Top Ten Tuesday: Forgotten Backlist Titles

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Two pretty black women are wearing sundresses and having a picnic on a blanket in the park. The one on the left is wearing a straw hat and reading a book to her companion while the other one sips a glass of wine and smiles. This is the time of year when Toronto is so hot and humid that I generally get a lot of reading done, from new releases to classics to backlist titles that I meant to read a year or two ago but never got around to it.

I don’t know about all of you, but I sure appreciate having books to fall back on as entertainment options while I wait for cooler days ahead.

Here are five backlist books I loved and five more I hope to maybe get started on over the next several weeks of summer.

The Backlist Books I Loved:

Book cover for A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Image on cover shows a saint standing on a hill behind dazzling yellow light. He is clutching something and looking up expectedly at the sky.

1. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

Genre: Science Fiction, Post-apocalyptic

What It’s About: Cloistered monks who rebuilt society after a devastating nuclear war.


Book cover for The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Image on cover shows a shadowy photo of a grand old house that is now decaying into ruin because the owners can no longer afford to maintain or repair it.

2. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Genre: Historical Fiction, Gothic

What It’s About: An English physician who befriends a formerly-wealthy family in the mid-to-late 1940s. The family lives in a crumbling mansion that may be haunted.

Book cover for The Annals of a Country Doctor by Carl Matlock, MD. Image on cover shows a drawing of a red house. There are a few large trees growing next to it and a flock of geese flying in the sky above in a v formation.


3. The Annals of a Country Doctor by Carl Matlock, MD

Genre: Memoir, Medicine

What It’s About: The funny, touching, and sometimes bittersweet memories of a rural medicine physician in the 1970s.


Book cover for The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Image on cover shows a painting of a young black girl sitting next to a window with her face half turned out to see the street. She is wearing an old-fashioned red sweater and a small hat.

4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Genre: Fiction

What It’s About: Race, loneliness, and a young girl coming of age.

Book cover for Dracula by Bram Stoker. Image on cover is mostly in shadow, but in the top third you can see the frightening red face of a vampiric monster leering at you from the shadows.

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror

What It’s About: An arrogant man named Jonathan who ignored countless warnings and travelled deep into Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a house. What Jonathan didn’t know was that Dracula was a vampire.


The Backlist Books I Hope I Will Love:


Book cover for Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing by Emily Lynn Paulson. The title and author are written in a 1970s font that is various shades of pink and red. On top of the title there is a tube of lipstick that has been digitally superimposed on top o an eye that is in the centre of three triangles of various sizes with the smallest one being inside of a bigger one, and the bigger one being inside of the biggest one. The triangles and lipstick are also superimposed on a red circle that has three little stars around it in roughly even spacing from one another.

1.  Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing  by Emily Lynn Paulson

Genre: Nonfiction

What It’s About: How multi-level marketing schemes deceive their customers.

Piñata (Hardcover) by Leopoldo Gout book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a creature wearing a hood and a hat that is comprised of about a dozen spikes coming out of what appears to be a human skull.

2. Piñata by Leopoldo Gout

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

What It’s About: A modern-day retelling of a classic piece of traditional Mexican lore.


After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz book cover. Image on cover is a drawing of various Greek women sitting around a table reading, talking, and resting.

3. After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz

Genre: Historical, LGBTQ+

What It’s About: The lives of queer women at various points in history.


This Is Not My Home by Vivienne Chang book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a young Chinese girl wearing a yellow blouse. She’s standing on a balcony and you can see other apartment buildings in the background. Her mouth is open, and inside of her mouth is the title of the book in yellow letters.

4. This Is Not My Home by Vivienne Chang

Genre: Children’s (picture book)

What It’s About:  The difficulties of moving to a new area and making new friends.

Meet Me in Mumbai by Sabina Khan book cover. Image on cover shows drawing of the heads of two Indian women facing away from each other as well as the ghostly face of a woman who is looking at neither of them.

5. Meet Me in Mumbai by Sabina Khan

Genre: Young Adult

What It’s About: The main character’s transracial adoption, queer family, and coming of age experiences.



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68 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Forgotten Backlist Titles

  1. Canticle was such an interesting book, though its outlook was a little grim.

  2. Athena

    Ooh I still see canticle and dracula around a lot, the classics have staying power! Great list!

  3. The Little Stranger was good. And Dracula is one of my all-time favorite books. Great list! 😀

  4. It’s been so long since I read Dracula, but I do want to reread one of these days (which I’ve been saying for years, so maybe it’s about time to make it happen). I liked The Little Stranger, but if I were going to pick a Sara Waters book, it would be Fingersmith, which I loved. Great list!

  5. Yes, I am very glad for books to fall back on!!! I love that there is such a wide variety to choose from too!

  6. I’m hoping to finally read Dracula this year. Both Meet Me in Mumbai and This is Not My Home look and sound great, too!

  7. I’ve heard of A Canticle for Leibowitz but haven’t read it. That and Pinata sound interesting! Great list.

  8. I’m eager to read This is Not My Home…if I can ever find a copy. A Canticle for Leibowitz is a great book.

  9. I think Jana talked about making it a goal to read some of the backlist titles vs. all the “shiny” releases everyone else is talking about, and I love that idea! I have so many on my shelf that I may love, but haven’t read yet. Hope you enjoy those you plan to read, Lydia, and as always, thanks for visiting my website. 🙂

  10. I haven’t read any of these, so it was nice to hear that you liked them.

  11. Nice list!
    I have only read #4 in your first group, but am planning one day to read #1 and 5!

  12. I’m giving Dracula a go at the minute, on an email service that sends it out by the days corresponding to the diary entries! I’m finding it a little harder to get into as it’s not spooky season, though.

  13. Whenever I see your TTT posts I end up adding at least one book to my tbr! This time A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Little Stranger, After Sappho, and Meet me in Mumbai made the list.

  14. Ha I haven’t heard of any of these but we are alike in naming 5 books from the backlist we want to read. Hope we do so.

  15. Great list! Love the cover for Piñata.

  16. These are all new to me! Happy August reading!

  17. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller is one that is on my list waiting for a Kindle edition.

    Great list!

  18. Great list! A Canticle for Leibowitz is an old favorite of mine, recommended to me by my father way back when. I think I need to re-read it now that I’m older than he was at the time! Dracula was surprisingly easy to read, I thought, and I really liked The Little Stranger, too.

  19. I’ve always wanted to give Dracula a shot.

  20. I’ve only read Dracula from your list… in fact, I think it’s about time I read it again. I like revisiting that one from time to time, and it’s been a while since my last time reading it.

    My TTT:

  21. RS

    The Little Stranger is one of my best friend’s all-time favorite books. It sounds right up my alley, I really must get around to it…

  22. In Arizona, we have a dry heat, with very little humidity. It’s HOT, but at least it’s not also humid. Either way, ugh. The best way to get through it is definitely staying inside where it’s cool and losing yourself in a book!

    Other than DRACULA, I haven’t read any of these. I hope you enjoy the ones you haven’t read yet.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  23. I read and enjoyed Meet Me in Mumbai, is a realistic and emotional story, hope you like it too

  24. I’m making my way through Sarah Waters’s backlist, I like her writing a lot.

  25. The Little Stranger sounds really good!

  26. Jo

    I hope you enjoy the ones you haven’t read yet!

  27. You’ve got some interesting ones here!
    Hey Hun was well worth it (I put my review link in as my blog link)–I read/reviewed it in May. Dracula surprised me by how much I liked it.

  28. I really enjoyed Meet Me in Mumbai! The Bluest Eye is on my tbr, and someday I’d like to read some Sarah Waters. Great list!

  29. So many of these sound really good! I’m definitely adding Meet Me in Mumbai to my TBR, and some of the others on your list. I read The Bluest Eye, and Toni Morrison writes some seriously powerful books. Enjoy your week!

  30. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    The Little Stranger sounds good and creepy. I’d probably save that one for a cold and gloomy weekend. 🙂

  31. I’ve never read Dracula, but I am intrigued for sure! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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