Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday 1

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Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

I have only been a blogger for maybe two weeks so this topic was easy because I had a million books to choose from and hard because I had too many books  to choose from! With only four books reviewed, or in the process of being reviewed, I was torn about which of my many favorites would be my top ten. So while these are what I ended up picking I had to eliminate some other stellar novels.

1. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett is the first part of Tiffany Aching segment of his Discworld series. I loved Tiffany Aching and this was the first I ever read of Terry Prachett who is an amazing fantasy author. The book is full of humour and adventure and well worth reading.

2. Heist Society by Ally Carter is a realistic crime young adult series. While her first series Gallagher Girls did not appeal to me I was so glad that I gave Heist Society a chance. It has compelling characters that pull you in and a mysterious plot that keeps you guessing.

3. Slathbog's Gold by M.L. Forman is another fantasy adventure (I really love those!). I started this series when I transferred schools and devoured the books at a time when I was having trouble making friends. This series got me through a tough transition so it holds a special place in my heart. Furthermore I connect with Alex Taylor and find him to be a person who you want to emulate for his selfless and caring nature and his desire for a little adventure.

4. A Modern Witch by Debora Geary is an amazing series with a smaller following. Its considered Chick Lit by goodreads and its the first on this list that isn't a young adult series. But I like that is a series with characters that you grow with (each book is told by a different character but the main cast all tend to come in and out of each book). Its a paranormal romance but its also says a lot about relationships, trust, loyalty, and magic. I think that it appeals to me because it builds this modern world full of witches that you wish you could befriend and it teaches you life lessons without preaching.

5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen is my favorite of the many books I have read by her. This one contains the usual young adult romance with hard issues, but it stood out to me because even not experiencing what McLean has I felt drawn to her and related to many of her feelings. I think also being a very family-oriented person I like what this said about families. Great read.

6. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale is a fantastic novel. I never read the other Books of Bayern but I reread this one several times. I appreciated the kick-butt female lead in this novel  and felt it was a well-done fairytale retelling. Of the several different versions of goose girl that I have enjoyed this one is the best of them.

7. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine is another fairytale retelling. This seems to be a hit or miss with most people. I loved Ella Enchanted so I got this book when it first came out and eventually got it signed when she visited my school. I think that while the main character really annoyed me at times the plot makes up for it.

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore was a book I picked up in the library one day and then eventually bought my own copy. Its a unique story that I really appreciated with characters that are very human despite their extreme skills. It has several companions in the same world now that bring back the magic you experience when reading this one.

9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I'm a Potterhead. What more can I say?

10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I re-read the whole series after the last movie came out. I still love most of the story (does anyone really like New Moon?) and find the writing simplistic. Its a good read despite the fact that people seem to hate it just to hate it. It has flaws, but it was a unique story.

Thats my top ten favorite books I read before I was a blogger. That took me longer then I thought! But it was nice to revisit some of my favorite series and authors.



  1. I really enjoyed Heist Society, and I adore Sarah Dessen's books! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    1. Thanks for visiting! I'll be sure to check out your list as well :)

  2. I loved The Heist Society.

    My Top Ten

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    1. It is an amazing series. I will be sure to check out your top ten. Thanks for the information! I will email you for sure!