Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born (that I still need to read & some I loved)

Posted February 2, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is ‘Books Written Before I Was Born’ so I’m looking some I still need AND want to read (because let’s face it – there are a lot of books I probably need to read but don’t want to read haha) as well as some written before I was born that I have read and loved. And while I’m not going to divulge the exact year my 40-something-year-old self entered the world, you can trust me that these books were all written before then 😉

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books written before i was born
that i haven’t read yet but want to


Considering how much I love romantic suspense & mysteries, I feel like I should whisper that I haven’t read these classics yet – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.


My reading experiences with these three female powerhouses of classic literature is sadly lacking. I’ve read (and loved) Sylvester by Georgette Heyer but otherwise I’m basically a blank slate with these authors. After doing some research, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Middlemarch by George Eliot, and The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer are the most recommended by readers.


I’m just filing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1984 by George Orwell, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens under “I know. I know.”

One of my husband’s favorite authors is PG Wodehouse & A Damsel in Distress is one he says I absolutely need to read. He also said, “If Shakespeare is the grandfather of romantic comedy, then Wodehouse is the father of romantic comedy.”

books written before i was born
that i have read and loved

I’m not going to say too much about these, except that they are among my favorite classics & favorite books – and if you haven’t read them yet you really must!





What about you? Which of these books written before I was born have you read & loved – or still need to read too?

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15 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born (that I still need to read & some I loved)

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Books written before I was born–The Bible. LOL

    I loved The Secret Garden when I was growing up. There are a few others there that I’ve read, too, but a great majority of them are on my “Maybe someday–maybe never” list.

  2. Jeanne Bishop

    A wonderful list of classics. My daughter’s favorite book is “Rebecca” and she reads it once every year.

    • yes! But I’ve reread The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Magician’s Nephew, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader multiple times lol

  3. Mrs. Dalloway and The Great Gatsby get my top votes if I was going to encourage you to pick. Haha! But they’re all good! As an double English major, I’ve read them all. Whew…my eyes hurt just thinking about it. 🙂

  4. Cathe Swanson

    I’ve read most of P.G. Wodehouse, but I liked the Damsel in Distress movie better! It was so fun. I think the Grand Sophy was probably my favorite of Georgette Heyer’s. I also liked her mysteries.

    I’ve read (or started) a couple of the books you mentioned, but mostly, I have pretty shallow taste in reading. After homeschooling my sons through high school, I decided I never had to read anything again unless I found it entertaining.

  5. I love Rebecca, it’s fantastic! And I also want to read The Woman in White, I read The Moonstone (also by Wilkie Collins) a few months back and it was great.

  6. I’ve read quite a few but not all on this list. Yes, they are great. Right now I fabulously enjoyed a Helen MacInnes suspense, Assignment in Normandy, published in 1942 which made me search out more of hers. Thank you for bringing these to our attention. So fun and also to track the trends of current subjects and story treatments.

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