Top Ten Tuesday (63) : Ten Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Brokeandbookish. This week’s theme is a Freebie, so I have decided to talk about Ten Books I have read BEFORE I started blogging. There are TONS of books, but I just picked out ten, because…well that’s the rule, haha and for once I’ll go with that πŸ˜‰Β If you want to discover the wonderful books, click on the title for a link to Goodreads!

1 β€’Β The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

I don’t remember how long ago I’ve read these books, but they definitely shaped my love for YA books.

2 β€’Β The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

Ohh I read those books when I was a child – pre teen, most likely, I don’t remember really well because my memory is terrible, BUT I feel like there is still something very magical to that story.


3 β€’ Β Looking for Alaska, John Green

I’m becoming kind of predictable there now, aren’t I? What can I say. First loves….



4 β€’Β Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

Not really a YA book, but still a MIND-BLOWING story you should all check out.

5 β€’Β The Au Pairs, Melissa De La Cruz

Now, THIS was my go-to read for the summer. A group of girls being au pairs and living great adventures? YES.

6 β€’Β Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

I am a bit surprised that book isn’t around much in the book blogging community. Sure, it’s yesterday’s news, but it was SO good. Or am I the only one thinking that?.

7 β€’Β Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard

I was OBSESSED with this series. Then I learned that another 100 books were about to be released, and my brains just froze, like, “NO”.

8 β€’Β Harry Potter, J.K Rowling

That one, you saw it coming as well, right? Read it not THAT long ago, but definitely before I started blogging.


9 β€’ Delirium, Lauren Oliver

That book was a huge slap in the face, one that said: THIS IS FANTASTIC. I love this book.

10 β€’Β The Host, Stephenie Meyer

Okay, I don’t know if a lot of you guys read that book? I found the world and the story quite original, I liked it.

What are some books you discovered and read BEFORE you started blogging? Do you think you’d still love these books now, with your book blogger-critical-eye?Β Let’s chat in comments!Β πŸ’¬

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95 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (63) : Ten Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

  1. haha that was my exact experience with Pretty Little Liars! I stayed with it for a bit, but after a while I just couldn’t keep up with that never-ending series. It got way too complicated for what it was and just dragged on forever!

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  2. Oh man, that reminds me I still need to get to Uglies. *runs and goes write it down on a note* I love Looking for Alaska, it’s my second favorite John Green book after Paper Towns. I just have a thing for stories about manic pixie dream girls and their deconstruction. I even tried writing it once, but I think I just managed MPDG instead of deconstructing it.

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    1. OH YES you should get Uglies right now. I’ll make sure to remind you ahah ALL THE TIME now. I loved that book and I want to know your thoughts about it now.
      I’m so happy you love these books as well, there’s something about these kind of stories that make me want to read it, really πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Jamie!

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  3. I still love Harry Potter, and honestly can’t see that changing. The way I thought of Narnia as a child has changed now (but still good).

    The Host I found interesting until about halfway through, then it got boring and tedious, and the ending really let me down. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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      1. It’s a tough tie between Never Let Me Go and Delirium – the first I only recently added to my TBR and the second I have had in my TBR for as long as I have had Goodreads!! So, I probably should read delirium first…

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  4. I love The Hunger Games! I have so much love for that series it’s crazy. I bought the first 8 Pretty Little Liars books in a bundle and haven’t read more than two chapters. I’m so bad. I watched some of the show and then forgot what happened. I was thinking about re-watching it from the beginning. I love the actor who plays Ezra. 😍

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    1. Oh yes, I love it too, so, so much! What did you think about the movie adaptations? πŸ™‚
      I think I bought the PLL series, and read until the, 12th book maybe? This series is just way too long, and that’s sad because if it ended after the 8th book, it would have been so, so great. I hate when a series drags on and on and onnnn.
      Ohhh YES me too, Ian Harding is so gorgeous!


  5. I have so so many books I read before I started blogging, mainly because I only started blogging November last year, and before that I probably read a few hundred books or so!
    But some of these are favourite series of mine. It took me ages to get around to The Hunger Games, but both Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia are books I grew up with so they’re always going to have that sense of nostalgia surrounding them for me! πŸ™‚
    Also oh I loved the Uglies books, so you’re definitely not the only person who thinks that, and now you mentioned it yeah I am kind of surprised they’re not mentioned more on the book
    blogging community! I may have to re-read this series again soon! πŸ˜€
    Great picks for this week, and a great topic as well! πŸ™‚

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    1. I keep forgetting you’re still young to the blogging community, I feel like I’ve been seeing your blog and talking to you since, well, forever ❀ ❀
      I'm so, so glad you like Uglies as well! It's such a good series, kind of forgotten here in the bookish community -well, I feel like it- and it makes me a bit sad! I love these books so much πŸ™‚
      Thank you Beth!! ❀ ❀

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      1. Ha, yeah, hasn’t been long that I’ve been on WordPress if you think of it that way. But I know what you mean, I feel like we’ve been talking way longer than we have, and honestly it’d feel weird now to go too long without talking to you ❀
        No I completely know what you mean, until you mentioned it in your TTT I'd kind of forgotten about it a little. It was an amazing series, I remember talking about it with my friend, we were going crazy waiting for the next book to be released at the time πŸ™‚
        That's all right ❀

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  6. I’ve read two of these!!
    My reading life before blogging consisted of mainly Tween and Children’s books. After reading an…. Interesting YA book, I had stopped reading YA. Since I started blogging, I have began to love YA πŸ™‚

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  7. I also read The Hunger Games, Delirium, Harry Potter and The Host before I even heard of book blogging and I loved each and every one of them! And I do still love them today! I may have become a bit more critical of books, but I still consider how I feel when reading a book as the most important and if I loved them once, they will keep a special place in my book-loving heart πŸ™‚

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  8. I started blogging this year, so 8/10 of these books are ones I read waaaay before 2016 and I’m hesitant to go back and review them now. I think Uglies is definitely one of those books that I enjoyed the first time around, but if I tried reading it again, I would hate it. Either way, awesome list! Feel free to check out my TTT for this week:

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      1. I’m worried I won’t like them as much as I did the first time around. I did actually reread Harry Potter recently, because my roommate was reading the series for the first time ever! Those are always fantastic. I didn’t like Delirium at all the second time around, though. I’ll have to think about it some more, but maybe I will end up going back to more of these old reads πŸ™‚

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  9. I’ve read most of those, though I still have The Au Pairs and Never Let Me Go on my TBR list. I am more critical of the books I read now, and I’m a little sad about taht, but at the same time, I’m reading more and I get to interact with other bloggers, which is so much fun! Great list! Here’s mine. Happy reading!

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  10. Never Let Me Go sounds brilliant! I need to read it soon πŸ™‚ the only other Kazuo Ishiguro novel I’ve read is The Remains of the Day, and that was SO GOOD. He’s a great writer πŸ™‚

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  11. I also read THG, Narnia, Never Let Me Go, Pretty Little Liars, Harry Potter, and Delirium before I started blogging! Tbh I’ve forgotten many of them, haha. I haven’t read The Host yet because Twilight turned me off Stephenie Meyer but I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I might eventually check it out just to see what it’s about. πŸ™‚

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    1. We have so much in common, I love it ❀ I get it, personally I found the story quite original and different, but the beginning is a bit slow if I remember correctly, and confusing. Once I got into it, it was very good πŸ™‚ I hope you'll want to check it out sometime! πŸ™‚


      1. It is too bad, yes 😦 But well, someday I WILL come to Australia (it’s one of my biggest dreams, really, even if I’m definitely not dreaming of huge reptiles haha) and we will have a bookish day and eat great food and talk all day long πŸ˜€
        Of course! I tend to get bothered by slow beginnings as well, but for some reason I rarely DNF books. I’m glad I warned you then πŸ™‚


      2. I’ve been in Aus for about six years now and I’ve never actually seen any huge reptile unless it’s in the zoo, haha. Really not sure where that stereotype came from! I promise that if you stay with me all day long we won’t be seeing any huge reptile. πŸ˜›

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  12. Ooh I love this topic! I was obsessed with the Pretty Little Liars books, but then I stopped reading them after like book 5? I’ve considered rereading them, but there’s so many now I don’t know haha. Also Harry Potter is everything. And Looking For Alaska! I love that so much.

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    1. Oh thank you Lauren! I used to be so obsessed as well, but then I heard there were still 102458 books to read and it bothered me. I just wanted to figure out the whole mystery, but it was endless. Too bad, it was such a good series!
      And yes you love looking for alaska as well? LET ME HUG YOU LAUREN. ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀


    1. I did, and well…you know that feeling when they DESTROY a book you love? Well that was it. They crammed the whole first book into the episode, but it was all kind of messy, badly written (and acted, if you ask me), and I felt so sad. That book is so good, and the whole idea behind it had so much potential…And it was all wasted in just one episode :/


  13. I read The Host before I started blogging as well, but I don’t remember it that much. Also totally feel you on Pretty Little Liars haha. I never started it, but I was interested in it until I found out how many books there were (and back then there were more coming). So I just stuck with the tv show πŸ˜›

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      1. I am! Though I’m a bit behind since I watch it with a friend and we’ve both been too busy to hang out and watch it. I can’t wait to watch the rest of season 6 though! πŸ™‚ Are you still watching it as well?

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