! 😅

  2. Great choices Lydia. I have enjoyed some of these, but there are others that I haven’t yet. Some were published after I was born, yes I am old. I chose children’s books for this TTT.

  3. I’ve read a couple from your list but one I would love to read this year is Things Fall Apart. I’ve had it on my shelves forever! Great Top Ten Tuesday list!

  4. Gods but I hated Animal Farm; I think school really helped instill a dislike for literature about horrible people being horrible- Lord of the Flies, 1984, Animal Farm… as if school was hard enough to get through, then we had to wade through a bunch of depressing stories.

    That being said- I really love The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. They’re go-to’s for comfort and solace in story form.

  5. I’ve always been a huge Stephen King fan, but was unable to use him in my list. I was born in 1974 and that’s when Carrie was published…3 months after my birthday. It’s been interesting to see what people came up with this week. There’s been much more variety than what I expected.

  6. I told you, I’d find you. LOL
    Great list. I read #s 5,6,7,9,10. Hardly any of your books would have made it onto my list since some of them were written after my birth. (#s 2,4,5,7,9,10) But there you see, there are great books all the time.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  7. Oh! The Stand is one of my favorite books EVER! It’s also the longest I’ve ever tackled! I couldn’t make it through One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s been a few years since I tried it and think I should give it another go. I may not have really been in the mood for it the first read through. Animal Farm is a favorite as well and I’ve been meaning to read Things Fall Apart Forever!

    • I hope you enjoy the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia and the other books on your TBR and my list, too. Which Narnia books haven’t you read yet? Some of them are so different from each other!

  8. I finally read LOTR after the first Peter Jackson movie came out. Probably time for a re-read! I really like The Hobbit as well, I read it every few years…

  9. while I love doing what you said at the beginning (look at other posts!), this one certainly made me feel like, well, old…
    a few of the books would easily fit on my list too.. 🙂

    • Thank you.

      It’s been really interesting to see the spread of ages in the TTT community. We have participants from so many different generations.

  10. I read Stranger in a Strange Land for class — sci fi isn’t normally my genre, but I was impressed by the quality of this one.

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