I love reading older books, you guys! Sometimes that means books written several decades ago, sometimes just a few years. I am loving the chance to highlight a few of my favorites with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt at The Broke & the Bookish.
1. Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow. I absolutely love Gwen Bristow, you guys. Originally published in 1959, this is one of my favorites of her works. It is about an apprenticed dressmaker in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. And let me just say the magic word now: spies.
2. Charleston by John Jakes. This is another author I adore. This is by no means his most famous book, but it is one of my favorites. Also: it is a stand alone! It is a family saga set from the Revolutionary War on down to the Civil War. Expect lots of drama – and don’t get attached to anyone. You never know when they’ll be eaten by an alligator, after all.
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I read this one fairly recently, and it absolutely blew me away! If you’re a fan of young adult fantasy/science fiction – this is a book you have absolutely got to read. Seriously. I want to read it again already.
4. North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell. If you’re a Jane Austen fan, this is a classic you have to pick up. I actually prefer it over Pride & Prejudice (shocking, no?). The BBC miniseries is also crazy good. Free Kindle version here.
5. Wild Cat by Laura Black. I’m sure this book is harder to find, a friend of mine on Goodreads sent me a copy she bought off of ebay. I loved it! It was published in the 70s, and it is a Gothicy romancey historical about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to run away from a horrible husband and murdering gypsies and…seriously? Do you really need more to want to pick this one up? (Another thing I love is that the author’s name is a pseudonym and he is actually a man.)
6. A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede. This is a duology, the first book of which was published in the early 90s. One of my favorite YA fantasy reads and not nearly enough people have read it.
7. Slightly Tempted by Mary Balogh. I almost feel guilty about including this one, because it was published in 2003…and that was less than 10 years ago. But still – I almost never see reviews for historical romance published more than a couple of years ago. This is the 4th book in an absolutely fabulous series that I am always recommending to people. One of these days someone is bound to listen…
8. The Long Walk by Stephen King. I absolutely love this book. Seriously – best characterization ever. If you consider yourself a dystopian fan, this should be on your list of must reads. Very hopeless and bleak in that wonderful dystopian way – brilliant.
9. The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. One of my all time favorite reads, this is the first of a 19 book historical mystery series set in Egypt. Amelia Peabody is one of the best characters ever written. Hands down. Once you read the book, you will agree. Guaranteed. (Definitely recommended for fans of the Parasol Protectorate series, prepare to meet the original Alexia!)
10. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. This story is too cute for words. I can’t recommend it enough. An orphan writes letters to a mysterious benefactor who she believes to be an old man. She unknowingly gets to meet him in real life and…well, you can guess how it ends can’t you? No surprises, just a gorgeous story. An oldie (published in 1912) but a goodie, indeed. Download it free for Kindle here.