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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Loved That Were Written Before I Was Born

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I’ve tweaked this week’s topic. I made it books I’ve enjoyed that were written before JFK was president. (I was born in 1962). I also tried to NOT use the same old books I always use. And, I stuck to fiction only.

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Dick Francis published Dead Cert in 1962, so Alan York and I arrived on the world scene the same year. This is the first of his racing murder mystery novels.

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Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women was an absolute treat to read. Published in 1952, the year of Queen Elizabeth’s long ago ascension to the throne, it is still a fun read.

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All of the Miss Read books are wonderful, but this is the very first one. It is utterly charming. How I wish children could enjoy such a school today. Village School by Miss Read was published in 1955.

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Passing by Nella Larsen was published in 1929, but is enjoying a resurgence of interest among readers today. The ideas of what is race and what is culture are consuming us all right now. It is a short, but good, read and does generate a lot of ideas.

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Published in 1928, World War I poet, Siegfried Sasson’s wonderful fictionalized autobiography (or should that be autobiographical novel?) Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man is a delight. The Edwardian life of a young man without great means, but with good-enough lineage.

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Lady Audley’s Secret still holds its allure, in spite of turning 100 the year of my birth.

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Published in 1957, A House in the Country features a group of friends who go together to take a country manor house on.

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Naturalist and write Gene (short for Geneva) Stratton Porter was one of the best selling authors of the early 20th century. A Girl of the Limberlost is one of several of her books I’ve enjoyed reading in the last several years. It concerns a young woman desperate for an education.  In 2015 a friend and I visited one of her two homes in Indiana. You can read about that visit HERE.

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A teenage boy who freaks out when a girl tries to sit on his lap because he is wearing his father’s old suit? A delightful, if somewhat dotty, mother who adores father and their 4  boys is just one of the reasons this book from 1935 (but set in 1890’s fashionable New York). The movie is good, too. Life With Father by Clarence Day, Jr.

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Oh the poor Vicar! He and his family were really in it, weren’t they? Published 10 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, this was a surprisingly lively read. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith.

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Loved That Were Written Before I Was Born

  1. I love so many older books. Cool for the GSP mention; my friend is just finishing reading her “The Harvester.” She isn’t a big reader but said it’s good “once you get into the story.”

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  2. Aw, Miss Read. Such a quaint little series. I randomly stumbled across No Holly For Miss Quinn and found it to be a perfect Christmas read, and only realized it was part of a MUCH larger series afterward.

    A Girl of the Limberlost has been one of my favorite books since high school. I had no idea one of her houses had been preserved as a museum — I just read your post about your visit and I’m bookmarking it to read again later because I’m overwhelmed by how enchanted I am about both the house and your descriptions/photos of it.

    –RS

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