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Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About

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Oh goodness! This is another topic that is right up my alley, since I adore finding “new” old books. I’m just worried that I’m going to forget all my favorites now that I’m actually trying to remember them!


  1. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey – Pern is a pretty well known world to a lot of people in my generation of fantasy lovers, and the books certainly have their flaws, but I have such great memories of these books. These books probably were the first time I really got active in sharing my love of a book and venturing online to find other people to talk with about them. I hope they delight my children as much as they delighted me! Also dragons are timeless! :D
  2. Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis – I looooooved this trilogy, and the books are definitely from a while back, but they are really wonderful epic fantasy, especially if you are also a gamer!
  3. To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert Heinlein – Look, not a dragon book! This is actually my favorite book, though, and Heinlein is a classic author that I really hope is never forgotten. He may have been a little crazy weird at times, but he had some really amazing books and thoughts.
  4. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman – What is Pullman up to these days anyway? I will forever have images of clouds of golden dust flying through the sky because of this trilogy, and I hope many others do too.
  5. Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner – I randomly picked this book up at the library when it was having a dragons event (:D) and loved it class epic fantasy and bardic tale feel. I doubt that it was ever that well known, but I hope that people keep finding it randomly :D.
  6. The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop – Oh this book…. An ex-boyfriend lent me this trilogy while we were dating, and it was the best thing to come out of that relationship ;-). I love this trilogy so much, and think it is a much better trilogy that more popular Anne Bishop books. I really recommend this to witch fantasy lovers :).
  7. Bell, Book and Murder by Rosemary Edghill – My high school English teacher gave me this book for graduation and I will always be so thankful for that. These three stories are so fun, and do a great job of portraying a Wiccan character. It’s like classic urban fantasy, before urban fantasy involved such obvious magic :D.
  8. The Masters of Solitude by Marvin Kaye and Parke Godwin – I have to thank my parents for this random old book, and what a delicious old book it is! You know how older sci-fi/fantasy books often are just a lot more mind trippy, vague and weird to follow, but in a good way? That’s Masters of Solitude through and through. I can’t even remember everything that happened, but I know it was cool!
  9. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – Sanderson has a lot of amazing books, but this trilogy is freaking fantastic. I’m not super worried about it being forgotten, however, since Sanderson keeps writing in this world and so people will keep being drawn back to the original books :D.
  10. Animorphs by Katherine Applegate! – Seriously, these books were awesome! How cool would it be to turn into an animal and have a weird blue alien friend?? Animorphs were such a huge sci-fi influence in my early years, and I can’t imagine childhood without passing them around between my friends :D.
It always happens that as soon as I see other people’s posts I realize I completely forgot some really important book, so this means that you should link me your TTT so I can remember! Because apparently I’m one of the ones who should worry about doing the forgetting… oh brains, how school has destroyed them, haha!

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  1. I haven’t read any of these, but Bell, Book and Murder looks really good! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m going to have to add the Edghill novel to my list of books to check out.

  3. Oh your list is great! And it has one of my favorite books on it, Dragons of Autumn Twilight. I just love, love, love that trilogy! I’ve never read Dragonriders of Pern – or, for that matter, any of the other books on your list (except Pullman who btw has a new book called something with dust out next year!) but I will now go and add several of them to my Goodreads account :-)

    • Yey! The Pern books are great reading for dragon lovers :D they are rather light, since I did read them in like 6th grade, but still a lot of fun :). Yey! More Dragonlance fans :D Have you read any of the other trilogies??

  4. Yes, I too enjoyed His Dark Materials series. I mean I think that one is a great read for all ages. You just can’t go wrong. Thanks for stopping by my page. I hope you had a great Tuesday! See ya next week.

  5. Animorphs practically was my childhood. I remember doing a freebie book report and 5 kids (myself included) picked different Animorphs books, and we all had different pronunciations of ‘Tobias’. Good thing the show came along to straighten us out ;)

    I’ve been meaning to get back to Pern. I read the first 2 trilogies and collected another 15-or-so books, but haven’t ever gone back and read them >_< Maybe with audiobooks….

    • I might have read every single Pern book that was available at the time I was obsessing…. and a number of other McCaffrey books… and participated in various text based rpgs…. oh yeah, I was a crazy kid, but there were dragons!!

  6. I think I’ll be picking myself up s’more Sanderson pretty soon. ah, and Heinlein, you can never read too much of him. :)

    I love reading older stuff, so I try to balance my blog between new and older titles. Some stuff is even older than I am, which is really funny, because most of those are horribly dated. computers that took up entire rooms? punchcards? what were they thinking?

    • Haha, I completely agree! I think I could go an entire year of only Sanderson and Heinlein, and while my readers probably wouldn’t be happy, I would be :D

      Finding that balance can be tricky I think, but both age groups (if you will :D) seem to appeal to readers, since there are plenty of us out there that want to find out about old books that aren’t being talked about actively anymore. But yes, the horrible datedness of sci-fi books are hilarious! They’re kind of fun though to think about how things could have progressed differently, ya know? Or with some of those crazy authors, how accurate their future predictions were… *shivers*

  7. I’m really wanting to get a hold of a copy of Mistborn but it hasn’t passed through any of my favorite used haunts. I do have a copy of Song in the Silence that I scored awhile back but haven’t gotten around to reading. Then today, because of your awesome post, I snatched up a copy of The Pillars of the World when I went to my favorite used bookstore. :]

    • <3 Wow, you just made my day. You have to let me know what you think!! Mistborn is a book that tends to be at libraries so you could try that if you don't have an owning books obsession like some of us ;-)

      Song in the Silence is definitely a little slow, but fulfilling in that classic fantasy kind of way :D

      • Yay! I figured I had to spill because I always love it when one of my readers/friends/family-members tell me that they did. I’ll definitely let you know what I think when I can sneak it in. Hopefully soon. As for that whole owning books obsession, definitely have that. LOL. I’m pretty sure books are taking over my house.

        Sounds like Song in the Silence is a vacation read in that case, that way I can give it the time it deserves and not feel pressured with school and the like. Thanks for the tip! :]

  8. I totally almost had Animorphs on my list, too! What a great series, especially for animal-obsessed kids. Did you ever watch the short-lived television series? I remember thinking the effects were so cool, haha.

    I haven’t heard of many of the rest of these, though. Thanks for sharing a great list! :)

    • Yey! I suspected I was a little crazy for putting it on there, but I seriously loved that series… I wanna turn into an animal toooooo! I totally didn’t know there was a TV show, that sounds like the perfect way to spend a coming Saturday :D

  9. stuckinva says:

    I haven’t read anything of Sanderson other than him taking over The Wheel of Time series…I keep wondering if I should pick up other things of his to see how much of his style bled over into it!

    • Oo, that’s a good question. I haven’t gotten to The Wheel of Time yet, so I couldn’t say, but I really love everything I’ve read of his so far :D

  10. You have a great list. I see a lot of interesting books. I’m going to check them out on GR :D

    My TTT @thedailyprophecy

  11. Yay again for the Dragonlance series– the original trilogy *is* pretty darn old now, but they are the best. I really want to read Dragonsong and Mistborn, they’ve both been on my tbr list for ages. It’s a good question, what Philip Pullman is writing these days, if he’s writing anything… I have kinda wondered about that, since he hasn’t released any books in a long time. Now I really want to check out Bell, Book and Murder, too. Anyway, great list.

    • Thanks! Yey, you must check out Bell, Book and Murder, I love the idea of passing on random and unknown books from one person to another *happy dance*

  12. I haven’t read any of these books – but I think I’m starting off next year with Mistborn – I’ve heard so many wonderful things.

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