April 9, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Started Blogging (18)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's topic: Favorite Books I Read Before I Started Blogging. Given that I only started blogging 4 months ago, I feel like narrowing this list down to ten is going to be somewhat difficult for me, so I think I'll do 5 favorite individual books and 5 favorite series. Cheating? Yes. Acceptable? I make the rules here, so yes.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUAL BOOKS I LOVE


1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I don't love cancer books, so I wasn't going to read this one, but I heard a million amazing things about it and I couldn't help myself, so I picked it up. To everyone who told me to read this: YOU WERE RIGHT. This book has made it onto so many of my Top Ten lists I can't even. It's just so wonderfully sad and funny and amazing all at the same time.

2. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I love all of the Sarah Dessen books and I'm not even sure if this one's my favorite, but this one was my first. My friend pushed it on me in high school. I wasn't sure because back then I was very fantasy oriented and I felt like contemporary love stories were just fluff. But Sarah Dessen (and my friend) proved me wrong with this book. For that alone this book is a favorite.

3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I cried like a small child when I read this book. The protagonist, Sam, is a little annoying at the beginning, but the way Lauren Oliver makes her likable by the end of the book is masterful. I mean, you know the how it has to end and you make peace with that, but by the end you're WISHING for some kind of bookish miracle.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
There's something so different and so amazing about this book. It took me a while to get through, but I think that's just because the writing style is so unique. Not to mention the subject matter is so utterly fascinating (to me, at least), which puts it squarely on my favorites list.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
So I know this book is part of a series, but I don't love all of the books in the series and I LOVE this one, so I figured it deserved special mention. There's just something about the familial themes and the noir that made me re-read this one a hundred times. Okay. Maybe not a hundred, but at least a dozen or so.

TOP FIVE SERIES I LOVE


6. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins 
I jumped on The Hunger Games train later than everyone else. In fact, the trailer for the movie was already out by the time I picked it up, which is why, when everyone was all "THAT'S NOT WHAT PEETA LOOKS LIKE," I was all, "uh, yeah it is," because Josh Hutcherson was in my head as Peeta from the start. Anyway, that's not the point. The point is that The Hunger Games pulled me back into YA. Sure, I read in college, I even read YA, but THG restored the stay up too late reading, book grabby hands element to my life. 

7. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
This is another series pushed on me by the same girl who pushed Sarah Dessen. I knew of Meg Cabot at the time (I mean, who didn't? The Princess Diaries owned teenage-land for a good couple of years) but I didn't like ghosts. But, well, I think Jesse is the exception to every rule. And Suze is the best. So double awesome.

8. The Year I Turned 16 by Diane Schwemm
My sister read this series when we were much younger. Since I had to do everything my big sister did (how else do you think I learned how to put on makeup?), I snagged these books as soon as she finished and I loved. I haven't read them recently, but all the good feelings definitely remain.

9.  Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
My blog has seriously become an ode to Tamora Pierce. But I'm going to keep listing her books as a favorite until everyone I know has fallen to peer pressure and read this book. Seriously. I'm not even kidding. Everyone, go read. 

10. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
This is another series that holds a very special place in my heart. I read The Golden Compass IN SCHOOL and loved. Who knew you could love school books? Well I didn't, at least not until The Golden Compass. It helps that my teacher that year was awesome. And that we listened to the audiobook in class. I'm pretty sure that was my only ever audiobook but as far as I can recall, it was made of awesome.

Sometimes I feel like my Top Ten Tuesday lists are a little repetitive, but I just can't help myself. What about you guys? More of the same? If so, let me know what you can't stop listing in the comments below. If I've already read it, we should talk. If not, maybe I should get to it! 

22 comments:

  1. This Lullaby is my favorite Sarah Dessen book (followed closely by The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride)! I'm always excited to see it on someone's TTT list! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    1. Always. These books are ALWAYS on my TTT lists!!! ^_^

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  2. I finally read the Hunger Games trilogy earlier this year - so I was waaaay late to the bandwagon, and Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson and all the rest were firmly in my head as What Katniss And Co Should Look Like. But I like them for their characters. It was interesting reading them for myself having heard so much discussion of the characters etc on various blogs, and knowing the entire general storyline. And I really liked them.
    Sarah Dessen! Although I think I would have to put Truth About Forever and Just Listen a TEENY bit ahead of This Lullaby in my own personal rankings. Though Dexter's pretty adorable.
    I know what you mean about sameness though - my favourite character lists are basically the same as my favourite couple lists are basically the same as my favourite book lists, because it's all tangled up together. But that's OK!

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    1. Oh, Just Listen is my favorite, I think, but This Lullaby was my first and has sentimental feelings and all that.

      Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's okay with THG casting! >.<

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  3. Nice list! I of course read Prisoner of Azkaban but haven't read The Hunger Games of The Fault in our stars yet :)

    http://myloveforfilmsandnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/top-ten-tuesday-4-top-ten-books-i-read.html

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  4. Like you, I haven't been a blogger for too long either, and so narrowing down my list to ten was a mission, to say the least!
    The Fault In Our Stars was all kinds of greatness in a book, wasn't it? I only got round to reading it last month!
    The Golden Compass (which is called The Northern Lights here in the UK) was pretty darn great too. I have yet to read the rest of the series, but again that was a book I only read a good few months ago.

    My TTT

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    1. Y'know, I don't even hate that there's a title change for the US on The Golden Compass because I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Usually it annoys me, but not here ^_^

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  5. still never read a dessen. OOOPPPPSSS. </3. I WILL I WILL. LOVE TFIOS, so much. and you, of course!

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  6. Awwww, THG. That series means the WORLD to me, even though I have major, major issues with Mockingjay. I remember when Gale and Peeta were cast, I thought the pictures I saw were switched around. Now I can't imagine anyone else playing either of them!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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    1. hahahaaaa I LOVE that you thought the pictures were switched around. But yeah. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing them either, but for other reasons ^_^

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  7. Ah yes! Priosoner of Azkaban is the best in the series! Oh my gosh I am dying to read the Song of the Lioness series but I can't find them anywhere, only online for expensive prices. I will get them soon though! Thanks for sharing!

    My Top Ten!

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    1. PoA really IS the best. As for Song of the Lioness... really!?!? BN has them. Then again, I don't know where you're from so that might not be helpful. Either way, they have new covers and everything (I don't like said new covers, but they're there!)

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  8. The audiobooks for His Dark Materials are fantastic! I love the full cast. I love all the HP books. But my favorite is definitely Prisoner. :)

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    1. RIGHT? I love that audiobook. It's genius. And I'm glad you also like PoA the best ^_^

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  9. Love your list! There are a few on there that I really would love to read - Sarah Dessen, The Mediator Series, Before I Fall... I've been listening to His Dark Materials on audio and they are simply fabulous! Really need to finish that series up!

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    1. Well, I only listened to The Golden Compass. I read the other two. Well, actually, I also read The Golden Compass because I went ahead of the class. But still. But DEFINITELY read the others!! ^_^

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  10. Your list is WONDERFUL. I love basically every book on this list. It's easy to tell why we're friends :D I didn't like The Fault in Our Stars as much as the rest of the world, so that's the only major one I'd disagree with, and I haven't read The Mediator series, but otherwise, this list wins.

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    1. READ MEDIATOR. And it's okay not to like books as much as other people. Just as long as you do like them. NO JUST KIDDING. Like what you like. We'll like you anyways. <3

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  11. I personally don't mind your blog becoming an ode to Tamora Pierce because HELLO my blog is too! I love her and all her series, and she will forever have a spot in my heart <3

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    1. YES. Okay. As long as I'm not alone! ^_^

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