Top Ten Books on My TBR That Were Written Before I Was Born

Posted February 1, 2021 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 31 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! And happy February! I can’t believe we’re already a month into 2021, but also… how are we only a month into 2021? I dunno. What is time right now?

Anyway, this week I’m sharing books that aren’t new releases! I feel like, as book bloggers, many of us get caught up in all the new shiny books. We’re always going after ARCs and trying to be one of the first to read a highly anticipated novel. There’s blog tours and cover reveals and pre-order gifts and so much excitement surrounding these new books, but what about the older ones that maybe have gathered a little dust on the shelf? Let’s talk about those ones today. Actually, let’s talk about the books that pre-date us altogether. I was born in 1987, so I will be sharing books from my TBR that were written in 1986 or earlier. This should be fun, and will hopefully renew my excitement for these books that have been on my TBR for a while! Thank you to Davida Chazan at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for this fun topic idea. It’s time to dig deep!

The King of the Castle by Victoria Holt (1967)
The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon (1973)
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan (1974)
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read (1974)
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (1934)
The House Of The Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green (1910)
Stillwatch by Mary Higgins Clark (1984)
A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark (1982)

Have you read any of these? 
What books would you like to read that were written before you were born?

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31 responses to “Top Ten Books on My TBR That Were Written Before I Was Born

    • You should definitely read Pride and Prejudice. Mary Poppins is also enjoyable, but she’s a much less … amiable nanny than the Disney movie makes her out to be.

  1. I’ve read an loved “Pride and Prejudice”! It’s definitely my favourite Austen.

    I grew up with the Disney version of Mary Poppins, and unfortunately it kinda ruined the book for me. It’s one of the rare situations where I prefer the movie to the book.

    I’ve tried to read “Gone with the Wind” several times, but always got stuck about half-way through the second book :-/
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  2. I mentioned it on my list that I have fewer books to choose from than many. And here I see only four books that have been written before my time. Shows my age. But it’s fun nevertheless. Thanks again for a good challenge.

  3. I adored the Mary Poppins books. And loved Lois Duncan as well, though her books are written after I was born. I read a lot of Sidney Sheldon off of my parents’ shelves when I was young. The Other Side of Midnight was a favorite.

  4. Unfortunately, I need to go back quite a bit before 1986 to find books published before my birth. And, I’m not a classics kind of reader. When my daughter was in elementary school, I finally read Mary Poppins for the first time and was shocked that it was so different from the movie. I do recommend it.

  5. I’m an ’86 baby myself and I went through a whole Lois Duncan phase in high school. Not normally what I would read, but you know how it was back then.