Books Written Before I Was Born #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books Written Before I Was Born 

Well this is a great opportunity for me to think about books I want to read for the Back to the Classics challenge (here’s the link to the challenge page). Some books work for more than one category. And as part of the challenge, all these books are at least 50 years old (published no later than 1971).

1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899
Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell (1863)
2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971 – (I’ve already read The Stranger by Albert Camus)
3. A classic by a woman author.
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay (1971)
Tomorrow Will be Better – Betty Smith (1948)
4. A classic in translation.
I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki (1905)
5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki (1905)
The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore (1916)
6. A classic by a new-to-you author.
The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore (1916)
Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1951)
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author. 
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (1874)
Judith by Noel Streatfeild (1956)
8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).
Frolic of the Beasts – Yukio Mishima (1961)
9. A children’s classic. 
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (1865)
10. A humorous or satirical classic.
The World of Jeeves – PG Wodehouse (1967)
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction)
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (1812)
12. A classic play. 
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee




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.


  1. I absolutely love how you broke this down! Back to the Classics sounds like a fun challenge, and I hope you enjoy these! I’m actually sort of surprised that I’m not familiar with any of these classics, so now I’m curious to go check them out. 🙂

    Here’s my TTT post.


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