Top Ten Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger

I have been blogging for about a year and a half now.  Although I am not at all a dedicated blogger about any one topic, my blogging shenanigans have caused me to read some books that I otherwise would not have.  Nonetheless, I have still read more books before I started blogging than after.

That brings me to today’s Top Ten Tuesday list from the fine folks at the Broke and Bookish, the top ten books I read before I was a blogger.  I am pretty sure several of these are in my top ten even if I included my time blogging, although I have gained a number more books in my time blogging.

  1. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery.  I have read this book a number of times in both English and French and I still love it every time.  I want to go back and re-read the whole series again, though.
  2. The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I wasn’t sure whether or not to include this because I read it before I started blogging, but then re-read the series this summer.  It would have fallen on my list either way, so I included it.
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I still can’t get over how clever this book was.  The movie wasn’t bad either.
  4. Marley and Me by John Grogan.  I got the book after watching the movie and I was so glad that I did.  It is hilarious one minute and had me crying the next.  It also makes me want a dog.
  5. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  I read this book over a summer (while teaching band camp) after my high school did the musical when I was in the 11th grade.  It was such a good read.  I now have it on my phone to read again, but I struggle with the whole reading on a phone thing.
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.  I remember reading this on one of our many flights home.  I loved how the book was written and really got the kid… Except his hatred for orange… I didn’t get that.
  7. The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.  I struggle to explain this. I mock the books, but they were the sort that really suck you in and make you want to keep reading.  I confess, I enjoyed them, even though I wouldn’t do it again.
  8. Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  I want to re-read this one too and then go on to the rest of the series.  I read this during med school interviews after being obsessed with the musical soundtrack for years.
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  I first read this in late high school (I think) and it was fantastic even then.  I love the combination of adventure and animal facts and spiritual discussion.
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I first read this in 10th grade English and I am still to this day so glad I did.

Many of the books I enjoyed then I still enjoy now (because it hasn’t been that long).  I do notice that I am more open to trying some genres or picking up certain books based on reviews or lists I have read.

What are some of your favourite books from before you blogged?  Have your tastes in books changed?

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger

  1. Good list! I’ve read 5 of your 10. I would love to re-read Anne of Green Gables and The Little House on the Prairie series. I have a hardback copy of Marley and Me. I’ve never read it but seen the movie about three times and cried like a baby all three times. It was the last book my mother was able to read in its entirety before she passed away, so for some reason I’ve put off reading it. Not sure why. I’ve been curious about Wicked and might need to add that to my list of books to read. I’ve also wanted to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Loved, loved, loved Life of Pi and I’ve seen the movie 3 times.

    • Marley and Me the book is even better than the movie (in my opinion). I recommend reading it! Life of Pi is great and I liked the movie too (though I didn’t see it three times).

  2. Nice list! I’ve read all of them but WICKED, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT … and the last Twilight book. MARLEY AND ME was a surprise hit for me. I’m not much of an animal person, so I wasn’t sure if I was really going to “get” it, but I loved the book (and the movie).

    • When I first watched the movie, I wasn’t mug of an animal person either.
      Wow, you read all but one of the Twilight series? Interesting… I think it would make me crazy to not finish it, even if I didn’t love it… I did wait years before reading the last Harry Potter book, so I really can’t talk.

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