Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. I decided to go with my Top Ten Older Favorites.
In no particular order, these are some of my older favorites, not including the classics. I’ve read each of these books at least twice. And totally coincidentally, 7 out of the 10 have movie or TV adaptations.
- Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy – This book is centered around a group of friends in Ireland as they grow up. I’ve loved this book for so long and it was adapted pretty well into a movie featuring Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell.
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – The first book of the Sookie Stackhouse series that I fell in love with shortly before the TV adaptation, True Blood, aired on HBO. I binge read as many books of the series that were published at the time.
- The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver – The first time I read this book, I was with my family at a cabin in northern MN. Let’s just say that it thoroughly creeped me out in the best way possible. The movie adaptation with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie was pretty good, but of course the book was much better.
- Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley – This is a pretty unpopular opinion for fans of Gone With the Wind, but I really loved this sequel. Probably because I love Scarlett and Rhett so much that I couldn’t take them ending the way they did in GWTW. I needed more and that’s what Scarlett gave me. The TV miniseries adaptation was awful though. Ugh. Timothy Dalton as Rhett….. NO.
- One by One by Gilbert Morris – This is one my mom and I had checked out from the library a few times because we both enjoyed it so much. The book is out of print but I recently was able to track down a copy on Thrift Books and gave it to my mom for Christmas last year. Really creepy mystery about people being kidnapped and held hostage in the bottom of a grain silo, as the kidnapper begins to kill them, one by one.
- The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans – I first read this during my horse obsession phase in early high school. I just really loved everything about this story but especially Pilgrim and Grace’s second chance. I also love the movie adaptation with Robert Redford, Kristen Scott Thomas, Sam O’Neill, and Scarlet Johansson.
- The Princess by Lori Wick – This book is definitely a fairy tale type story about an average citizen being chosen to become the next princess because the widowed prince needed to re-marry by a certain age according to the law of this fictional country. It is technically Christian lit but I ignore the religious aspects of it when I read it for the most part.
- Empire Falls by Richard Russo – I read this book in a college English class called Stories of Place and ended up falling in love with it. The book centers around the life of Miles Roby who lives in a small blue collar town in Maine but dreams of so much more. The adaptation featuring Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman, and Robin Wright was pretty good but I definitely prefer the book.
- Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon – I picked this up on a whim while staying at my grandma’s house one summer a long time ago. I read a lot of Mary Higgins Clark books back then and this seemed to be along a similar vein. Ended up being so much better. The main character turns out to have multiple personality disorder and finds herself on trial for doing something one of her alters did.
- Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier – This is one of those books that makes me feel instantly cozy which might sound weird considering the subject matter. This story is about a wounded Civil War soldier on his long walk home to his sweetheart back home. You may have seen the adaptation with Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Donald Sutherland.
What are some of your older favorites?