Hi guys! Today I’m featuring Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This Week’s prompt is Books written before I was born. Since I mostly used to read classics before I got introduced to YA, this one’s gonna be easy.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Let’s start with one of my favourites. Jane Erye’s book is kinda one of a type. You don’t really see such a brave heroine in a book set in Victorian England, written by a woman no less. She falls in love, yes, but she doesn’t let love blind her moral compass, actively tries to raise herself independently. She needs help but by the end of the story she’s depending on no one for her survival. Now that’s a feminist story for you.

Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Pirates. Treasure hunts. Mutiny. And the book that made those words commonplace. I tried to read Kidnapped by RLS but quickly was bored by the archaic language and the plot. But here, everything works. It’s got amazing characters and intense scenes and a great plot twist (which I knew since I was seven, hehe).  

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I loooove the first Anne book, Anne of Green Gables. I am not an orphan, or red-heated, or an extrovert, but Anne was such a lovable and amiable little kid and her hot temper and imagination was something I could definitely relate to. I liked the second, third and fourth books, and while Anne’s House of Dreams is good, I liked Leslie’s character there more than Anne. And Anne of Ingleside was meh. I don’t know, but that last chapter felt anticlimactic. I was like, really?

But we’re talking about Anne of Green Gables, and that book is so good you can’t not read it.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

This book is non-fiction, and, as you can guess by the title, it is chock-full of descriptions of animal behavior. And also, so darn funny. The stomach-hurting kind of funny. I might review it some day, so I’m not going to say a lot now. And also, I might be a bit biased since half of its cast are animals, and the narrator is crazy about them! Gerald Durrell grows up to be one of the most famous naturalists and zoologists, so it’s no wonder.

The Narnia Series by CS Lewis

I used to devour these books when I was small, I just liked them so much. Don’t ask me why – if you read the books you’ll know.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JKR

To be precise it was my sister who introduced me to this book, after the thirteenth earn old me came home from school shouting ‘wingadium leviosa’ without having any idea what the heck it meant. Aanyways. After I read the first book, which just happened to be at home that day, I was always on the hunt for the others: combing the library, or sneaking out to the bookshelves in my uncle’s house. But it all began with the first book, so I’ll put it here on this list.

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Year and years and years ago, I read the simplified version first – that tiny Ladybird booklet full of pictures and huge letters. So when I first read the unabridged version, the original book, I was stumped. That tiny book had left so much parts out! Where were the winged monkeys? The wizard’s plan to escape the Emerald City in a large balloon? The Tin Man’s back story? The giant deadly poppy field? (Yup, I typed that last sentence)

I simply hadn’t known how much of a whimsical adventure the Wizard of Oz was.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

For the record, Oliver Twist is the only Charles Dickens book I managed to finish. (I gave up Great Expectations after five years of reading only the first page). But there was something about Oliver Twist that pulled me in – maybe it was the setting: the dirty backyards of London. Or maybe it was the people, the majority of them morally grey (My favourite characters are Nancy and the Artful Dodger) Although Monks was totally bad, I tell you. I hated him. This book may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it. By chance I also got to write a script of it for a drama, which made me actually think about this book.

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

I used to HATE Sherlock Holmes, but then I read A Study in Scarlet. Then The Sign of Four. And then I was hooked. I bought a collection of the short stories and then read another by ebooks. And I can totally see why these books were so famous.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

I read all three books in the series one go. It took me three days to finish. After that, I took a day off to breathe and then reread it, the whole thing. When I finished I kinda had to pause for a few seconds to switch from that world to this. I felt like I was drunk. That’s how good Lord of the Rings is. Its got a lot of downs as well – it’s waaay too long for anyone’s preference, it’s got a lot of songs, and a lot of descriptions, but those last few AMAZING chapters more than make up for the journey.

This is my first time participating in a tag and I have no idea if I’m doing it right, but that’s ten books written before I was born for you!

Have you read any of these books? Which one is your favourite? What are the ones you didn’t like that much? (Cause these are classics, and old books do that to people. I barely skimmed through Pride and Prejudice) Let me know in the comments!

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | books written before I was born

  1. I LOVED this post Jan!! Jane Eyre (the character) is so admirable, and I agree, her values and her moral compass remain steadfast throughout (I actually haven’t read the book yet, although I do have it, but I thought the BBC adaptation was very good!). And YES YES YES to Anne!! I’m so happy to find another reader who read all of the Anne books. Anne of the Island is probably my favorite though (with the first book right on its heels, I really can’t choose!), because 1) new friends! old friends! family! 2) college and 3) Gilbert 😂 Leslie’s story was so tragic honestly, I’m so glad she got a happy ending though!! I thought the last chapter of Anne of Ingleside tied things up quite nicely because it’s really the last book that gives us a lot of Anne’s POV, but like you said, it did feel a little anticlimactic because the summary felt sort of misleading—I actually thought they must have summarized the book incorrectly because one of the bigger events mentioned didn’t happen until the last few chapters!! But overall, it’s a great series 😅 Plus…Narnia will always have a special place in my heart, I really admired how the stories were told!! (I hope this comment wasn’t too long…😁)

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    1. Eleanor, thank you so much for taking time to comment on my blog! The Anne series will always have a special place in my heart because its just so amazing to see a girl like Anne who makes imaginary friends and gets into all sorts of trouble because that’s just how I was! I’ve watched a film adaptation of Jane Erye but I think the book was better – read it! I agree with you on Narnia, because I grew up reading those books!

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