Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Started Blogging In June 2010
I read a lot differently before I started this blog (a topic which I’ll expand upon in a future Before & After) so this should be fun! I wasn’t really up in the YA scene and ones I read were only because I heard great things about them. I’ve started doing “Before I Blogged I Read…” reviews so you’ll see some of these featured in that or have already seen them talked about.
Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden: God, I loved this book. One of those where I had to pry myself out of it because I felt like I was so deeply embedded in the story and setting. I HIGHLY recommend this book — even if you typically only read YA I think you will love it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusack: OH MY GOSH. Everything about this book was just perfect for me — an unusual narrator, characters I could see vividly and love, a compelling plot and the ability to absolutely wreck me by the end. OH GOD. I can still remember staying up and bawling while reading it until 4am with very red eyes.
The Giver by Lois Lowry: A childhood favorite that I absolutely need to read again soon!
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: Forever and always will be a favorite.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: I wasn’t really a YA reader but heard everyone in the world talk about this book and WOW. Since blogging I’ve had the pleasure to read more LHA and meet her and she is a fabulous author, person and champion for YA lit. A must read if you are just delving into YA lit. If you haven’t gotten to this one, it’s on sale for the Kindle as I write this!
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: I know a lot of people think JSF is pretentious or what not but I love what he writes and this book made me bawl and also laugh out loud. There are two storylines and Oskar’s is definitely the more compelling one for me. One of my all time faves!!
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: I read this one back in high school in 2004 (I think). A friend had given it to me and I didn’t even KNOW it was YA lit. It was just a book to me and then I read it and I was BLOWN away. I just recently saw the movie and I thought it was one of the best adaptations ever and captured how I felt perfectly.
Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: If you hate overly verbose books, step away from this one. BUT OMG can this man spin the words. I loved this book so much as well as his other book One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum: If you love historical fiction (esp that set in WWII) I highly recommend this. A beautiful and touching mother daughter story this one was. It’s one I recommend regardless if you read YA or Adult Fiction.
So tell me…have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR list?