Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Books Written Before I Was Born

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

This week’s topic is books that were written before I was born, but I decided to put my own twist on this prompt. As part of my efforts to read more genres than just fantasy in 2021, I also wanted to include some classics into my TBR for this year. And while I read two of these in the past, it’s been long enough that it’s time to give them a reread. So my own spin on this week’s topic is a top ten list of books that were written in the 1800s that I’d like to read.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
  3. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1848)
  4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
  5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857)
  6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)
  7. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (1862)
  8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)
  9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
  10. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

What are some books that are older than you that you’ve got on your TBR? Bonus points if they’re more than 100 years old!

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    • Thank you! I’ve sadly slacked on the majority of these – I’ve only read A Tale of Two Cities and Crime and Punishment, but it was so incredibly long ago that I barely remember either. And I don’t know how I managed to get through high school without having to read anything by a Brontë or Jane Austen!


  1. Oh so many of these are also on my TBR and I feel like at the rate I read classics I might never get to them 😂🙈 Jokes… Well, sort of! I’m really looking forward to Anna K, Crime and Punishment and Dracula though! I also recently added A Tale of Two Cities to my physical shelf when I found a copy for sale and… I’m SO intimidated by the language 🤣 I hope you enjoy all of these, Leah! Especially Pride and Prejudice!

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    • I’ve read A Tale of Two Cities and Crime and Punishment in my teen years, so don’t get too intimidated by them. They’re completely manageable! It’s all part of the neverending TBR list, but I’m making an effort to read at least a couple of these this year.


  2. I’ve not read any of these, I had to read Jane Eyre for school but I got bored halfway through and never finished it. I’m not really a big classics person, I find most of them quite dull!


  3. I’ve read all these but Vanity Fair (I’m 74). I’d suggest Tolstoy’s War and Peace. “The old man wrote it well” is what he said in his elder years, on leafing through it, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s long, and it’s got some slow parts, but so rewarding! The best characters, a great story, many great stories. I love his handling of crowds, and you’ll get a goodly chunk of history, too. His *theory* of history, however, is very dry and likely to provoke yawns–it’s permissible to skip that part (some editions include it as an appendix, though in the original it’s in the middle of the novel).


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