Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Books Written Before I Was Born. This seems like an odd prompt to me because I feel like there are hundreds and hundreds of books that were written before I was born. (I’m not that old!) But I realize there are probably thousands that were written after I was born. So whatever. Here are ten I would like to read someday.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I’m actually reading this right not but I’m taking it sloooow because it’s long. It’s fun, though!

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones: Honestly, I should just read all of Jones’ books (even if some were published after I was born), but I want to at least read the ones connected (loosely) with Howl’s Moving Castle.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: I really need to read more Agatha Christie because they’re so fun! I’ve had this one on my list for a while because it sounded the most interesting.

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card: I adore Ender’s Game but never read any of the other books connected to it. I should do that… right?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo: Another classic I need to read and also watch the Disney film version of. It’s not as long as Les Mis, so it should be doable!

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis: I’ve read the first book in this trilogy, but I need to read the other two, considering most people say the second book is the best. I have a volume of all three together but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: I received a copy of this from a friend last year because she thought I would enjoy it. Just add it to the list of classics I need to read!

Other Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Until recently, I didn’t know Laura wrote other books about her travels and adventures. I’d love to read them at some point, maybe if I decide to revisit the Little House series again.

The Once and Future King by T. H. White: At some point, I want to read all the King Arthur books I can find. I don’t know how soon that will be, but I do own a copy of this so maybe sooner than I think.

The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: I started reading through this collection of Sherlock Holmes novels and stories, but it was very dry and I never finished. I’d like to start again and actually read through the collection!

What books do you want to read that were written before you were born? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born

    • I’m only about 300 pages in (of like 1000?) so I can’t really make a recommendation yet. I suppose if you like classics that are long, maybe?


    • It’s definitely the longest, unread book I own. (I have Les Mis and it’s about 200 pages longer XD)

      Good luck if you decide to tackle it!


    • Good to know! I’ve had it on my list for a while and I’ve read TWO other Christie books instead because they made new film adaptations. XD I need to read it soon.


    • There are so many Holmes stories! I have that collection but I don’t even know if it’s technically a “complete” works kind of thing.


      • I don’t think I have a “complete” Holmes set… I should probably get one so that I know when I get to the end I will have read all of Doyle’s stories. I have a habit of reading a story here, and a story there, and never knowing how many I’ve read and how many are left. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  1. I read On The Way Home as a kid — I think I actually got it in a gift shop while visiting one of the LIW museums — and enjoyed it, but that’s it as far as supplemental writings. I also feel like I need to revisit the Little House series before I do, since I don’t remember it all — but part of me thinks maybe that’s good, and I can appreciate the content for what it is instead of comparing it to the canon and characters I know, trying to match or separate fact from fiction? This dilemma may or may not have been going on in my head for 5-6 years…

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    • Hahah, wow! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to separate the Little House books from the non-fiction stuff because I remember so many random, vivid details from those books! ๐Ÿ™‚


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