10 Awesome Books Published 10 Years Ago


Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! Today, I'm teaming up with The Broke and the Bookish to bring you Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish link-up. This week's theme is nostalgia - so since the blogosphere often seems to be an echo chamber of all the newest releases, I'm going back in time to spotlight some of my favorite books published more than ten years ago. Here we go!

In chronological order:

10. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
pub. 1897


This is by far the best school-required book I've ever read. Hilarious and heartbreaking, it's worth a try for anyone who loves plays and even those who don't. (It also takes the cake for the oldest book on this list!)

9. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
pub. 1959



Another favorite adult read, this one is definitely for people interested in the down-and-dirty aspects of politics. I read it years ago, and it's never left my mind or been far from my heart.

8. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
pub. 1967


Middle-grade is my favorite age range to read, and this was the book that started that love. I put off reading it because I was certain I'd hate it, but it ended up as one of my absolute favorites.

7. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
pub. 1985


SO BOOKS LIKE THESE ARE BASICALLY WHY I LOVE THE ADULT GENRE SO MUCH. Philosophical yet compelling, beautiful yet hilarious, this book has a definite place as one of my all-time favorites.

6. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
pub. 1990


I mean, it's Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, so duh.

5. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
pub. 1991


Y'all don't know how easily this entire list could have been Pratchett books
SO THIS IS KIND OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK. Let's face it: what doesn't sound amazing about a satirical Cinderella retelling about a coven of antihero fairy godmothers?

4. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
pub. 2001


If you've been following me at all the past couple weeks, you know I've been hardcore binging the AF books lately. They never cease to amaze and delight me, and they're definitely some of my very favorites published in the first decade of this century.

3. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
pub. 2003


When I think of my very favorite middle-grade books, this iconic trilogy comes to mind. It certainly manages to enchant audiences now as much as it did when it was published.

2. Curse of the Night Wolf by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
pub. 2007


ANOTHER NEW FAVORITE MG SERIES. I will admit that this first book, while good, isn't anything to write home about. BUT THE THIRD AND FOURTH. HOLY CRAP. THEY JUST ABOUT KILLED ME. And these are all effectively standalones, so you can skip right to the amazing ones.

1. Literally anything ever written by J.R.R. Tolkien, ever
this is technically out of order but these were all published on different dates and I want to end on the best books possible


I was going to say a specific book, but I just can't think of a favorite. I've read too many, and they've all been so good! So here's a sampling of my very VERY favorites:

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Let's chat! What are your favorite older books? Have you read any on my list? Comment below, and have a wonderful day. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

20 comments:

  1. I've never read any Terry Pratchett before, but Witches Abroad sounds like something I need to read immediately!

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  2. I can't believe these books are ten years old! Time goes by quickly!

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    1. I know right?! I especially can't believe it with Artemis Fowl.

      - Ellie

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  3. I've been wanting to read Anne Rice's books for years, especially since I've heard so many great things about them :)

    Louise - Exploring by Starlight

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    1. You should try them out! Her books are pretty hit and miss, but the hit ones are SO AMAZING.

      - Ellie

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  4. Your list is just reaffirming my belief that I need to give Terry Pratchett another chance. I still haven't read my copy of Good Omens (something I definitely need to do with a new adaptation on the way) and I want to read Equal Rites and the rest of his witches books, because Cinderella as told from the pov of a coven of antihero fairy godmothers is everything I never knew I needed. Great picks!

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    1. Equal Rites is great! It's a good introductory book because it's lighter and shorter. TP's witch books also spoof other well-known tales, like Phantom of the Opera (Maskerade) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lords and Ladies).

      - Ellie

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  5. I really need to read more Terry Pratchett! I just need to binge read all of the discworld books.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

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  6. The only one I've read it Artemis Fowl and it is a great book for sure. I love the movies based on Tolkien's books, but I've never read one :( I hope I can get to read some of your favorites!

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    1. His books definitely aren't for everyone due to the density of the prose, but they're worth a try!

      - Ellie

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  7. I love The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler! I listened to the audiobook a couple of months ago, and really enjoyed revisiting an old favorite. My post for today is Old School Kidlit Favorites Through the Decades.

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    1. The audiobook is great! I listened to it on a road trip once.

      - Ellie

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  8. Tolkien is amazing! I loved The Vampire Lestat! Interview with the Vampire is the first vampire book I ever read. I've read most of that series, but haven't read the newest additions. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Prince Lestat is pretty good, but hOLY CRAP REALMS OF ATLANTIS.

      - Ellie

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  9. I love the Artemis Fowl books!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/top-ten-tuesday-124/

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  10. I haven't read any of these but I'm always happy to have some new recommendations. Thanks for sharing!

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