Something I noticed while putting this list together is how book covers have evolved through the years! A lot of the books I have read that are over 10 years old have very beige covers…
You will notice that I did not include a lot of classics on this list, but it wouldn’t be an honest list if I did not include Pride and Prejudice.
The Secret History was the first dark academia novel I ever read, so it will always have a special place in my heart. These characters are awful and pretentious and I hate that I love them!
Never Let Me Go is my favourite book of all time, though there are a few other Ishiguro books I could have included on this list. The Remains of the Day, for example.
I have a feeling that The Kite Runner will be on a lot of lists this week, for good reason! This is a book that has withstood the test of time and I think is a modern classic.
Practical Magic is my favourite witchy series and I have so much nostalgia for both the book and the movie!
Quiet is nonfiction and it completely changed my outlook on my introversion. It was a game-changer for me!
The Language of Flowers is one of those books I do not talk about nearly enough! I remember it being popular when it came out but the hype has definitely died down. It is a book I have recommended to a lot of people in my real life.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is one of the most beautiful and moving memoirs I have ever read. The author tells her story of being bedridden and how a snail kept her company. It is wonderful!
84, Charing Cross Road is a must-read for book lovers! I love reading the letters that were shared between a woman in New York and a bookseller in the UK.
Can you believe that The Song of Achilles came out over ten years ago? This book has incredible staying power!
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Never Let Me Go was such a great story!
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-love-that-were-written-over-ten-years-ago/
I still think about that book all the time!
I still have Quiet on my TBR and I’ve heard so many good things about it but NF intimidates me so much 😂 I also had P&P, Achilles, and Kite Runner on my list today. All favourites for sure and no list of mine would also ever be complete without the mention of Austen 😍 Great list!
I had to include Austen! Couldn’t help myself!
Quiet was an easy read, especially since so much of it spoke to me. I’d be curious to see what you think!
I’m reading The Song of Achilles for the first time, and I’m loving it. Here is my post- https://paigesofnovels.wordpress.com/2022/08/16/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-love-that-were-published-more-than-10-years-ago/.
It really is great. I also loved Circe!
‘The Kite Runner’ was an incredible book! Your list looks great!
It’s been so long since I’ve read The Kite Runner. I should reread it!
Ooh I forgot about Quiet and The Secret History! Great list 🙂
There were so many good books to choose from!
Yup, you’re right! I have seen The Kite Runner on a lot of lists this week, too. Song of Achilles was another popular pick this week! Though I saw Pride & Prejudice on a lot fewer lists than I had expected.
After your comment abut beige covers, I had to look back at the list I picked to see what the dominant colors was in mine… and I’m surprised to say it was orange. There was a bunch of beige too, but lots more orange than I expected. 😉
My TTT: https://bookwyrmknits.com/2022/08/16/top-ten-tuesday-old-bookish-friends/
Haha orange!? That’s funny because you don’t see a lot of orange covers these days!
I also love Never Let Me Go and Pride and Prejudice, and remember finding The Kite Runner to be really moving. The Secret History has been on my TBR for ages and I cannot believe I still haven’t gotten around to reading it!
I think The Secret History is definitely a book you need to be in the mood for, so I get that!!
Song of Achilles! I can’t even think about that book without wanting to cry!!!!! Great list!
It’s so true! It’s such a heartbreaker.
Song of Achilles made my list, too!!
I was surprised to see it came out over ten years ago!
I loved The Kite Runner too but went with A Thousand Splendid Suns today!
That is a fantastic book as well! I need to reread all of his stuff!
I love Quiet! I didn’t realize that was over ten years old now.
I know! I was surprised!
Love seeing kite runner on so many people’s favourites lists.
Also still need to read Quiet 🙂
Kite Runner is such an amazing book!
Quiet is a must read!
Every time I see Practical Magic on a list I keep meaning to add it to my own TBR. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂
FangirlFlax @ FangirlFlax
It is such a charming series!!
I loved the movie, so now I just feel bad not reading the book!
You and I share so many favorites, which means now I have to read Language of Flowers and Wild Snail Eating. I recently read Song of Achilles and absolutely loved it. And Secret History is an old favorite.
I really think you’d love Wild Snail Eating. It’s so moving!
Book covers really have changed! This is a great list. I’ve read and enjoyed a handful of these!
They really have!
I’ve seen Pride and Prejudice on a lot of lists today, including mine! 😀 Great choices!
I couldn’t resist!!
I tried to pick books that I hardly ever talk about.. but I can’t believe I forgot Pride and Prejudice!! Great list!
Thank you! I probably include Pride and Prejudice on too many lists 😂
I was so surprised to realize that Song of Achilles was published that long ago — I could have sworn it was more recent! Such great choices — I love that you included Never Let Me Go and Practical Magic!
Same!! I think because A Song of Achilles is still so popular!
Ahhh, The Song of Achilles! I just love that one – it’s on my list too. And I didn’t include Pride and Prejudice, but I totally should have. It’s my favorite by Austen. Great list!
I knew I had to include an Austen!
I am adding Wild Snail and Quiet to my list now. Great post.
I love hearing that. Thank you!
I also loved Song of Achilles – and 84 Charing Cross Rd has been on my list forever….maybe I should actually read it!
Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
It’s a quick read! It would actually make a for a good book to read in the fall!
This is a lovely list! Reminds me to give some love to older books, too. I feel like I’m constantly focusing on new releases and/or recent books and forgot about the good old ones!
I loved Never Let Me Go. It was like a slap in the face when I read it, like, wow. I loved it so much!!
That’s me. I’m always distracted by new and shiny things!
That is the perfect way to describe Never Let Me Go!
How is Song of Achilles 10 years old already! Also, I should reread A Secret History.
Sadly I found The Song of Achilles kind of underwhelming when I read it last year, but I’m glad so many people love it so much!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/08/16/top-ten-tuesday-381/
Great list. I also have The Song of Achilles in my list this week and was chocked to realize it was over 10 years old. I’m an introvert too and Quiet also changed my life, and I think it’s still very relevant over 10 years later.
Here is my TTT: https://herseriallife.com/top-10-books-written-over-ten-years-ago/
Have a great week 🙂
I completely agree! Quiet still holds up. I keep meaning to read her new book!
I recently saw The Kite Runner on stage on Broadway, and it was such an intense but beautiful story, I’m curious to read the book now!
And I cannot believe The Song of Achilles and I have yet to read it! LOL
I would love to see it on stage. I bet it is incredible!
I really need to sit down and read The Secret History and Never Let me Go.. I’ve heard such great things.