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Magan: Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Read Pre-Blogging

So I kind of cheated for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I only chose nine books. This is so incredibly OCD of me, but when I was doing the layout, I did a grid that only had room for 9 books. I’m a bit neurotic and couldn’t force myself to squeeze in a tenth book. Oops?

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Pre-Blogging.

the glass castle, the mysterious benedict society, something borrowed, north of beautiful, the piper

  1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls — *gasp* I KNOW! You guys don’t see me read a lot of adult fiction (much less memoirs), but ohmygosh this book is so flipping fantastic. I had a very deep emotional connection to this one.
  2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart — I also don’t read TONS of middle grade books, but this serious is so fantastic. It’s about kid geniuses who need good homes and they’re always trying to solve a mystery.
  3. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin — By now I’m sure we’ve all seen the movie, but I was a major chick lit girl back in the day.
  4. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley — This was shortly before I became a blogger (but still a rec from Estelle) and … wow. Gorgeous writing. Lovely story.
  5. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta — All hail Melina Marchetta. By far my favorite of her books. Love, love, love.
  6. Hourglass by Myra McEntire — Time travel? What? In addition to that and the steamy tension between the characters, this is a total win.
  7. Perfect Fifths (Jessica Darling #5) by Megan McCafferty — Yes, I chose the FIFTH book and not the first. It’s my favorite. What’s yours?
  8. Love Story by Jennifer Echols — I’m kind of in the minority, I think, for loving this book the way I do. There’s not a perfect ending, but boy do I like the open-endedness.
  9. Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell — And one more chick lit book for you guys. Jill is hilarious. Her characters are always in some undeniably terrible point in their lives. I need to read another of her books ASAP.

(Okay, so what would my tenth pick really be? The entire Harry Potter series. Ooops — I just cheated again. That makes 16 books. ;))

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Don’t forget to check out the fabulous list over at The Broke and the Bookish!

What were your favorite books pre-blogging?

April 16, 2013 - 2:43 am

Lucy - Nice topic and layout 🙂 I’m also a fan of Love Story so I’m glad to see it on your list. And I’ve been meaning to read The Piper’s Son forever!

April 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve had The Glass Castle on my to-read list for over a year now, I am going to make more of an effort to read it now!

April 10, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Alexa Y. - Harry Potter always gets a spot when it comes to lists like this. Such a fantastic series!

But I was a big Something Borrowed/Something Blue fan as well. Chick lit was one of the genres I read to relax prior to blogging, though it’s fallen by the wayside a bit. I may need to remedy that.

April 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Cynthia - YESSSS for Melina Marchetta, Myra McEntire and Jennifer Echols. I love them!! I read the first and second book in the Jessica Darling series but haven’t gotten the others yet because I heard that they weren’t as good. =/

April 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Angelica @ Paperback Princess - I love your blog design.

I need to read Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, she’s one of my fave Authors.

My Top Ten

Have a great week!

April 9, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Lisa - I have Benedict Society on my shelf. I know. It’s been there for AGES but the fact that it is a rare MG read for you that you adored tells me that I need to keep it around and give it a whirl.

April 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I VERY rarely pick up memoirs, but there must be something special about The Glass Castle. To this day I’ll get customers asking for a copy at least a few times a week.

The Mysterious Benedict Society has been on my radar for years now. My youngest sister has a copy of the first novel so it must be good – she’s not much of a reader. It certainly sounds like a series I’d be into.

A few years ago I gave chick-lit a try and it failed miserably. Since then I’ve been hesitant but determined to give it another shot and I’ve come across a few good books. Jill Mansell is a name I’m familiar with, though I have yet to read any of her books. However, if they’re as good as you say, then I really need to track down some of her stuff!

April 9, 2013 - 8:13 pm

elena - I totally get what you mean about the nine pics thing! I hate that it doesn’t go together nicely so I leave one out or I smoosh two together. Also, you make me excited to read The Mysterious Benedict Society! esp since you don’t usually read middle grade and still loved it. 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Natalie @ Natflix&Books - I totally cheated and put both the entire Jessica Darling series and the entire Harry Potter series. Something Borrowed is definitely a favorite, but I reviewed that on my (ahem, 5th or 6th re-read).

April 9, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Annie - I read The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I immediately loved it! I bought the rest of the books too, and that’s the first time I’ve ever bought an entire series! Though the third one wasn’t great, the series overall is one of my favourites! Constance was so awesome!

April 9, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The fact that you chose Perfect Fifths as your favorite is why we’re friends… because it’s my favorite, too!

April 9, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I really want to read Hourglass! I love the covers from this series 🙂

Mel@thedailyprophecy

April 9, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love it! Choosing 9 instead of 10 due to layout is just the kind of thing I would do! Jill Mansel and Myra McEntire are both in my to read pile. The only one on your list that I’ve read so far is SOMETHING BORROWED though. Adding things to the must read list!

April 9, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I haven’t actually read any of the books in your grid…I need to rectify that very soon! (I have read Harry Potter though…and of course I loved it, haha!) I do have Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta on my tbr pile, and I’ll probably follow that up with The Piper’s Son. Fantastic list! 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alice in Readerland - I love The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I really want to read North of Beautiful! 🙂 My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

April 9, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Kelley - Gosh, I haven’t read ANY of these! But The Glass Castle is intriguing. I’m a sucker for memoirs, so that one has definitely caught my eye. Great list! Now I have a bunch of new books to explore. 🙂

April 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - The ones I’ve read on this list I read AFTER starting my blog, but loved them all the same! And I agree with you about being in the minority on Love Story; I actually really liked this one and the ending!

April 9, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Tara - Oh my gosh, I read The Glass Castle too! What a heartbreaking story but so good at the same time. Speaking of which, I also read the A Child Called It books… talk about brutal :/

April 9, 2013 - 8:03 am

Anna - PERFECT FIFTHS! NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. I always knew I liked you…

April 9, 2013 - 12:09 am

ashley - Oooh The Mysterious Benedict Society. Excellent choice! I adore that series. As for my favorites pre-blogging, my post should go up sometime soon. I hope!

April 9, 2013 - 12:08 am

Sarah O - I will always love you (and Estelle!) for loving North of Beautiful. I think this needs to become the book I start pushing on everyone from now on! Also I love your layout 🙂

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