Top 10 Tuesday — Books Popular The Year I Was Born

2 Feb

I unintentionally tweaked this week’s Top 10 Tuesday. I checked this week’s challenge before doing research and inadvertently settled on books that were published or were bestsellers the year I was born and that I read at least a few years later 😉 . I will own up to my age by saying that 1960 seems to have been a good year for books! I have included children’s, as well as adult fiction, because I have been an avid reader from the get-go. In a world that is all about the next shiny thing, it is great to see many books that have stood the test of time — at least 60+ years of it.


Do you read books from days gone by?


For more books through the ages, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.


Top Books from 1960

Hawaii was the year’s New York Times number one bestseller. I think this was the first book I ever read by Michener. He was a favorite of mine throughout high school.

The saga of a land from the time when the volcanic islands rose out of the sea to the decade in which they become the 50th state. Michener uses individuals’ experiences to symbolize the struggle of the various races to establish themselves in the islands.


Here are other favorites published in 1960


Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss


The Clue in The Old Stagecoach by Carolyn Keene

The Island of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell


Exodus by Leon Uris

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


8 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Books Popular The Year I Was Born”

  1. Carla February 2, 2021 at 10:31 am #

    Many of these would have been on my list, but I was born in 1957. Great choices.

    • rbclibrary February 2, 2021 at 10:40 am #


  2. Carrie February 2, 2021 at 6:22 pm #

    oooo i always loved that Nancy Drew book!

    • rbclibrary February 2, 2021 at 7:46 pm #

      All Nancy Drews!

  3. Michelle February 3, 2021 at 7:43 am #

    I had my son read Island of the Blue Dolphins while we were homeschooling. A very good book.

  4. Regine Karpel (@regine_karpel) February 3, 2021 at 3:28 pm #

    Looks good.

  5. Rhosymedre (@Rhosymedre) February 6, 2021 at 2:35 am #

    It is indeed wonderful when books stand the test of time. I adore Island of the Blue Dolphins — Scott O’Dell was a favorite author of mine growing up, and most of his books were definitely around before me.

    Bonus, while I’m here: my top 5 from 1960 (why yes, I do read books from days gone by, thank you for asking)
    1. Meet The Austins – Madeleine L’Engle
    2. Gaudenzia, Pride of the Palio – Marguerite Henry
    3. More Than Courage – Patrick Lawson (a book of true horse & dog stories; I actually read and still have a copy of my mom’s. This was one of her favorites)
    4. Ring Of Bright Water – Gavin Maxwell
    5. Fury and the Mustangs – Albert Miller

    • rbclibrary February 8, 2021 at 7:01 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing your favs from 1960!

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