02 October 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Forgotten Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

Top Ten "Older" Books You Don't Want People To Forget About - This is a real mish-mash of books that I've either read fairly recently, or read for the first time years ago.
The Flynn Laukonen series by Tabitha Suzuma - A Voice in the Distance (2007) and A Note of Madness (2008) - after reading Forbidden, I went out and ordered two more of Tabitha's books and promptly fell in love with them too. All of her work definitely deserves more attention.

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (1950) - an Australian classic, A Town Like Alice is the remarkable story of a group of women that survive the unimaginable horror of captivity in Asia in WWII. I first read it as a teenager after seeing the movie of the same name and it's an important piece of Australian and world history.

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon (1997) - One of my favourite post-apocalyptic horror stories, Swan Song is a book that I literally couldn't put down. Well loved by PA enthusiasts, it's a modern classic in my opinion!















The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden - Tomorrow, When the War Began (1993), The Dead of Night (1994), A Killing Frost (1995), Darkness, Be My Friend (1996), Burning for Revenge (1997), The Night is For Hunting (1998) & The Other Side of Dawn (1999) - a tale of seven Australian teenagers who are on a camping trip when the country is invaded by an unknown (and never named) country, this is the ultimate YA survival story. Now being republished by Scholastic, it will remain forever as my favourite YA series of all time.


The Tatiana and Alexander series by Paullina Simons - The Bronze Horseman (1997), The Bridge to Holy Cross (2003) and The Summer Garden (2006) - Historical fiction at it's absolute best, I've read this series twice and although I have copies in storage in Australia, I went and bought them all again so I could have them on my shelves ready for the next re-read.

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (1999) - before The Hunger Games (and widely gossiped about as the inspiration behind Suzanne Collins' series) was Battle Royale - a cult classic story of horror and survival as a class of Japanese teenagers and left on an island with a range of odd, kooky weapons with which to battle each other as they try to survive the longest and win the ultimate prize.











Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (2004) - another historical fiction favourite, I only read this for the first time last year, but it's an intense, moving and thought-provoking story.














Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (2005) - What really happens when we die? A really interesting take on that question, as well as being incredibly moving.














The Last Light series - Last Light (2007) and Afterlight (2010) by Alex Scarrow - Peak oil crisis? Yep, the world's going to hell and a group of survivors are trying to build a new life in a pretty unusual location.








Stolen by Lucy Christopher (2009) - This one was randomly recommended to me and I still see it pop up on the blogosphere occasionally. It's an intense story that also raises a lot of questions about right and wrong...















So, there's my top ten of books that I think shouldn't be forgotten or overlooked. Have you read any of these, or want to read them? Link me up if you have a Top Ten.

39 comments:

  1. It has been so long since I read the Marsden series and I'd love to revisit, but I'm worried about going back to them in case they don't hold up to the memory I have of them as a 12 year old.

    Did you see the film adaptation? I never got around to seeing it for the same reasons, but I've heard it's pretty decent.

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    1. I was really worried that I'd be let down too, but it was exactly how I remembered it :)

      I have the film on DVD and it's actually far better than I thought it would be - a few things (like the hermit) are cut out of it, but otherwise it's pretty true to the book and the actors do a pretty good job.

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    2. Well I'll add it to my Quickflix queue then and see if I can find the books at my mum's place then!

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  2. I saw Those Who Save Us at the bookstore a couple of months ago. It sounded really interesting and sad. I do want to give it a try someday. ;)

    J'adore Happy Endings

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    1. It was completely different than I expected but in a good way!

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  3. Sadly, I haven't read any of those. Some of them are on my TBR though. Hope to read them all someday.

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    1. If only we could read all the books at the same time huh?!

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  4. Sigh... I love The Bronze Horseman books! Did you know that Paullina Simons' new book is about Alexander's parents. I am really looking forward to reading it!

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    1. No I didn't know that! I'm going to have to track it down - I want more more more!

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  5. I haven't read any of these, although I've heard the Marsden series is brilliant, so I'll have to try and get to it soon. Great list!

    My TTT

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    1. It's my favourite ever YA series and I'd recommend it to anyone!

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  6. I would love to read Stolen. Most of the other books you've mentioned are unknown for me. I'm going to check them out :)

    My TTT @thedailyprophecy

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    1. Stolen is amazing. There's a review around here...somewhere!

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  7. YES!! Those Who Save Us! I LOVED that book so much! I was THIS close to putting it on my list but didn't. So glad you are giving it some love!

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    1. It was amazing - I need to re-read it, soon!

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  8. I haven't read any of those, but Battle Royale is on my reading list ... hopefully I'll get to it soon.

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    1. It looks overwhelming on first glance, but it's a rollercoaster read!

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  9. I haven't read the Tatiana and Alexander series, but I do love historical fiction, I'll have to check them out. My TTT.

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  10. No list at the Aussie Zombie would be complete without Tabitha Suzuma!

    Added A Town Like Alice to Goodreads!

    I want to read The Tomorrow Series (I've only read book one) so much, but my library doesn't have them! TRAGEDY! I'll have to buy them at some point, I guess, but there are so many! EXPENSIVE!

    I want to read The Bronze Horseman. I have it, but haven't gotten to it.

    Battle Royale! Awesome! I almost put this on my list, but I decided to go older with my old books. *fistbumps*

    Added another one: Those Who Save Us. Oh, and Last Light too. SO MANY!

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    1. And you know it!

      They are really expensive and quite hard to find, but they've been slowwwwwwwwwwly coming into stock at TBD.

      Yeeaaaaaaahhhhhh Battle Royale rocks!

      I think you'd really like Last Light - it's intense PA!

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    1. LOL you have some catching up to do hun :)

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  12. I've reallly only read Battle Royale and loved both it and its on-screen incarnate. Stolen is also on my TBR list because I dig books that question things like ethics and morality.

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    1. I have to get that movie!

      Stolen is so emotional, and a really interesting perspective on Stockholm Syndrome - that's what drew me to it initially (and that it's set in Australia, yay!)

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  13. I've not read Tabatha's other books yet..I need to SO bad. Forbidden was just so amazing.

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    1. I was actually quite scared that they wouldn't move me as much as Forbidden! But they are very very good.

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  14. I have not read any of these. I have read McCammon, but not this one. Swan Song makes a fair number of best ever apocalyptic/world coming to an end lists. A lot of times if it is on the list, Stephen Kings's The Stand is also on the list.

    For under the radar screan post apocalypse/dystopia that is very good, I would add (if you can find it) Australian Honey Brown's Red Queen. It one an Australian award for best horror novel of the year. For a more sci fi feel, Barth Anderson's The Patron Saint of Plagues is also good.

    Since it is set in Australia I will add a third: Steven Amsterdam's Things We Didn't See Coming.

    Sorry I can't help with zombies, but at least I got the Australian part (2 out of 3) in.

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    1. It's the only McCammon book I've read, but there's several others on my TBR, patiently waiting for me. I did also really like The Stand, but it's been a long time since I read it.

      I will definitely check out both Red Queen and The Patron Saint of Plagues, thanks!

      I read Things We Didn't See Coming earlier this year, and there's a review around here somewhere - it was pretty intense!

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  15. I JUST got Tomorrow, When The War Began on Paperback Swap today. I'm glad you love the series so much. It looks really fascinating! And STOLEN! What a book!

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    1. Yay! I hope you love it as much as I did :)

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  16. This is such an interesting list (no really, I am not just saying that)! I'll be honest, I haven't read any of these but I am so going to go back and add some of these to my list. They almost all intrigue me, especially The John Marsden series and Swan Song. I STILL need to read Battle Royale but I know how loved it is. I'm afraid of it though.

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    1. When I first started reading Battle Royale I was scared too ;-), but I was pretty much addicted to it by page 20!

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  17. I have The Bronze Horseman in my TBR pile, I really need to get to that! I had no idea that it was part of a trilogy.

    Battle Royale is a book that has been on my wish list for ages... I really need to pick up a copy and just get to it!

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    1. The first book in the Bronze Horseman series is my favourite, but the others are pretty good too. Paullina Simons has written quite a few books that I've really enjoyed (such as Tully).

      Read Battle Royale - it's awesome!

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  18. Ooh, Stolen sounds excellent too. So many books I need to read!

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  19. Great list! Stolen was on mine as well - love that book! A couple were already on my TBR and I'm adding Last Light right now. I hope my library has it. :)

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    1. I hope soo too - I really liked it, and it was one of my first ever post-apocalyptic books!

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