Top Ten Tuesday (10/2/2012)

Posting is down and dirty this week as I put the finishing touches on my online classes.
*Edited because apparently someone who has no grasp of the English language wrote this last evening.*

This week’s top 10 from over at The Broke and the Bookish is “Top Ten ‘Older’ Books Bridget Doesn’t Want People to Forget About.” Which, of course lead me into a chorus of Simple Minds’ (Don’t You) Forget About Me and then a deep need to watch The Breakfast Club, but we are talking about books.  I decided to focus on fantasy as a genre since it is so popular especially in YA these days.

The Wrinkle in Time Quintet Boxed Set (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time)

1. A Wrinkle in Time was a favorite of mine and the first time I ever encountered a heroine who was not necessarily beautiful and lovable.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition)  (The Annotated Books) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder)

2. I wonder how many children had these stories read to them. When I read Alice to my daughter’s class last year one girl asked why the book was so different from the movie since the movie came first. Sigh.

The Earthsea Trilogy: A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan; The Farthest Shore

3. Another fantasy which everyone who loves fantasy must read. And for me, a story full of witches and wizard and oceans results in love.

Household Tales by Brothers Grimm: The Full Complete Edition with 200 Original Tales Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (Anchor Folktale Library)

4. Fairy Tales and not Disney tales. I love the fairy stories of Grimm and Andersen and Andrew Lang is a personal hero. But prettied up, disneyfied fairy tales are not what makes my heart skip a beat. The punishments of the original stories have been left behind and happily ever after includes everyone now.

The Dark Is Rising (Boxed Set): The Dark Is Rising, Greenwitch, Over Sea, Under Stone, Silver on the Tree, The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)

5. The Dark is Rising is a story which even I put off reading until my own children were old enough to read it too. It was only on the recommendation of someone whose opinion I value so highly I can’t ignore it, that I read this. Now I must tell you to read it. And please don’t let the movie be your only memory of this story.

The Last Unicorn
6. This too is included becuase of the power of someone else’s love. If ever the end comes I will move to where ever Ruby Sara is so that she can tell me this story and it will never be forgotten.
Watership Down (Scribner Classics)
7. Watership Down is classic. Before there were Warrior Cats and Bears and Wolves there were Rabbits and war and peace and a hero who is loyal, brave, and a quick thinker. The good guys win. The bad guys lose. The heartbreak is real. And it is all rabbits.
War for the Oaks: A Novel
8. War for the Oaks is another that I left until quite recently. A supernatural faerie story which almost every YA faerie story published in the last few years needs to thank. But I will bet few readers have even read it.
The Book of Lost Things
9. I cannot find anyone else who has read The Book of Lost Things, excluding people I have begged to read it. A departure for John Connolly, it is a beautiful, wrenching fantasy novel which should be on everyone’s top 20 fantasy novels of all time
Le Morte Darthur: The Winchester Manuscript (Oxford World's Classics)  Sir Tristrem; a metrical romance of the thirteenth century; Sur Le Jeu De Robin Et Marion D'Adam De La Halle: (Xiiie Siècle) (French Edition)
10. Le Morte d’Arthur/Tristan and Iseult/Robin Hood and all the classic kingly stories of daring do and romance and valor and betrayal and greed. Before these stories were fodder for parody and poor adaptations (I am looking at you Kevin Costner), they were stories of the highest calbier.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (10/2/2012)

  1. I agree with children classics. I have a little brother and when his friends come they always look at the book I gave him. Once one of them asked who is Pinocchio. I was shocked…what do they teach kids these days?

    1. Wow, what they teach here is what they need to do well on the state test. It is sad to me but my kids’s teacher biggest complaints are that they have little time left over to teach the extras and classics are now extras. 🙁

  2. Totally agree about The Last Unicorn and Watership Down. When I read your comment on my blog I knew I had to race over here and see what else is on your list. I love Peter Pan and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I have not read The Dark is Rising Series or The Book of Lost Things – but I am definitely adding them to my list to read. 🙂

    1. I will be honest and tell you I have only read The Dark is Rising from the series. It is sort of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe of the series. The one that you pick if you have to read just one. 🙂

      And I will sing the praises of The Book of Lost Things. It is by far one of my all time favorites and sadly one that few people have read.

      1. Wait, you didn’t read about Jane’s moment of awesome in “Greenwitch” or the whole welsh-Arthurian craziness that the series ends with?

        1. Also do not start with “Over Sea, Under Stone”. If you must read it, finish the series and then read it as sort of a short prequel.

  3. love your list! and the last unicorn is amazing! … but don’t get me started on the Book of Lost things, thanks for commenting on my Blog about it. you are so right, all the people ( aside from Loretta @ Between the pages ) that i know who have read TBOLT read it because of me.. it is a miracle when i find someone who stumbled on it on their own! we are blog sisters for sure !

    great post!

    Katie@ Inkk

    1. Gushing about TBOLT is second nature to me. Have you read any of his other stuff? I have read Nocturnes which I liked but this crime stuff was just OK. I love when I fine someone who adores it as much as me.

      Glad you stopped by.

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