Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and this week is all about those books you read before you started blogging. Without further adieu, my top ten books before I was a blogger.
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I didn’t read this long before I became a blogger, but it will forever have a place on my favorites shelf no matter what.
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I started reading these books right when they came out and pretty much grew up with Harry and the Gang.
3. The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. Aside from Harry Potter, this was the first series that I read religiously and to this day I still re-read it.
4. The Odyssey by Homer. I read this in high school and fell in love with it right away.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Does this one even require words? It’s simply amazing.
6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I have to say, even now if I tried to review this book, I’m not sure I would be able to find the words.
7. Define Normal by Julie Ann Peters. I remember buying this book in middle school because I liked the cover and I ended up reading the heck out of it and loving it more than I ever thought I would. To this day I’m still trying to keep up with Peters work.
8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I think this is another one that doesn’t require explanation.
9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a book that probably every teenager should read because it deals so well with important issues and is simply amazingly written.
10. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. This book opened my eyes to a whole new world of reading… a whole new world. Anyone who’s read Palahniuk probably knows what I mean, lol.
So, there’s ten of my favorite reads from before I was a blogger. Do you share any? What are yours? Do tell.
Love Jane Austen, Harry Potter and To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m sure the rest of your titles are worth looking into. kelley—the road goes ever ever on
Thanks! These are just a random sampling that popped into my head though some, like Choke, are definitely targeted towards more specific audiences.
Great list and a great idea. I might have to do something similar over @ my place soon… [muses]
*Loved* Pride & Prejudice and count it as one of the best books I’ve read.
Picked up the DVD of Wallflower today. If I like it I might pick up the book. Have you seen it? Does it do the book justice?
I definitely like this topic. I don’t often think about what I read before I started this blog so it was a nice trip down memory lane so to speak, lol.
Totally agree about P & P. Absolutely amazing!!!
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the movie for The Perks of Being a Wallflower yet. I’m either waiting to buy it or for it to come on Netflix Instant Watch – whichever happens first. I have, from trusted sources, heard that the movie is amazing. The book though… omg, I love it. I have a tattoo that’s my favorite scene and line from the book. =]
Have you read Emma by Jane Austen? It’s actually my favorite of hers.
Is Define Normal for young people? I haven’t heard of it before, but might have to keep watch for it.
I keep hearing about The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Perhaps it should go on my wish list. 🙂
Speak is brilliant! Have you read anything by Sara Zarr. I discovered her after Halse and became an avid fan.
As for my list of favorite books I read before I started to blog, there is no way I could keep it to just ten. 🙂 And if I tried, I would just keep changing my mind about it.
P & P is actually the only Jane Austen novel I’ve read thus far even though I own them all (I think). I really want to read Emma though having read a little about it and hearing about Emma the character.
Define Normal and all of Peters other books are geared towards teens. I just love them because she tackles the idea of accepting people as they are in such a great way.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower should go on everyone’s list, if you ask me! It’s such an amazing, amazing story.
I’m not familiar with Sara Zarr, but I’ve written her name down so I remember to browse her stuff on Goodreads. Thanks for the suggestion!
I hear you about the list though. This list is pretty much just the stuff that popped into my head first when I was thinking about what I’d read pre-blog so I went with it, lol.
I’d be thinking a long time about sharing my list of Top Ten Favorites which won a book contest. Now I finally have, as part of Top Ten Tuesday. Here’s my entry! http://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/top-ten-before-i-was-a-blogger/
I’m a huge fan of The HP series too. Awesome list 🙂
Thank you! The HP books really are just so good! =]
I am so ashamed to say that I am a book lover that has not read Perks of Being a Wallflower. Nor have I seen the movie. But I need to get around to that so I can have at least a little bit of dignity in life.
My top ten list! 🙂
I wouldn’t say you’re without dignity, but the book is absolutely worth the time to read it in my opinion. I still need to see the movie though. I can’t wait to finally get my hands on it!