Since then I have tried to keep a record of the books I have read that were published before I was born, and here's my list over the last five years. How many of them have you read, and which others have you read that were published before you were born?
- Ballantyne, R.M. . 1966  The Coral Island.
- Conrad, Joseph. 1955  Nostromo.
- Dickens, Charles. 1981. Bleak House.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. 1959  The brothers Karamazov.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. 2009. Devils.
- Eliot, George. s.a. Adam Bede.
- Greene, Graham. 1974  A gun for sale.
- Haggard, H. Rider. 1965  Queen Sheba's ring.
- Haggard, H. Rider. 1972. Jess.
- Haggard, H. Rider. 1979. King Solomon's mines.
- Huxley, Aldous. 1994  Jesting Pilate: the diary of a journey.
- Kingsley, Charles. s.a. The Heroes.
- Kipling, Rudyard. 1994. Puck of Pook's Hill.
- Montgomery, L.M. 1994  Anne of Green Gables.
- Nesbit, E. 1978. Five children and It.
- Nesbit, E. 1978. The Phoenix and the Carpet.
- Nesbit, E. 1986  The story of the treasure seekers.
- Sayers, Dorothy. 1970  The Five Red Herrings.
- Steinbeck, John. 1967  Cannery Row.
- Sterne, Lawrence. 1948. Tristram Shandy.
- Tolstoy, Leo. 1926  Resurrection.
- Turgenev, Ivan. 1967. On the Eve.
- Turgenev, Ivan. 2015  Fathers and sons.
I've also been reading books about writing, and find it interesting to see the contradictory advice given to writers on what they should be reading to imporve their writing. One said that one should only read books published in the last couple of years, because that way you will know what kind of books are currently popular and will sell well.
Others, as I said, point out that your own writing will have greater depth and greater human sympathy if you read books published before you were born.
Want to give it a try?