Time to fess up, guys. Time to share how old you really are ...
Have you ever read any book(s) published the year you were born?
When you reach a certain age it's actually not all that easy to even come up with books that were published during a certain year, especially when that year was many many maaany decades ago. The good thing though about living in the present is that you simply have to google your way to the needed information, which is basically what I did, because honestly, I was pretty clueless as to whether I've even read anything that hit the bookstore in 1974. There, I said it, I am old.
Oldies but Goldies.
Actually my googling adventures took me straight to Goodreads, namely this page. After browsing through this list I came to the conclusion that a) there are a number of books with a familiar ring to them (well, at least I heard about them, ahem) and b) I haven't read a whole lot of the books on the list (like I said, I know some of the titles, I'm just not familiar with what's between the covers). Looking on the bright side, I am happy to announce that I did find a (small) handful which I did in fact read over the many many maaany years of my existence.
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Heinrich Böll) a book we had to aka were forced to read back in high school. Admittedly I don't remember this one all that fondly - too dry and too intellectual for my taste, at least back when I was still a teenager, it was just one of many dull reads I had to plow through for school. It's still a miracle to me how all those mandatory reads didn't turn me off reading for good.
From the hazards of tabloid journalism to equally horrible prom nights.
Carrie (Stephen King) which is a true horror classic up to this day. And did you know it was, obviously, one of Mr. King's earliest novels too? Back then he actually wrote relatively short books.
Now, only mentioning two books might be a bit lame, but for the life of me I couldn't find any other on that list. Of course I could have googled away some more, but then again I wouldn't want to discourage you, my dear readers, by listing pages and pages of books that have been published the year I was born (and which I've read, as I should probably add).
When people start referring to certain books as classics, you're bound to feel old.
Have you read book(s) that came out the year you were born? If so, why not share the titles and whether you liked them or not! Or in case you haven't, are there any books as old as yourself which you'd like to read?