The Oldest Books I Own

Over the years I’ve collected several books. Some right on the release date, and some from many years ago at a used bookstore for $2. Some I had heard a lot about and others, I still don’t think I’ve read the synopsis of.

My goal for this year is to read some of the oldest books I own. They’ve been collecting dust for so long, can I even see their covers anymore? Who knows.

The oldest books:

  1. The Waves by Virginia Wolff (1931)
  2. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)
  3. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer (1960)
  4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)
  5. Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw (1972)
  6. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn (1972)
  7. And I Don’t Want to Live This Life by Deborah Spungen (1983)
  8. Thinner by Stephen King (Published under the name Richard Bachman) (1984)
  9. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (1990)
  10. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (1992)

All of these books were published before I was born. I felt old until I saw this list.

I find it interesting that a couple of these authors are still publishing books! It goes to show how a successful career in writing can last for decades.

I’ve read books from Cornwell and Connelly previously. The Kay Scarpetta and Harry Bosch series are still going strong so I’m intrigued to see how they both began. I haven’t read the most recent books, but I’m interested to know if their writing has evolved as the world has, especially with technology and crime.

A few of these books don’t interest me as much as they did when I first got them, but I’m excited to go back in time. Have you read any of these? What should I start with? (Please don’t say the 1000+ page book because that one is slightly terrifying me)

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