This week’s list:
Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About
You can define older however you wish. Basically just backlisted books you think are great. Basically the point is to share books that could be forgotten about in the midst of all the new releases.
1. The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann (published 1979)
It’s an environmental tale. People need to read it and learn to take care of our native animals and woodlands.
2. Brer Rabbit stories by Enid Blyton (1965)
My dad read these books to me when I was young. They are an important part of my childhood. With the resurgence of tricksters such as Bugs Bunny and Captain Jack Sparrow, I’m afraid people will forget the original trickster.
3. The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton (1939)
Blyton’s writing is full of innocence in a time gone by. It’s so clean – and rather sexist,
actually – but they’re also beautiful stories about friendship and respect and being nice and polite and helpful to each other.
4. The Animorphs Series by KA Applegate (and Michael Grant and various ghostwriters) (1996)
I know they were re-released recently (well, a few of the earliest ones) and about half of them were ghost-written, but this series is very important to me. No one can ever say Young Adult books are just fluff, or just for entertainment. This series really makes you think about the lasting effect of war and growing up and all kinds of things.
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
Once upon a time I had a friend who listed her three favourite books as ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary,’ and ‘Twilight.’ I said to her, “You really like books based on Pride and Prejudice, hey?” She said, “Oh my God, I had no idea.” With all the new books based on this formula (and it’s one I like, too) I don’t want people forgetting about the original Pride and Prejudice.
7. The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix (1995)
This is a seriously underrated YA fantasy trilogy. Seriously. Just read it. Aussie YA authors are amazing.
8. Tomorrow, When the War Began series by John Marsden (1993)
I can’t even begin to shout the praises of this amazing YA series. It’s about teen guerrilla fighters in an Australia that’s been invaded by an unknown army. They made a film recently and it was awesome. But this book series is amazing and people shouldn’t forget about it.
9. The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate (2009)
True, this is a pretty recent book. But it’s so much better than Kate’s hit series, Fallen. I fear that a lot of her Fallen readers don’t even know about it. I really enjoyed it, and I don’t want people to forget that before there was empty-headed Luce and controlling Daniel, there was manipulative bitch-queen Natalie and her take-no-prisoners boyfriend Mike.
I only have nine. My bad.