Top Ten Tuesday: Older Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About

Posted October 2, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 22 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “older books you don’t want people to forget about.” We can define older however we wish. Most of my choices are backlisted books, but a few are books I wish had gotten more attention when they were originally published. Hopefully posting them here will bring new awareness to the awesomeness of these books. 

As always, the list is in no particular order. They are just written down in the way I scoured my shelves.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Why: Because it’s a terrifying but extremely well-written story of a crime we should never get. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this classic but I don’t hear much about it anymore and that is truly a shame.


Balefire by Cate Tiernan

Why: Because I always see people wanting to read fiction novels with a witchcraft storyline. Well, this is a great one that I really enjoyed but I do not feel it had gotten nearly enough hype or readers.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Why: Because sometimes I even forget about this book. And it is fabulous. I need to do a reread soon. Gothic, epic, weird, and compelling, this is a book that should stand the test of time. I hope it does. 

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Why: How many of you guessed that this book would be on this list? Yup. Since this book is my favorite book EVER, it goes on every list it fits on. If you haven’t read it yet, you should, and you definitely shouldn’t forget about it. 

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

Why: It’s one of my favorite contemporary YA books and I don’t read all that much contemporary YA. But I just really loved this book. It was a lot of fun but I also felt it had a lot of depth. I don’t hear about this book much, and besides Shine, it is my favorite Lauren Myracle book. 

Strangers by Dean Koontz

Why: It’s my favorite Dean Koontz book. It’s one of his oldest, and in my opinion, his best. I really enjoyed reading it and I wish and hope it will find a new audience. It’s really a fascinating and thrilling read, but it also makes you think. 

And There Were None by Agatha Christie

Why: It’s her most famous book and also her best. While some of her other works come close, this one really sticks out in my mind as the one whodunit mystery novel everyone should read. I fear that it will get lost in the shuffle amongst all the other great mystery novels out there. But sometimes classics really are the best. 

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Why: I know I need to read more Stephen King books. I haven’t nearly read enough. But this one…this book remains my favorite. I know I am in the minority with that opinion, but it’s definitely one that really sticks with me. There are SO MANY characters. And each one of them has an individual voice that stands out. That is something that only a truly brilliant and skilled writer can accomplish. 

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Why: How many of you remember this book? I read it in the 5th grade, I read it again in my twenties, and it remains a favorite. You don’t hear about it often, but I would like it not to be forgotten because it is truly a story that stands the test of time. It’s sad but inspiring and just a really, REALLY, good book.

Death Watch by Ari Berk

Why: This is another one of those books that was not read by enough people. It has unbelievable world-building. Strong characters. A brilliant story. And writing that is just unparalleled. It was one of my favorite books of last year and it still remains a favorite. The sequel, Mistle Child is due out next year and I am dying for a copy. You want me to rec you books, and I am recommending this one. It is a MUST read.

That’s it for me this week. What did you think of my list? Leave me a comment and I’ll try to come visit your Top Ten Tuesday post!

22 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Older Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About

  1. Oh! I’ve had Memoirs of a Geisha sitting on my shelf for YEARS and still haven’t gotten around to reading it, isn’t that terrible! I’ll have to get to it soon, especially because you think so highly of it.

  2. I just recently bought Death Watch. I’ve heard Under the Dome was one of Stephen King’s that most didn’t like, so I haven’t even picked it up. Years back I used to read him faithfully.

  3. I love so many of these. Where the Red Fern Grows is one of my all-time favorite novels – I still reread it often. I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha and could not agree with you more about Death Watch. That was a haunting, beautifully written novel. I am eagerly awaiting the second!

    • Where the Red Fern Grows is a really tough read but it’s truly special. I agree that it has rereadability. I just hate the ending though I love it anyway.

      Memoirs is the book I try to reread every year. And it’s the only one. It’s just because I love it and the characters so much!

      So glad there is another Death Watch fan. I am on high alert for the sequel. That book was soo good!

  4. Where the Red Fern was an absolute cryfest. :'( I read it as a child, and man… It’s still lingering in my memories. The Thirteenth Tale was also the perfect gothic tale, and so beautifully written! I also eventually have to read Agatha Christie and In Cold Blood..

    Great list, Kara! It’s so easy to forget old gems, and I’m glad you reminded me of a couple favourites by posting this. πŸ™‚

    • It is a TOTAL cryfest. We read it in 5th grade and I read ahead of everyone else because I was such a book nerd. Glad you also enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale.

      I definitely recommend getting in to Agatha Christie. I would start with all of her highly rated books, because I read one (and I don’t remember which), and man was it hard to follow. Believe it or not, they aren’t all good.

      In Cold Blood is such a powerful book. It’s a tough read though. It can be a little slow and MAN is it depressing. But if you have time, it’s definitely worthwhile.

  5. My goodness but I didn’t like In Cold Blood. It came highly recommended by everyone, but I just could not stand his writing. What a disappointment!

    That cover for Balefire is so cool. I liked the one Cate Tiernan book I read, though it was touch and go for a long while.

    I’ve read The Thirteenth Tale twice, and it held up on a second reading. A bit odder than I remembered, but still a very beautifully-written read.

    It’s no wonder our reading compatibility isn’t too high. I also didn’t like Memoirs of a Geisha. Honestly, I hardly remember it. I was bored most of the time. Sigh.

    I haven’t read all of the Agatha Christie books, but I do agree that this one puts the others to shame from those I’ve encountered thus far. This makes reading her a bit anticlimactic, sense I started with And Then There Were None.

    The only Kind novel I’ve read is Carrie. I want to try his dystopian ones though!

    I also read Where the Red Fern Grows in fifth grade. ALL OF THE WEEPING. I don’t think a book has ever made me cry so much. You know how I feel about animals! They should stay alive!

    • You didn’t like In Cold Blood OR Memoirs of a Geisha? *grumbles obscenities*

      Balefire is a favorite of mine because it was one of the first YA I reviewed and also because I just really loved the subject, characters, and setting. It’s not a particularly special book but I really enjoyed it.

      I KNOW what you mean about Agatha Christie. I had to put one down a while back that I was just bored to death by. But Orient Express is also good. I really need to refresh my memory with some of her books. Years ago I used to check them out from the library but I don’t remember ANY details.

      I agree animals should stay alive, but that book is really special!

  6. I read In Cold Blood this year for the first time–and wow, I can’t believe that it’s a true crime novel AND that it was written in the 60s.

    I really need to dig out some of my husband’s Agatha Christies, because…I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read anything of hers yet.

    • It is totally a true crime novel. Scary, huh? I highly recommend the movie Capote which talks about that in-depth. Fantastic film.

      Definitely read some Agatha Christie! She’s worth it!

  7. So excited to see another fan of The Thirteenth Tale! I picked that one too! It is one of the coolest, quirky books that I have read in a long time. I recommend it to people all the time!

    I picked The Stand by King but I did like Under the Dome as well, even though I was underwhelmed by the ending.

    Why have I not heard of Peace, Love and Baby Ducks?! I want to read it just for that title!

    • Shannon, The Thirteenth Tale was so special! And weird. And, and, quirky like you said! I love to recommend it too.

      I know why the ending of Under the Dome didn’t work for some people. I actually liked it but I get it.

      Haha, Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks needs to be read by all! It’s so much fun!

  8. Amy

    I really enjoyed Under the Dome. Even with it being super long, I devoured it in 3 days. I also really love Dean Koontz. Great list.

  9. Ahh this is a great list, Where the Red Fern Grows is one of my favorites from when I was a kid. I haven’t thought about And Then There Were None in a loong time but I read it a few years ago and really liked it!

    I still never read Memoirs of a Geisha, I’ve been meaning to for such a long time! I need to get on it. I loved the Thirteenth Tale!

    I need to read Under the Dome and In Cold Blood, they both sound good.

    • I love Red Fern too, Taylor. So glad is has quite a few fans still!

      The Thirteenth Tale was an awesome book but you need to read Memoirs! I felt the same way you did until I picked it up one day. I adore that book.

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