There’s lots of focus on new/upcoming books that we’re excited about in the bookish community, however for this post I want to talk about some of the older or classic books out there I want to get round to reading one day.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
On a trip to the South of France, the shy heroine of Rebecca falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower. Although his proposal comes as a surprise, she happily agrees to marry him. But as they arrive at her husband’s home, Manderley, a change comes over Maxim, and the young bride is filled with dread. Friendless in the isolated mansion, she realises that she barely knows him. In every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca, and the new Mrs de Winter walks in her shadow.
I actually read part of this years ago in a holiday cottage from their bookshelves but didn’t get chance to finish it before going home.
For whatever reason I never got round to finding another copy but I will do one day!
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Severian, a torturer’s apprentice, is exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his prisoners. Ordered to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner’s sword, Terminus Est, Severian must make his way across the perilous, ruined landscape of this far-future Urth. But is his finding of the mystical gem, the Claw of the Conciliator, merely an accident, or does Fate have a grander plans for Severian the torturer . . .
As a fantasy fan who started my fantasy journey with classic 80’s fantasy writers like Eddings, Brooks and Gemmell I’m not sure how I haven’t read any Wolfe yet but he’s a gap in my fantasy reading I’d love to fill.
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.
But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not . . .
What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.
Another big gap in my fantasy reading, I have never read any of the Wheel of Time. To be honest the length of it is more than a little intimidating. However I would like to at least try the first one.
What older books are on your TBR lists?