10 Books on My TBR Older Than Me

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week, she will post a new Top Ten list topic for everyone to weigh-in on. Link back to That Artsy Reader Girl on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists!

This Week

Books Written Before I Was Born (These can be books you’ve read or want to read!)

Finding books on my TBR older than me was not a difficult task. I’m turning 25 this year, so not very old, but I love reading classics and older books in general. Though I’ve already read quite a few books that are older than me, I wanted to instead share some on my TBR, as my biggest reading goal this year is to read more classics.

10 Books on My TBR Older Than Me

1 . 1984 by George Orwell (published in 1950) — 71 years old

1984 - Kindle edition by Orwell, George. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks  @ Amazon.com.

I still cannot believe I haven’t read this novel. It’s been on my TBR for as long as I can remember, and as a lover of dystopia, I know I’m going to enjoy it. Plus, I’m pretty sure it draws ideas and themes from one of my favorite books, We, so I’m bound to like it.

2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (published in 1939) — 82 years old

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Hello, my name is Alyssa, I’m twenty-four years old, and I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel. I always imaged myself at the age of sixty or seventy just binging all her works, but this is one I’ll probably read before I’m an old lady.

3. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (published 1996 – in February, which is three months before I was born!) — 25 years old

Infinite Jest: Wallace, David Foster: 9780316066525: Amazon.com: Books

I mostly want to read this because I’m a pretentious English major asshole. Also to be able to say “Oh yeah I’ve read Infinite Jest.” Plus who knows, I may end up liking it. I read Atlas Shrugged for the same reason and loved it.

4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (published 1937) — 84 years old

Of Mice and Men - Wikipedia

I know a lot of kids read this in grade school, but I never did. It’s kind of my mission to read all of those classics that I missed out on by being homeschooled.

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen (published 1818) — 203 years old

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Jane Austen is one of my literary heroes. I love her writing. I think she’s so smart and witty, and I want to read everything she’s ever written.

6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (published 1961) — 60 years old

Catch-22 - Wikipedia

Again, another classic school book I never read.

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (published 1877) — 144 years old

Amazon.com: Anna Karenina (8601400171455): Tolstoy, Leo, Pevear, Richard,  Volokhonsky, Larissa: Books

People call this one of the world’s greatest novels. How can you not want to read it? Other than the fact that it’s 8 million pages long.

8. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (published 1954) — 67 years old

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings  (1): Tolkien, J.R.R.: 9780547928210: Amazon.com: Books

I’ve seen all the LOTR movies. And the Hobbit movies. And now I need to read them.

9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (published 1955) — 66 years old

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I’d never heard of Lolita until my favorite college professor mentioned she was reading it back during my senior year (or maybe the year after I graduated?). I trust her judgement. She’s my favorite professor for a reason.

10. Hangsman by Shirley Jackson (published 1951) — 70 years old

Hangsaman' by Shirley Jackson (1951 Club) | Intermittencies of the Mind

I devoured The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Jackson has recently become one of my favorite writers, and this story sounds like it’ll be a favorite of mine, too.

There are many, many more classics on my TBR, but these are some that have been there the longest. Like I said, my 2021 reading goal is to read more classics, so hopefully you’ll see some reviews of these in the coming year! What are some of your favorite books that are older than you? What are some books on your TBR older than you? Let me know in the Comments, or feel free to share your own Top Ten Tuesday links with me!

14 thoughts on “10 Books on My TBR Older Than Me

  1. 1984 is fantastic! If you love dystopia, I think you’ll love it. Brave New World is another (though that one starts kind of weird and takes a little longer to get into).

    Lord of the Rings is definitely worth the read, too! There’s so much depth and nuance that couldn’t be captured in the movies and things that were necessarily left out that it’s really quite a different experience. Hope you get a chance to read these and enjoy them!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    1. I think I will definitely love it! And I do want to read “Brave New World” too!

      I’m excited to read “Lord of the Rings.” I almost always prefer the books to the movies, so I believe you when you say it’s quite a different experience!


  2. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is a great one! I’ve read it several times and enjoyed every read. I’ve only read two other Christie novels and those were all in the last few years, so you’re not alone. Also, I have to say that I don’t love Christie’s writing style. Gasp! I hope you enjoy ATTWN when you get around to reading it!

    Happy TTT!


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  3. I was the same with 1984! It felt like I was the only one who had never read it up until the end of last year when I finally said right, let’s get this done! I listened to it on Audible and I don’t know if that affected my enjoyment of the story or not but I really didn’t get on with it at all. I was expecting something more I guess because people consider it a “must read” and for me it was just, alright. The concept is good and definitely scary but I didn’t think it was as special as everyone makes out unfortunately!

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    1. Oh no! That sucks that you didn’t end up enjoying it. Definitely could have been the format. I know I tend to stray from reading classics via audiobook because I tend to miss a LOT as opposed to when I’m reading classics via physical book. I think classics are so dense and nuanced that listening to it would be difficult. Maybe you’ll have to read it another time. I am excited to read it for sure.

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