09 April 2013

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!


Sometimes I forget that I read books before I was a blogger - when I just read books without taking notes, not planning when I had to have it read by, or just reading trash because I felt like it.  And a lot of the books I loved before I was a blogger I've re-read so I can tell people all about them, but these are books that I read before I was a blogger, and I've never re-read.  All fresh and new...ish.



The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

This was probably one of the first adult post-apocalyptic books I ever read, and I was instantly hooked.  Yes, I know it's terribly dark and there's very little hope in the story, but hey, it was the end of the world after all.








The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I remember my grandmother gave me a beautiful leather-bound copy of The Secret Garden when I was about 12 years old.  I must have read it a dozen times.






Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables was one of the first books I remember getting out from the library.  And then I pestered my mother to buy them ALL of the series, and I read them back-to-back-to-back.






The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

How many people say this book started their dystopian addiction?  It was also the first YA book I read when I wasn't a YA anymore.








World War Z by Max Brooks

One of my favourite ever zombie books and I think I read it in a single sitting.








Infected (Infected #1) by Scott Sigler

This series....if you love horror, you should definitely track down a copy of Infected.  It made me feel nauseous, the first and only book that I ever had to put down so I could go and get some fresh air.  Perversely, I loved it.






The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Ah this book - I fell instantly in love with Henry.  And then they went and cast Eric Bana in the movie which just made me love him even MORE.



A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

I first read this in high school, and then again a few years later and I loved the mix of historical fiction and strong women who did whatever was necessary to survive.


The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth #1) by Ken Follett

This is a bit of an odd pick for me, because I found the architecture bits nothing more than a good excuse to zone out, but the epicness of scope more than made up for it.  I went straight on to read World Without End.



The Bronze Horseman (Tatiana & Alexander #1) by Paullina Simons

Yeah, don't really need to explain this one, seeing as it comes into my TTT's very regularly.



Room by Emma Donoghue

I have a fascination with 'issues' books, and this was pretty much as issued as it gets - I was totally enthralled by Jack and his way of seeing the world around him.







So, that's my list - I now have an overwhelming urge to go back and read every single one of them because writing about them has made me craaaaaaaaaaave them.

What are your pre-blogging favourites?

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  2. I haven't heard of Infected before but I am down to read it now thanks to that description. I'm not sure I've ever had such a visceral reaction to a book, although I felt pretty woozy and gross after watching the films Mysterious Skin and Martyrs.

    I just finished Room yesterday, loved it!

    (sorry about the deleted comment above, some how a part of an earlier blog post I wrote attached to the bottom of it!)

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    1. I love reading books that push my limits - after years of reading horror it's still the one that stands out in my mind as the most gruesome!

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  3. Oooh, the Secret Garden and the Anne of Green Gables books were childhood favourites. Anne is such a fabulous heroine. And one of the few fictional characters that I genuinely think would make a great role model too.
    Also eee, the Hunger Games. I FINALLY got around to reading them earlier this year. Obviously by that stage, just from hearing bloggers talk about them, I already knew the basic plotline, but I really enjoyed getting to see that plotline unfold.

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    1. I loved Anne - I wanted to live on the island and be her friend!

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  4. I really want to read Room, I have had that one forever and just never picked it up. I think it is one that I would definitely like. The Hunger Games is definitely a popular one this week, I know it would be on my list for sure!

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    1. It's such an intense book, I think you'd really like it - I loved the perspective.

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  5. I have to say, Hunger Games made my list as well. It was the series that really made me want to be a book blogger, actually. And I agree, World War Z is my favourite zombie book to-date, and that crap movie version makes me so sad.

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    1. HG is one of those series that's so iconic it's hard not to get excited about it.

      It's obviously all about the money with the WWZ movie, bleugh!

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  6. Yay, happy to see Anne on another list (and the Hunger Games)! And Max Brooks! His Zombie Survival Guide made my list.

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    1. Loved Anne! I'd love to go back and re-read the books again one day.

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  7. I really need to read The Bronze Horseman and Anne of Green Gables.

    Here's Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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  8. The Secret Garden's on my list as well, and Pillars of the Earth almost was. I loved that book so hard when I was in high school. The Bronze Horseman was...something. We'll see how Tatiana and Alexander goes. At least Dasha's dead and they should be done with that. Oh, and Dimitri. That bodes well, right?

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    1. I challenge anyone to argue The Secret Garden - it was definitely my childhood favourite, and I still remember the copy I had. I should track another one down.

      We can agree to disagree on TBH. There are some twists in the next book though!

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  9. Great list! I´ve read and loved The Hunger Games.
    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

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    1. It's definitely one I'd love to re-read!

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  10. I really want to pick up a copy of World War Z. I'm sure I'll love it! I started reading The Road a couple of years ago but never finished it, I think it had something to do with the fact it was too bleak for me to power through. I'll have to hunt out my copy and give it another go though. Great list!

    My Top Ten

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    1. The Road is such a mood book - I tried re-reading it once and I just couldn't do it, it was too bleak. Still loved it though.

      WWZ is great, even if you don't love love love zombies. And great if you do ;)

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  11. I have a copy from Infected and it does sound like a disturbing read. I like that sometimes :p

    Mel@thedailyprophecy

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  12. ROOM!!! Seeing the world through Jack's eyes...there are no words, really. I listened to it on audio - what an experience!

    I definitely need to read Infected now. :)

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    1. Oooooo yeah Room would be an experience on audio.

      Scott Sigler is fabulous, definitely one of my favourite 'new' horror writers!

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  13. I haven't even heard of Infected and A town like Alice. The books I find and add from your blog posts...*sigh*

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    1. Definitely read A Town Like Alice - it's an Aussie classic :)

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  14. I've definitely read a few of these, although one I haven't read, that I can't believe is The Secret Garden. I think I even owned a copy of it growing up! I did read The Little Princess over and over, and really don't understand why I never read The Secret Garden. I guess that just means I need to read it now!

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