Top Ten Tuesday – Don’t Forget About Me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten ‘Older’ Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About’. It’s a terrific topic because so often we’re attracted to the latest, shiniest new release, while some ace books gather dust on the shelves (or worse still, go out of print).

I’ve picked ten books that I remember really enjoying when I was reading them – you know the kind of book you don’t want to end? They may not necessarily finish on your ‘favourite books of all time’ list but they have the perfect combination of memorable characters and a gripping plot. In no particular order, here’s my top ten –

1. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – exactly as the title suggests.

2. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Gawd, I sound like a book jacket testimonial…

3. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg – weird, quirky, unexpected (avoid the terrible movie version starring Richard Gere).

4. Last Night at Twisted River by John Irving – twists in the plot that hit you like a punch in the guts.

5. When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman – a fairytale for grown-ups.

6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells – good, old-school fun.

7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I’m not normally into mysteries but this was gripping.

8. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – I read it before Oprah got her mitts all over it…

9. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – the very best of ghost stories.

10. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster – so, so, so romantic.

14 responses

  1. The Secret History made my list too and John Irving on there too (The Hotel New Hampshire). I did my senior thesis on A Room with a View and still love it. Great list!

  2. The Secret History was such an unexpected read for me, and I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately I lent it to a friend who lent it to their mum who then lent it to another friend etc, so I haven’t been able to revisit it yet.

    I loved Angela’s Ashes as well, such beautifully sad prose.

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