Books On My TBR That Were Written Before I Was Born
Oh, this week’s topic is a fun one! I love to go on about books I read when I was younger but there were many that I never got round to actually reading or didn’t discover until many years later. Quite a lot of these were published prior to my actual date of birth – and no, I’m not going to share that with you all – I’m old dammit! 😛
I love collecting vintage books so some of these I have tracked down (but not actually read as yet). Others I still have to find/purchase. The old covers were the best though so I always try to find these first before settling on newer editions (if they ultimately become impossible to track down).
1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
This one is an oldie – it was first published in 1958! I have been meaning to read this one for years and years and will need to see if I track down a vintage copy (or failing that, buy a newer edition).
2. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Known primarily for her best-known work Bridge to Terabithia (which I haven’t read either, incidentally) this later book by Katherine Paterson was originally published in 1980. I really think the girl on the cover is a dead ringer for a young Kristen Stewart!
3. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
I’m a bit ashamed to admit to never having read this series as it is considered a classic but I plan to read it eventually (I tracked down all the Puffin editions!) This was first published in 1973.
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engel
Another one I need to hang my head in shame about haha! I can’t believe I never discovered this series when I was younger (it would totally have been something I would have lapped up!) It was originally published all the way back in 1962!
5. The Owl Service by Alan Garner
A funny one because I do vaguely recall seeing a rerun of the series that was originally put out by on British telly circa 1969-1970 (no I didn’t see the original run – cheeky!) I never knew then that it was based on a book by Alan Garner which released in 1967.
6. Beauty by Robin McKinley
The author’s debut novel (released in 1978) is a book that has been on my radar for years but I haven’t yet found the time to read it as yet. I really need to do something about that… 😉
7. Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
Another book I have been meaning to read for years, Up a Road Slowly was first published in 1966 and became an instant classic. I spent some time tracking down the stunning edition above (but it’s not the only edition I own haha!)
8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
I don’t know how on earth I managed to miss this series (it created quite a buzz when the first book was released in 1979 given its… ugh… themes). I recently purchased the 40th Anniversary edition so I’m hoping to get to it sooner rather than later…
9. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
I pretty much want to read all of the author’s works at some point but especially The Left Hand of Darkness (first published in 1969). Le Guin was definitely ahead of her time and I’ve heard so many great things.
10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
This one is a bit of a no-brainer really, I’m guessing it might makes its way on a lot of people’s lists. Originally published in 1968, this science fiction outing only became more popular after the release of a certain well-known movie…