Tuesday, October 02, 2012
This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, asks which ten "older" books we hope people won't forget. It is definitely true that I at least tend to get caught up in the excitement of new releases and review copies, when there are many older gems waiting to be discovered. For my post, I am excluding classics, as I don't think many people will forget about them, and I am only including books published before 2010.
1. Born Confused by Tanujah Desai Hidier -- I loved this book -- it is the only book I have turned right around and reread after finishing it. It's a great example of solid YA that is probably being obscured in the masses of new books coming out now, and it shouldn't be forgotten!
2. Kartography by Kamila Shamsie -- I'm a total evangelist for this book. Not many people have read it, but I guarantee the writing and the beautiful, odd story will make this one a keeper for many.
3. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier -- This book is possibly my favorite book that I have read this year. The story is absolutely gorgeous.
4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield -- This was a well-written and spooky read -- perfect for a little fall reading with a cup of hot cider.
5. The Mitford books by Jan Karon -- These are very simple, very cozy books that are absolute gems. I read them for the first time in sixth grade, and am now very slowly rereading the series.
6. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver -- I feel like everyone knows about The Poisonwood Bible (which is fantastic as well), but The Bean Trees doesn't get nearly as much love, and it is one of the best books I've discovered since beginning this blog.
7. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman -- Another set of books I read when I was much younger, these books have been favorites for years.
8. The Alanna books by Tamora Pierce -- Long before Katniss or Katsa, there was Alanna, who disguised herself as a boy for years to become a knight and basically invented the tough heroine.
9. The Disappearing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell -- This literary fiction book was absolutely fantastic, and I wish that more people were reading it in the blogosphere because I think it brings up some really interesting topics for discussion.
10. So Brave Young and Handsome by Leif Enger -- Enger's other novel, Peace Like A River, is much better known, but I fell in love with his sophomore work. I feel like not many have read it, and I wish more would!
What are some older books you wish you saw more people reading?