Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read Before I Blogged

the broke and the bookish

Whoa whoa whoa… Books I read before I blogged? There was life before blogging? Oh yeah. Well I’ve been blogging since sometime in 2009, which a long freaking time to try to remember stuff, but since The Broke and The Bookish’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday today is Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger, I’ll try.

Also, this post is in a bit of a rush today cause I’ve got lots to do, so no pretty book pictures to go along with my picks 😦

1. Don’t Die, My LoveΒ by Lurlene McDanielΒ – This was probably one of my first favorite books ever, because I read it when I was pretty darn young. It’s about a high school couple who are totally in love and so sweet, but the boy gets some sort of cancer and dies. (This is hardly a spoiler, come on, it’s Lurlene McDaniel…)Β  I STILL have a copy of this on my bookshelves.

2. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – I actually read and loved this book so much I went on to read all of Amy Tan’s other novels, and I still have most of them. I haven’t read them in FOREVER, so I have no idea if I would still enjoy them or not. Part of me doesn’t want to re-read them because I have fond memories of liking them, and what if I read them now and found them lacking?

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – (Thanks Katie for making me remember this!) Do you guys remember when this book came out and it was all the hype? Maybe people had better standards of what was hype-worthy back in the day, because this book about an autistic 15-year old boy was really, really good and I should read it again soon.

4. EragonΒ by Christopher Paolini – I was working at Waldenbooks when I discovered this series. The books were pretty popular and had gorgeous covers, and I signed a copy out to read it (yeah we were allowed to do that, it was awesome) and I immediately bought all of the books out at the time in hardcover. They were probably my first intro to fantasy, and so they hold a special place in my heart still.

5. The Red Tent by Anita DiamantΒ  – I used to read a LOT more historical fiction than I do now. This was suggested to me by one of my sister’s co-workers at the time, and it was super good. I wasn’t expecting to like it cause you know, eww religion, but I remember liking it a lot.

6. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb – Isn’t it awesome how memories just come flooding back when you think about a certain book? I remember that I was with my mom and siblings, we were in Barnes and Noble (which was rare, because I’m the only reader in the family), and I remember buying this book because it looked interesting, it was a paperback, and it had Oprah’s seal of approval on it. I want to re-read it to see if I still like it, but it’s a hefty one and just haven’t had the motivation to do so yet.

7. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd – This author gets a lot more praise for The Secret Life of Bees, but I liked this novel by her a lot better. It’s basically about a woman trying to rediscover herself after being a wife and mother for so long, and I enjoyed it a lot.

8. Helen of Troy by Margaret George – AGAIN with the historical fiction! And this sucker is huge, but it was a really, really great story about Helen. Margaret George does historical fiction really well.

9. Kindred by Octavia Butler – I don’t remember how I heard about Kindred or why I wanted to read it, but I remember seeking it out and thinking that it was a special kind of awesome. Once again I really should re-read it soon, but until then check out Alley’sΒ fab review.

10. The Shadow of the WindΒ by Carlos Ruiz ZafonΒ – I had put off reading this book for years, and then I finally read it, and I really dug it cause come on, it’s about books and mystery and dark beautiful intrigue and it was just great. Unfortunately, I wasn’t into blogging yet so I need to re-read it.

Okay so basically this is just a giant list of books I should probably re-read at some point so that I can blab about them to you! Also, check out this similar TTT list from last year: Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed. I didn’t repeat any! Amazing.

What have you read and loved but not blogged about?





    1. The Joy Luck Club was the first of her books that I read, but I don’t even remember which one I liked best. I liked them all! And read them one right after another, so they all kind of blur together in my head now, with the exception of TJLC.


  1. I keep meaning to read The Curious Incident … I’ve heard SO many good things about it! AND The Red Tent. I remember owning that one, but I think I donated it to a library. 😦 I’ll have to check it out sometime — I love historical books!


  2. This is one of the TTT I wish I had participated in. I’ve so enjoyed reading folks’ answers. On your list, the one that I also read and loved pre-blog was Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.


  3. Great list! I have been meaning to read The Curious Incident…for ages! I’ve been eyeing up tickets to go and see the National Theatre’s adaptation that’s on in the West End as I’ve heard good things, but I still want to read the book first.


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