Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
Once upon a time, I didn’t blog. I used to read for fun without any pressure to read all the hot now books, write reviews, Tweet. I was, for lack of a better term, a casual reader. But would I go back to that? Not on your life! Life since the blog has been fantastic and, while sometimes I get stressed out about reading and blogging, I do love my reading habits now that I do blog!
Before the blog, I read some pretty good books, some that have stuck with me and have still remained my favorites, despite all the other excellent books I’ve read since then. These books and a strong need to talk about them were probably some of the reasons I got into book blogging in the first place. No, they aren’t really original and pretty much everyone and their brother have read them, but they still hold a place in my heart!
Here are the top ten favorite books I read BEFORE I was a blogger:
The Princess Diaries – I may have obsessed read this series. I may have nearly come to blows with a 10 year old who got the 3rd book off the library shelf before I could. I may have read fanfiction after finishing the last book of the series just so I wouldn’t have to say goodbye to
Michael Mia. This series… whoa. Was the best.
The Chronicles of Narnia – My 4th grade teacher first read this series to us as a class and ever since then I have loved both this series and fantasy books. And not just fantasy… but magical, mystical lands that are filled with adventure. I know I talk about Narnia all the time on the blog, but still… it’s that wonderful.
Hunger Games series – Not surprising here… but I obsessed read this series too way before I blogged. I think this was one of the first series that REALLY got me into dystopian books.
Gemma Doyle series – My first experience with a Libba Bray book. I actually heard about these from a book agent’s blog that I followed and checked them out. Loved them oh so much!
Starcrossed – I may have totally fangirled over this book the first time I read it. It was seriously THAT GOOD. Granted, second time around it wasn’t all that grand, but that first time was fabulous.
Percy Jackson series – After seeing the movie I wanted nothing more than to read these books. I even BOUGHT them under the distinct impression that I was going to love them, something I never do. But yeah… I couldn’t get enough of this series and have loved reading and re-reading them!
City of Bones – I think we all remember that first book character that really got us hot under the collar. For me it was totally Jace. Ohhh… Jace.
Wither – I really only read this book because of the cover, but lemme tell you… sometimes covers don’t lie. I absolutely fell in love with this book and knew it was a thing before I even discovered it was a thing among people who actually liked books like these.
Divergent – The very first book I reviewed on my blog! I had read this a while before I started blogging and really needed a place to talk about all my love for it. Now, I’m not saying that this book started the blog, but it was the first one I decided to review… and the rest has been wonderful history!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower -Kinda feel like this is the best for last. I had heard about the movie being made and wanted to see what it was about… mostly because I love Logan Lerman and think he’s just the cutest thing ever. While I had read a lot of YA at this point, this was probably the first deep YA book that I had read, one that dealt with serious issues and proved to me that YA books were way more than Twilight.