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Books Written Before I Was Born That I Have Read | #TopTenTuesday

1987 is the year that I was born into. It was a good year if I do say so myself. I mean I graced your presence. Something must have gone right. Gosh where did that confidence come from?

ANYWAY, today we are talking about books that were written before you were born for Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). Books that you have read or that you still want to read. Honestly with classics this shouldn’t be too hard.

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Not a fantasy but I have always enjoyed this story.

Frankenstein (1818)

Of course Frankenstein had to be on here. Unfortunately another classic I couldn’t quite appreciate.

Ivanhoe (1819)

Is that enough before my time? Honestly I read Ivanhoe on a wim during my teen years when I couldn’t find a decent English book in the school library. I don’t think much is still remembered.

Dracula (1897)

The start of the vampire craze, well mostly. It was okay. It struggled to hold my attention in places.

The War of the Worlds (1898)

In 2019 I read a few Sci-Fi Classics. The War of the Worlds was one of them. Interesting concept. Boring Read.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

This is probably my favorite Sherlock Holmes story.

1984 (1949)

I know Orwell is much loved but this was just okay for me. Animal Farm too by the way.

Autofac (1955)

An interesting short story that I managed to read in 2019 as well.

The Dispossessed (1974)

Not my kind of book but good to have read it.

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

A fun read that I never realized during reading just how old this really was.

What is the oldest book you ever read (that isn’t the bible or the koran lol)?

21 thoughts on “Books Written Before I Was Born That I Have Read | #TopTenTuesday

  1. It’s ridiculous but I just realized I never read any Sherlock Holmes story! I am definitely adding them to my TBR.

    I think my oldest read, that I also finished reading, was Multituli the story of Max Havelaar (1860). And one I didn’t realize how old it is, until Goodreads just told me is Black Beauty (1877). I am not a horse fan, but that book is amazing! I feel it is more about morals, how you treat others and animals, than about the story of a horse.

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  2. I have so many of these on my list but I’m especially looking forward to reading Frankenstein and Dracula! The Dispossessed is also on my TBR but honestly, it intimidates me so much 😂 Great list!

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  3. I think my oldest read is probably Homer’s Odyssey, composed in Greek around 7 or 8 BCE, but for books published in English probably it’s Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales from around 1400!

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  4. I love Jane Austen so much- though I’m more of Persuasion or Northanger Abbey person, myself.

    The oldest book I read was written in ancient Rome, sometime around 16 or 18 B.C. by the poet Ovid, if you can find a good translation, it’s worth a read!

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  5. Ik denk dat Frankenstein het oudste boek is dat ik gelezen heb. Over het algemeen lees ik echter zelden klassiekers dus heel lang zou mijn lijstje niet worden wanneer ik de titels zou gaan uitschrijven.

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