Top Ten Tuesday (35): Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People to Forget About

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People to Forget About

1. 100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson: Henry York finds 99 cupboards, each leading to a different world, in his bedroom wall.

2. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine: Timid Addie must go on a quest to save her sister Meryl from the Gray Death.

3. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart: Four remarkable children must save their city from an evil genius.  First in the Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy.

4. Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud: The final book of the Bartimaeus trilogy.

5. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J. R. R. Tolkien: Tolkien’s version of the great Northern myths.

6. Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery: Pat is often overshadowed by Montgomery’s other heroines, Anne and Emily.

7. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope: The sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda has not received as much critical acclaim as its predecessor, but it moved me to tears.

8. The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy: The Scarlet Pimpernel has many worthy sequels!

9. The Last Cavalier by Alexandre Dumas: The book got a lot of press for being a newly discovered work of the author of The Count of Monte Cristo.  However, I still don’t know anyone who has read it.

10. The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster: The author of The Phantom Tollbooth chronicles the love triangle of  a dot, a line, and a squiggle.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (35): Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People to Forget About

  1. stuckinva says:

    Okay, I need to find a copy of Pat of Silver Bush immediately–I didn’t even know it existed! I love the Emily series and loathe the Anne series (I think Anne is just…too perfectly goody goody and she annoys the crap out of me).


    • Krysta says:

      I just wondered for a moment there what Marilla would say if you told her Anne was too goody-goody–or better yet, Mrs. Rachel Lynde! It’s true, though, that despite her penchant for scrapes, Anne really has a good heart and the best of intentions. I never found her annoying, but I am starting to wonder now what it would be like to have her as your friend. I mean, the typical reaction is to want her as your bosom friend, but maybe she would come off as a little much if you knew her in her younger days. What would it be like to have a friend who always wanted to name everything and to see the beauty in everything and you’re eleven-years-old and just having a bad day and wanting someone to be miserable with you? Would Ilse Burnley, for example, be charmed by Anne like everyone else? Or would she call Anne names and march off forever?


    • Krysta says:

      I guess this topic is working, then–people are getting the word out about the books they love and want others to know about! I loved your list, too–so glad you included LotR!


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