Top Ten Tuesday – Books that Should not be “Forgotten”

Top Ten Tuesday is a very popular (and fun) weekly meme that is sponsored by the creative folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week’s assignment: “Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About (you can define older however you wish. Basically just backlisted books you think are great. Basically the point is to share books that could be forgotten about in the midst of all the new releases)”

Okay, I’ll take a stab at that. 🙂 (I fear my list is also sort of a “lesser known books people shouldn’t forget about,” though.)

1. Erewhon by Samuel Butler
More famous for The Way of All Flesh, Butler also Wrote this odd (for his era anyway) book. Kind of Shangri-La type theme (his is in remote New Zealand, though) and quite interesting. I love this book cover, too!


2. The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Great “YA” adventure of a different era. Sadly, I rarely hear these being discussed in the blogging world today, but I just started re-reading the first one, “The Book of Three” this past weekend. High adventure!

3. The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
God, let us never stop reading these seminal works. They, and the Greek myths in general, served as a great inspiration for so much of later literature.

4. Silas Marner by George Eliot
Everyone else seems to talk about The Mill on the Floss instead of this Eliot work, which is my favorite. Poignant ‘reformation, of a miserly hermit. Once upon a time it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to describe me as such. 🙂

5. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
While not in danger of being forgotten, this one should be read more often. When I first read it, I was in something of a rut in my own life and identified with the re-awakening theme of the sickly child.

6. Earth Abides by George Stewart
An early sci-fi classic that I was unaware of myself until this year. Great, fun, post-apocalyptic (In this case the apocalypse is a plague) reading.


7. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
Wonderful story of the decline and fall of an “old money” family set in my home town of Indianapolis. Also a great movie – starring Timothy Holt (of Treasure of the Sierra Madre fame…)

8. The Sufferings of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sometimes aka “The Sorrows of Young Werther.” I think some are scared off from reading this by Goethe’s intimidating intellectual reputation. I found it very readable, if very tragic.

9. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott
Scott wrote a long series of “Waverley” novels that seem to be largely forgotten today. I’ve only scratched their surface myself, but Guy Mannering (subtitled “The Astrologer”) is my favorite so far. And the gypsy, Meg Mereilles, is one of my favorite “minor” characters in literature.

10. The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac
“Everyone” has read “On the Road” and many of Kerouac’s
other transparently autobiographical works, but this more traditional novel (admittedly still hugely autobiographical) seems largely forgotten. It’s one of my favorite books of the past five years.


Well, that’s it for me. What books are in your Top Ten Tuesday this week? I’m off to The Broke and the Bookish to check some of them out. (their are so many participants in this meme you can’t read them all. I usually pick a number between one and ten and then read every tenth one. How do YOU pick which entries to read?

Banned Books Week – a Fahrenheit 451 “Creature Feature” Quiz!

At the monthly meeting of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library’s book club last week, Bill Briscoe, the KVML’s official historian and the book club’s unofficial poet laureate, shared with us a quiz…

Bill writes: “After reading Fahrenheit 451, I have concluded that Ray Bradbury loved to use “creatures” to “illustrate” his text. This quiz is simply a fill-in-the-blank exercise. The right column contains quotations from his novel. Just pick one of the “creatures” from the left column that are “featured” in the book. The quotations are in the order that they appear in the book in case you wish to search for any of the answers. Even though many of the “creatures” show up multiple times, each “creature” is used only once in the quotes.”

This was such a unique – and fun! – diversion I thought I’d share it here. Are you a Fahrenheit 451 scholar? How many can you get right? I’ve read it three times, but was lucky to get over fifty percent – and wouldn’t even have done that well except for some that can be inferred through context. Just click on the picture to expand and go to work. Good luck! (I’ll list the answers below the fold)



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Bibliophilopolis is now on Twitter

I finally caved and created a Twitter account for Bibliophilopolis. Sadly, “Bibliophilopolis” is one too many letters for Twitter, so I went with “@bibliophilopoly” instead. I plan to tweet to publicize new posts (or share older ones that might be topical – e.g. In October I may share some of my prior posts about ghost or horror stories), and share other literary tidbits.

Are you also a book blogger with a Twitter account? Let me know and I will follow you and share some of your posts too.


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