I thought this week’s topic might be difficult, but it turns out I have actually read and enjoyed fourteen books published before I was born! I think most (but surprisingly, not all!) of them were books I read for school, but I’m excited to show you ten books that were published before I was born (that I enjoyed)!
And now without any further ado, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on April 26, 1993
Genres: Middle Grade, Dystopian
The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
on August 6, 1993
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
The Morning Gift is a beautiful, classic romance from much loved author, Eva Ibbotson.
Ruth lives in the beautiful city of Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. But her world is about to change forever.
When Hitler's forces invade, Ruth's family flees to London, but she is unable to get a passport. Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and, in an effort to bring her back to London, he offers a marriage of convenience. As Ruth throws herself into her London life, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Heini . . .
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
Published by Penguin Books on January 1, 1979
Genres: Adult, Retellings, Fantasy
Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, Kelly Link, and other contemporary masters of supernatural fiction. In her masterpiece, The Bloody Chamber—which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves—she spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.
Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on January 1, 1978
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Fantasy
There was a terrible mistake - Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Published by HarperCollins on October 21, 1977
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.
That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Published by Aladdin Paperbacks on January 1, 1971
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Published by Farrar on January 1, 1975
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Doomed to - or blessed with - eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
Published by Firebird on February 1, 1970
Genres: Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Elana is a member of a supremely advanced interstellar civilization, on a mission to the medieval planet Andrecia. To her shock, she becomes the key to a dangerous plan to turn back an invasion by an aggressive, space-faring "Youngling" species. How can she possibly help the Andrecians, who still believe in magic and superstition, without revealing her alien powers?
Apprentice Medical Officer Jarel knows that the Imperial Exploration Corps doesn't consider the Andrecians to be human, and he has seen the atrocious treatment the natives get from his people. How can Jarel make a difference, when he alone regrets the destruction his people bring?
Georyn, son of an Andrecian woodcutter, knows only that there is a dragon on the other side of the enchanted forest, and he is prepared to do whatever it takes to defeat it. To him, Elana is the Enchantress from the Stars who has come to test him, to prove his is worthy....
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Published by HarperCollins on October 16, 1950
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
They open a door and enter a world
NARNIA... the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy... the place where the adventure begins.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Published by Cambridge University Press on 1600
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland. At first sceptical, he’s urged on by the ruthless, single-minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband’s doubt. But seeing the prophecy through to the bloody end leads them both spiralling into paranoia, tyranny, madness, and murder.
This shocking tragedy - a violent caution to those seeking power for its own sake - is, to this day, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and influential masterpieces.
What books have you read (and enjoyed) that published before you were born? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous week!