Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly meme from The Broke and The Bookish!

This week's theme is:

Top Ten Older Books You Don't Want to be Forgotten

I tried not to include many classics, because I figured they wouldn't be forgotten.  Hopefully.  But I did pick books that were written decades ago. I wasn't sure what was considered older. :)

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle: Now that I have reminded myself of this book, I need to reread it! I am such a fan. I remember watching this movie too, when I was younger over and over.  Did anyone else see it? Wasn't that old harpy scary!! I love this book. 
Why this book should not be forgotten: we don't want magic and fantasy to just fade away, do we? :)

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin: This is such a great book too. I think I love books that have a lot of characters because of this book. 
Why this book should not be forgotten:  Just fun

Hawaii by James Michener: I love all of Michener's books. 
Why this book should not be forgotten: pure enjoyment

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein:  A beautiful love story
Why this book should not be forgotten: unconditional love 

Cape Cod by William Martin:  I love to read this book in the summer.  I love the books that span generations, and this one is a fiction book that follows two families from the time of the Mayflower.  
Why this book should not be forgotten: pure enjoyment

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: If you haven't read this you need to! 
Why this book should not be forgotten: the feminist themes

Watership Down by Richard Adams:  My favorite book ever
Why this book should not be forgotten:  the politics, governments, bunnies are cute but deadly

Harriet the Spy by Lousie Fitzhugh: I loved this book when I was a kid!  Harriet was kind of BA.
Why this book should not be forgotten: Harriet was not like all other girl book characters when I read this. She was smart, and kind of quiet, and a little sneaky!

The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy: This book is to military schools the way Platoon is to movies about Vietnam. I am sure they are not all like this all the time, but I am positive it is like this sometimes. Like in all of Conroy's books, I sobbed my eyes out. I loved it.   
Why this book should not be forgotten:  a not so pretty look at military institutes, free thinking and individualism

Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau: I have my very own meaningfully marked up copy, with passages I love underlined. 
Why this book should not be forgotten: its amazing. 


  1. What an extremely cool post this is! I love your own personal thoughts about each book.

    1. Like bunnies are cute but deadly? I have never looked at rabbits the same since I read that book. ;)

  2. Great list. Unfortunately, I haven't read most of them, but I have HEARD of them, so hopefully that means they aren't forgotten! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I've never thought about bunnies the same way again after reading Watership Down, either-- what a great book, but I sometimes have a hard time convincing people to read it, haha. I really want to read the Last Unicorn and the Handmaid's Tale, for completely different reasons. Don't know how I missed the Last Unicorn as a kid, 'cause all I read was fantasy, but I guess it was older even then. Love your list.

    My Top Ten

  4. I have been meaning to read A Handmaid's Tale for a very long time and it keeps getting pushed to the backburner. I know I will like it, but can't ever seem to track it down when I'm ready for it! I also love The Giving Tree, though it's been ages since I've read it!

  5. As much as I loved the feminist themes of The Handmaid's Tale, the idea of the way an elite portion of the population and the government were allowed to take over just scared the hell out of me!

  6. The Giving Tree is a great pick! Good list!

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    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Reading it as an adult makes me cry! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  7. The Last Unicorn and Watership Down were on my list too. The only reason The Handmaid's Tale was not is because I think that anyone who stops by my blog is tired of my bludgeoning them with that book.

    1. Lol! I agree, everyone should read it - especially women, I think. Not that I think it could really happen, but you never know. Such a good book.

  8. I haven't yet read any of these! Several are already on my TBR and I really should get to some of them soon. I've been meaning to read The Handmaid's Tale for ages! Maybe over my winter break. :) Great list!


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